The Republican Jacobins at work:
Victoria Day is the starkest reminder that we're still linked to the British monarchy. As a first step toward ending all ties to the monarchy, this outdated vestige of our colonial days should be renamed.
When I suggested last year that we get rid of Victoria Day and replace it with something that more accurately reflects Canada, I was swamped with letters and emails.
One columnist accused me and others who want to change the holiday name of "insolence" and of being "ignorant" and "ill-mannered."
Even the Star's editorial board disagreed with me, saying in a Victoria Day editorial, "on too few occasions do we celebrate our history. Today is one of them"
Actually, replacing the name Victoria Day with a name that better reflects Canadian history could result in raising awareness of our history much better than by honouring a foreign queen who died 108 years ago and never visited here.
"We have desired in this measure to declare in the most solemn and emphatic manner our resolve to be under the Soveriegnty of Your Majesty and your family for ever."
"It was only a sentence; but if he had been asked to state the political purpose of his life in a single sentence he could hardly have done better."
Most Commonwealth countries dropped their ties to the monarchy long ago without creating constitutional or political chaos...