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The pros and cons of the monarchy I CBC Kids News

October 13, 2019


I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself
had a baby boy. [camera shutters click] ♪ [soft piano] You’ve probably heard about Harry and Meghan’s
new royal baby. The news has been getting
lots of attention in Canada. But what do the royals have
to do with you and me? ♪ ♪ Well, Canada is a monarchy. ♪ ♪So, she has some
representatives here
to help her out.♪ ♪ Robert Falconer is a fan
of the monarchy. I sat down with him inside
for high tea to find out why. ♪ ♪ Can you tell me
a little bit about how the monarchy helps Canada?That’s a
good question.
It’s a symbol of
cultural unity. Whatever country you’re from,
whoever you love, whether you’re born here
or from abroad, we all are loyal
to the Crown and Elizabeth
and her successors. ♪ ♪ How does the monarchy make
Canada more stable? It’s a referee
for our democracy. A good example of this is in the recent British Columbia
election a couple of years ago in which after the election
results came in, we realized that no one party
actually had a clear majority. The then Premier,
Christy Clark,went to the Lieutenant Governor
and asked for another election.
The Lieutenant Governor then
took some consideration.
She went to other legal
squalls in the community
and eventually decided
to actually ask
another leader,
of the NDP,
now Premier Horgan to see if he
could actually form government.
That’s a way in which
they can actually safeguard
the results
of elections. Some say that it isn’t fair that
you only get to be in charge of Canada if you’re royal.
What do you think? It is a position of birth, but also one that comes with
a lot of training, a lot of non-partisanship, meaning that they don’t belong
to any political party, and therefore they can sort of
be that person to safeguard, not overruling democracy,
but actually the one who really tries to guard
the Canadian system. ♪ ♪ Thank you
so much. Cheers.Pierre Vincent says the Queen
shouldn’t be in charge.
He wants to get rid
of the monarchy. I asked him to explain why. What do you think when you see
a British flag like the one behind us? Pierre:When I sit here
in Canada
I start wondering about
our identity issues. Are we a true nation or
are we still a colony? Because Canada becoming
a true nation has been a very long
process of 167 years. Through that process
we got our own flag,we got our own
citizenship,
we got our own
national anthem,
we got the right
to make our own laws,
we got our own
constitution back,
and let’s finish
our homework
and get our own
head of state.
No Canadian can be
a head of state. Which means that yourself
or any of your viewers could not dream of becoming
Canada’s head of state one day, so we’re not truly grown up
as a nation because of it. As a French speaker, what does the monarchy
represent for you? Oh, um, to me it represents what
it represents to many Canadians of a variety
of different origins,be they from India or from
Jamaica or from Ireland,
a lot of these countries that
were once colonies of Britain.
Monarchy represents these
symbols of colonialism,
which is not very nice.♪ ♪ Some people seem to think that
it is important to have an unelected leader because
they aren’t part of politics. We all know that’s
not really true. No one is completely
apolitical. For example,
during apartheid, the royal family said
nothing against apartheid. By doing that, they’re
actually enabling it. ♪ ♪ When it comes to the monarchy there are definitely
pros and cons. What do you think? Do you think we should wave
goodbye to the Queenand get rid of the monarchy?Or are you fine with things
just the way they are? Cast your vote at
cbckidsnews.ca. ForCBC Kids News,
I’m Alexia Sabau in Calgary. ♪ ♪

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