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When will Canada grow up?

I’m curious about when Canada will cease to be a constitutional monarchy and become (I think) a republic?  It’s definitely some degree of ignorance on my part, but I don’t know what benefit we have from having the Queen as the head of state.  I’m guessing it’s just tradition.  But we’ve branched away from the UK, and it’s probably time to be fully independent.

I look forward to when we get to decide who will take the Queen’s place on all the coins, and the $20 bill.  The $20 would probably be another prime minister, but so many of the recent ones have been divisive (primarily east vs. west) so it might be hard to choose one.  Maybe Pearson for the peacekeeping, new flag, etc.?

For non-PMs, there are probably a lot of good choices for many different reasons:  de Champlain, Banting, Secord, Fox, Thomson, Gretzky, Bondar, Bell, and Tecumseh are a few that come to mind.  I would love for some famous Canadians to take the Queen’s place on our currency.

When might this happen?  I don’t think we’ll have our act together for when QE2 passes on.  If it happens by the bicentennial, well, better late than never.

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