It turns out, for some conspicuous monarchists in Canada, their love for Queen Elizabeth II is as thin as a sheet of paper – literally.
That became clear earlier this week after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared Monday, September 19 a national holiday to observe the passing of “one of my favorite people in the world.” “.
“Canada,” said Trudeau, is “mourning.” Certainly, most Canadians, I suppose, have stopped to reflect on the death of the 96-year-old British monarch. But I don’t see much evidence that Canada has been enveloped in grief or shock questioning what will happen to us now that her bland 73-year-old son, Charles, is king .
Instead, from the perch, my humble, acknowledged republic, Canadians seem to be continuing with the vague feelings, frustrations, pleasures, and mundane demands of life like it. as before.
Meanwhile, the possibility that the whole country will enjoy a surprise holiday on the eve of summer’s sunset is a welcome surprise amid the gloomy media coverage.
I know. I know. I’m an emotionless person. In my defense, I suspect that many of my insensitive republican colleagues in Canada who, like me, have never considered the queen to be among the “most loved people in the world.” ” – also welcome news about impromptu vacation.
However, I feel a bit cheated. Britain – our mythical “motherland” – is spending 10 days remembering the queen’s seven-decade reign. A dull day that, by comparison, seems, at best, unrealizable or worse, a cheap, royal drop.
Despite the commotion, covered 24/7 by revered black figures who have repeatedly recounted recently the moving spectacle of the late emperor’s grateful, devout subjects. Queens are standing in long lines, a fair number of Britons will reportedly prefer to watch a footie rather than a funeral – at home or in a pub.
Louts was emotionless.
Alas, Trudeau’s “holiday” to allow bereaved Canadians a chance to grieve – which made me feel uncomfortable – came with a caveat. Only federal civil servants have the day off to sit in front of widescreen, high-definition telecommunications and look on while a bunch of princes and princesses bicker and a serial sex offender is charged. Say goodbye to my dearest mother.
“She’s the queen of the people – she’s not just the queen of the workers in the public sector,” one rogue monarchist told a Canadian TV presenter.
Too true bro.
Sadly, the persuasive logic of monarchism has been distorted to escape the attention of Ontario Premier Doug Ford – a media-instigated “populist” who, once again, has proven that he not a “champion of the people” but a stupid hypocrite.
Here is Ford reading from a remote camera with the sincerity of a dummy to express his sadness at the end of “a life to remember”.
“During her historic reign,” stammered Ford, “she taught us the true meaning of selfless service and was respected and admired for her sense of duty and commitment to the organization. charity.”
According to Ford’s measure, the distant matriarch of a wealthy family, the dysfunction of scheming master girls born into status and privilege is a model of service and duty that is respected and admired. tomb.
So, how did this authentic blue-skinned Tory plan to honor the selfless devotion of a dear, departed blue blood group to Canada and beyond? Predictably, he chose money over monarch.
Ford should have followed Trudeau’s generous lead and given the queen – of course, we’re credibly informed by the monarchy-worshipping tabloid press – ravaged his legion working class fans in the province an unchanged opportunity not only to bid her but also to wave a miniature Union Jack in sad solidarity.
While Doug “everyone” Ford offered his deep condolences to the royal family, callous teaching experts at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business delivered pleas with rope speed, urging urged the provincial government to resist the populist temptation to make September 19 “a statutory paid holiday”.
I realize it might be an early reference to Christmas. However, it is irresistible. Speaking to Ebenezer Scrooge, the federation’s real estate president, Dan Kelly, exclaimed: Bah humbug!
Capitalists are not sentimentalists 365 days a year.
The proposed holiday, he lamented, would be “deeply unfair” and cost “billions of dollars” for already “struggling” businesses recovering from the pandemic.
“Ask” is a blunt command wrapped up in a brief press release. After recovering from delivering a minute-long eulogy, Ford heard it – loud and clear – and like any prime minister who knows to whom he answers, he did what he was told. request.
This is not a vacation for you (and me), Ontario. We have a “day of mourning” that includes a moment of voluntary silence at 1pm to stop and consider the “remarkable life of Queen Elizabeth II and her unwavering commitment to service and duty.” grandma”.
Ford’s enthusiasm for the “day of mourning” was so great that he recycled his own speech on the day of the queen’s death to promote the idea.
Ford and stingy company should admit it: Almighty money will always be king.
I don’t know what my Ontarians will or won’t do for 60 seconds at 1 o’clock on Monday. However, I do know this: the province will – to borrow one of Ford’s tasteless catchphrases – open for business.
Perhaps cash-strapped unicorns will find solace in knowing that whenever they reach for the sharp, plastic $20 bill, they will forever be reminded of the Queen’s elegance. Elizabeth – although cropped for security purposes – photo.
For my part, I’ll make a big-money ticket for the offer to take a moment of silence to reflect on the crown’s “legacy”. Over a week ago, I devoted a column on the brutality of the British monarchy history of violence, racism, slavery and wholesale plunder of largely non-white colonies in the name of queen and nation.
That stolen bounty will be on display again as the queen walks slowly, gloomily to her final resting place in a glittering display and circumstances in which an army of famous journalists will swoon like… playful child.
As for Prime Minister Ford, in a black tie and suit with commemorative ribbons and pins fixed to his lapels, he announced Wednesday that the province’s legislature, in effect, would begin its six-day holiday week – immediately.
Bah humbug, I said.
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