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The monarchy: time for a change

By Andrew Caddell      

I respect and admire the Queen. But once she is gone, we must ask ourselves if we are a ‘real country’ or not.

Queen Elizabeth and her spouse, Prince Philip, duke of Edinburgh, during a visit to Ottawa in 2010. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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In June 1959, I was taken to my grandmother’s house in Lower Westmount in Montreal in my Sunday best. On Sherbrooke Street, I stood on a mailbox and held a large Union Jack. After what seemed like an eternity, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, and the Duke of Edinburgh, drove by. Only a few years later, an FLQ-planted bomb in a mailbox in Westmount exploded, and the Queen’s motorcade in Quebec City was booed by indépendantistes who

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