OT: Happy Canada Day

Daniel J. Matyola danmatyola at gmail.com
Sun Jul 4 15:14:23 EDT 2010

"The Queen is the Queen by right of Parliament, _not_ right of birth."

Really?  And you believe that?  They just HAPPENED to pick the
daughter of the last King?  What an extraordinary coincidence!


On Sun, Jul 4, 2010 at 2:57 PM, Graydon <graydon at marost.ca> wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 04, 2010 at 02:25:51PM -0400, Daniel J. Matyola scripsit:
>> If we say that the Queen is superior by reason of birth and has rights
>> that can't be taken away,
> No one says any such thing.
> The Queen is the Queen by right of Parliament, _not_ right of birth.
> (This is, for instance, why there is such a thing as the Succession
> Act, or why it's widely acknowledged -- since Parliament has done it,
> twice and a half (Headless Chuck, James the Fled, and Edward the
> Abbreviated) -- that the elected Parliament can replace the monarch,
> or, for that matter, why Her Majesty has publicly stated that if she's
> presented with an act converting the UK into a republic, she'll sign
> it.)
> Supremacy of Parliament is a very real thing.
> Which is not to say I'm not -- being of a somewhat egalitarian bent --
> in favour of both a stronger monarchy and a selective one in Canada,
> rather than one with the current hereditary succession, but the idea
> that the English Monarchy came down on the side of Divine Right is
> really laughable.
> -- Graydon
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