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I am a 30 year old Canadian, who is also Slovak, ...

piatok, februára 04, 2005

The Queen is a Canadian.

{This is a copy, 'slightly' edited, of a recent post I made on the monarchist bulletin board.}

Posted by Cyril Bagin on January 27, 2005, 11:54 am, in reply to "Is the Queen a Canadian Citizen?

The Queen of Canada is most certainly and clearly a "Canadian" legally, and she personally considers herself a Canadian as well, according to her own statements.

Citizenship is a legal category that needs to be understood properly. Canadian "citizenship" is just over fifty years old. Before the Citizenship Act, people were legal Canadians as subjects of the Crown residing in Canada without having "citizenship".

It is the Monarch of Canada who enacted this law and it is Her Majesty's law today that makes us all Canadian citizens. This is most clearly evident with immigrants: they become Canadian citizens when they swear (or affirm) the Oath pledging Allegiance to the Queen of Canada. (This shows the connection to the historic status of "subject".)

We are "citizens" because of our relationship of allegiance with the Queen of Canada, who has first sworn an oath to serve us. This relationship is foundational for a constitutional monarchy, which is what Canada continues to be. We should be loyal to the Canadian Crown, not to the government of the day or any political faction. The Queen thus personifies the authority of the Crown and embodies the abstract concept of the state.

If you understand this, you realize that the Queen is not technically a "citizen" because as Monarch she is in a unique legal and constitutional category. But she is the Canadian Monarch, whose Canadian identity, role, responsibilities and rights are enshrined in the Canadian Constitution. The Constitution continues to vest executive authority in The Queen and makes Her Majesty one of the three parts of The Parliament of Canada, as is clear in the text of every Canadian law.

Beyond the legal reality that The Queen is Canadian, there are the historical and cultural realities that show she is Canadian personally. One is "Canadian" not only because of citizenship, but also because of various connections and associations with Canada, as a land, a people and a state. Also, a Canadian should feel "Canadian" and identify as such.

Her Majesty's family has been intimately involved in shaping and forming Canada for hundreds of years. Her relatives have actually lived in Canada for periods of time over the past 200 years and have shaped us as a nation. Relatively recently, her son, Prince Andrew, went to school in Ontario and considers Canada his second home.

Her mother, The Queen Mother, over 60 years ago famously stated in response to a reporter's question about her nationality that she was Canadian. Today The Queen and her family visit Canada much more often than people realize and are involved in many aspects of Canadian society, from the military to athletics to community life, in addition to the Queen's governmental role.

The Queen is regularly briefed about Canadian affairs, probably being more informed about Canada than most residents, and she has visited more of Canada than I probably ever will, and I live here. Just recently, the Prime Minister received the Queen's personal permission to change the Canadian Government's diplomatic documents. The Queen is proud to be able to use her fluent French in an official capacity as “La Reine du Canada.”

And Queen Elizabeth II has cleared stated often that she considers herself a Canadian. When she was in California in the early 80's, leaving for BC the next day, a reporter asked her where she was going next and Her Majesty bluntly said:
"I'm going home to Canada tomorrow."

For more in this regard, see this link: http://www.monarchist.ca/menu/elizir.html