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Can Canada engage in a significant constitutional change that leaves us more united?

By Andrew Parkin       

None of these complexities mean that Canada is destined to forever retain a hereditary British king or queen as head of state. But they do suggest that we need to go beyond the observation that the monarchy seems outdated, and prepare ourselves for the hard work of finding something that works better for us.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, pictured in 1963 at the opening of the New Zealand Parliament. Two other aspects of Canada’s head of state arrangement would come to the fore in any serious debate about change. One is the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the crown, which pre-dates the establishment of the Canadian state, writes Andrew Parkin. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

The resignation of Canada’s governor general and the renewed fighting within the British Royal Family have sparked a fresh round of reflection about Canada’s ties to the monarchy. What began as a discussion about who should vet candidates for governor general has segued into a debate about whether we should get rid of the Queen as Canada’s head of state.

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Has the Hill changed for women in the workplace post-#MeToo?

News|By Alice Chen
New prescribed policies, procedures forced people to think about how they were acting, creating a 'profound' change in terms of staff understanding how they need to relate in the workplace, says the PMO's Marci Surkes.

Syrian security situation used as guise for not having political will to repatriate detained Canadians, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
'I think [the Canadian government] needs to demonstrate a stronger case that there is a real security problem and it has never been able to do so,' says former diplomat Daniel Livermore.

New Senator working group to explore diversity, inclusion training in Red Chamber

Ontario ISG Senator Rosemary Moodie says the new group shows the ‘significant investment’ the Senate is putting into pursuing ‘meaningful improvement.’

Lone wolf MPs break down what it’s like to be a region’s solitary party voice

News|By Alice Chen
'It’s like you walk around and you have a target on your back … there is something a bit, not sadistic, but satisfying in getting rid of the last MP standing,' says McGill Prof. Daniel Béland.

Senate eyes filling The Chambers as renovation plans progress

More interim office space will be needed to house Senators who are set to be displaced by future renovation projects in the Parliamentary Precinct.

UNDRIP law a ‘game changer’ for reconciliation, says AFN’s Bellegarde, calling for accelerated plan in two years

Requiring free, prior, and informed consent is not a veto, says a former judge, it’s about how the government ‘operationalizes’ its approach to projects early on.

Federal auditor general to start probe into vaccines this year

News|By Palak Mangat
The office says it doesn’t anticipate difficulty obtaining information related to its audit, including closely guarded vaccine contracts.

Duelling Liberal, NDP conventions a pre-election glimpse into campaign readiness

It was more important for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to distinguish his offer from the Liberal government, say politicos, with both parties presenting resolutions that offered similar progressive policy solutions. 

Canadians are ‘confused and anxious’: COVID-19’s third wave making Trudeau Liberals ‘vulnerable,’ say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Canadians are tired and worried and they aren't making distinctions between the federal and provincial governments.
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