The Harper Government has decided that our armed forces will now be called the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force.  Are we now sliding back into the cozy cocoon of the Mother Country.  Why do we have to suck up to the Crown?  Are we an independent country or are we not?

Quebeckers, historians and anti-monarchists have all denounced this move.  Critics claim that the word “royal” conjures up images of colonialism and a time when our forces were the defenders of the British Empire, not just the country of Canada.

Professor Pierre Anctil at Ottawa University said the new names will bring back painful memories when francophones opposed conscription during the two world wars.

The Bloc Quebecois roundly condemned the move.

A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Legion said the money required to change all the names to “Royal” could better be used to directly strengthn the armed forces themselves.

Should Canada’s military be royal?

What do you think?


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    jim Says:

    Someone should have a word with separatists and point out that the new “Royal” or “Royale” is in honor of one of the last kings of France, Phillippe. (I don’t think it’s necessary to mention that the powers that be, at that time, chopped his head off).
    Will Jack Layton come up with some blunder?
    I’m trying to think of an alternative to “Royal”. Using “Canadian Air Force” or “Canadian Navy looks naked. In the army most of the regiments have names, quite often named after the area where they were recruited.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Get used to it. The monarchy is here to stay.

    In ’81 during the constitution patriation exercise, the pro-monarchist forces got Trudeau to make as part of the amending formula the requirement that any changes to the monarchy would have to be unanimous, meaning all 10 provinces plus parliament would have to sign on. This makes it virtually impossible to get rid of the monarchy…so it’s here to stay…FOREVER!

    So, embrace it.

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