Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Royal military renaming slammed as colonial throwback: Canada

Restoring the "royal" designation to Canada's air force and navy has been praised as a nod to Canada's military history, but some critics argue the move is regressive and unnecessary and will backfire on the Conservative government.

"We've had gradual, incremental changes toward putting our colonialist symbols into the dustbin of history, and this is the first time a government has taken steps to restore it," says Tom Freda, co-founder and director of Citizens for a Canadian Republic.

"I believe they're wrong-headed and they're making a mistake. The public will remember this and see this is as a party of the past. Canadians don't think the monarchy is appropriate for the 21st century."

Historian Jack Granatstein, who headed up the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa from 1998 to 2001, called the move "abject colonialism." (more)