the years, Canadians have had a lot to say about their Queen and their
monarchy. Below is a
sampling of some of the Queen's views on Canada and some prominent
contemporary Canadians' view of their Queen and monarchy:
Queen on Canada
"I have always felt not only welcome but at home in Canada."
"My mother once said that this country felt like a "home away from home" for the Queen of Canada. Ladies and gentlemen, six decades later it still does.... and it is good to be back."
"During a previous visit 32 years ago I said that "... I want the Crown in Canada to represent everything that is best and most admired in the Canadian ideal. I will continue to do my best to make it so during my lifetime, and I hope you will all continue to give me your help in this task." I would like to repeat those words today as, together, we continue to build a country that remains the envy of the world."
want to express my profound gratitude to all Canadians ... for the
loyalty, encouragement and support you have given to me over these
past 50 years."
would like to affirm before you tonight that wherever the future may
take us, my admiration and affection for Canada and Canadians
everywhere is, and will always remain, clear, strong and sure."
treasure my place in the life of Canada and my bond with Canadians
is a privilege to serve you as Queen of Canada to the best of my
ability, to play my part in the Canadian identity."
am proud to be the first member of the Canadian royal family to be
greeted in Canada's newest territory. I thank you for welcoming us
memories -- and so many many others over these 50 years -- help to
explain not only the admiration but the deep affection I feel for
this country and for Canadians everywhere."
people of the North hold a special place in our memories and in our
is fitting that here, in the nation's capital, and before its
Parliament Buildings, we should celebrate this anniversary. I am
reminded that I spoke, when I was here last, of the way in which
that Canada Day united Sovereign, Parliament and people. Today, as
Canadians are working to modernize and improve the Constitution,
this unity of its three elements is yet more significant."
(1992, Canada Day)
"I and members of my family have been with you on many special
days in the life of this country. I particularly recall another July 1st
in Canada's Centennial Year, here on Parliament Hill. I said then, and
I repeat it today, that 'Canada is a country that has been blessed beyond
most countries in the world'. It is a country worth working for." (1990)
"I'm going home to Canada tomorrow."
(1983, on leaving
California for Canada)
"I'm getting to know our country rather well." (1978)
"I dedicate myself anew to the people and the nation I am proud
(1977, Speech from the Throne, Ottawa)
"Canada asks no citizen to deny their forebearers, to forsake
their inheritance - only that each should accept and value the cultural
freedom of others as he enjoys his own. It is a gentle invitation, this
call to citizenship and I urge those who have accepted the invitation to
participate fully in the building of the Canadian society and to demonstrate
the real meaning of the brotherhood of man." (1973)
"I count myself fortunate to be at the head of a state in which
such a society (open to everyone) exists and which is strongly established
in freedom and tolerance." (1970)
"From the moment when I first set foot on Canadian
soil the feeling of strangeness went, for I knew myself to be not only
amongst friends, but amongst fellow countrymen." (1951)
on The Queen
"As Queen of Canada, you have borne witness to our national
growth and, indeed, have been present for many historic moments in
the life of our country. I have had the honour to be in your presence on numerous occasions, and have always admired
your commitment to Canada and your very genuine affection for
former Prime Minister of
we Canadians have accomplished a great deal... And always Her
Majesty The Queen has been by our side as faithful witness to our
successes and achievements."
former Minister of
pride every time I go into a citizenship ceremony and I repeat the
Oath of Citizenship and I pledge allegiance to the Queen."
of Citizenship, 2001
the Crown as an important part of our constitutional arrangements..."
of Justice, 2001
able to have the best of both worlds. We have the stability and the
tradition of the monarchical system, but we also have a Canadian
representative in the Governor General, who represents Canada as it
is, as a Canadian, and does an incredible job representing the
Monarch, but also all Canadians."
of Transport, 2001
monarchy is something we're an important part of. I like it for our
country and I like it partly because it is something the Americans
Senator Frank Mahovlich
NHL star, 2001
monarchy is alive and well in New Brunswick."
Hon. Margaret McCain
Governor of New Brunswick, 1996
is not a problem in Canada ...It is not an issue at all."
Prime Minister of Canada,
To Paul Keating, Australia's then republican
"The point to be
made is that the Queen is Our Monarch and likely she and her
successors will be all that will be available in that line of work.
Our ruler only does what we say and only says what we asked be said,
and goes where we tell her to go......But for all those who don't
want the Queen there are easily as many who don't want a President
and even more who certainly would not want one if they knew who it
would be. As you can readily see, I have given more thought to this
subject than most and I have reached my own conclusion. God save the
"The monarchy is the last bulwark of democracy."
Premier of Quebec, 1994
"When you think about it, the American Revolution was promoted
by the French. And they, Quebec, refused to join. It was nothing to
do with language but a lot to do with religion. And they felt more
secure in the main, Catholics in Canada. More security for the
religion, what the Monarchy was giving them in those days, compared
to the Americans. So they stayed."
former Prime Minister of Canada,
"For the Monarchy is much more than a person. It embodies the
constitutional framework of our freedoms, the set of beliefs and
attitudes of tolerance that make up this great country and make it
distinctive. The Queen is the symbol of what we are today and the
history of which we are the result and which is part of us. If
Canada were to abolish the Monarchy we would be abolishing the
symbol of our distinctiveness."
Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, 1994
"In a government
like ours, the Crown is the abiding and unshakeable element in
government, politicians may come and go, but the Crown remains and
certain aspects of our system pertain to it which are not dependent
on any political party. In this sense the Crown is the consecrated
spirit of Canada."
Introduction to Hunting Stuart & The
Voice Of The People, 1994
"The Oath to the Queen is fundamental to the administration of
law in this country. It signifies that, here in Canada, justice is
done - not in the name of the Prime Minister, or the Mayor, or the
Police Chief, as in totalitarian nations - but by the people, in the
name of the Queen. Rather than being offensive, I submit that it's
one of the hallmarks of our society that attracts people to
former Premier of Ontario, 1993
"...I was always impressed not only by the grace she [Queen
Elizabeth II] displayed in public at all times, but by the wisdom
she showed in private conversation."
Prime Minister of Canada, 1993
As written in his memoirs
"The Crown has symbolized a continuity in the values of
decency, fairness and equality before the law that have made this
country great. And no Sovereign has served her Canadian subjects
with more grace, more concern and more goodwill than has Queen
Elizabeth II. The Queen's sense of duty, her courage, warmth and her
honour are known and appreciated by all Canadians."
former Prime Minister of Canada,
"The Queen has
no personal power; but the crown is the foundation of Canadian
political, legal and social practice, and the guarantor of our
rights and freedoms. The Queen offers a reasonable alternative to
anarchy, republicanism, communism or fascism."