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Canadians favour Prince William to become king
The Canadian Press ^ | November 3rd, 2009 | NA

Posted on 11/03/2009 7:09:15 AM PST by buccaneer81

Canadians favour Prince William to become king Published Tuesday November 3rd, 2009 Poll | Prince Charles not as popular A7 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - A new poll suggests the majority of Canadians would prefer to see Prince William become King, not his father.

The Canadian Press/Harris-Decima poll, released Monday, asked 1,000 Canadians about their thoughts on the Royal Family.

Forty-one per cent said they would rather see Prince Charles pass off the throne to William rather than succeed Queen Elizabeth himself, while 31 per cent believed Charles should be King.

Doug Anderson, senior vice-president for Harris-Decima, said it was no surprise to see how popular Prince William is among Canadians.

"But in terms of whether it's worth skipping natural monarchy progressions in order to have the more popular prince as the next King, I was a little surprised by the preference there," he said.

Anderson said Charles has had such a "roller-coaster" of a life in terms of public respect and appreciation while the 27-year-old William has had almost none of that.

"All things are sort of working well for William and have been for some time," he said. "But in terms of preferring to see him become the next King over Charles, it says to me that some people are saying, 'Let's go with the more popular ...'

"William has almost none of the negatives that a lifetime can throw at you, so it wasn't surprising to me that people like William so much."

The respondents were evenly split on the importance of the monarchy with 45 per cent suggesting it is an important part of Canadian history and culture while 44 per cent believed it is a relic of our colonial past.

Regionally, Quebecers were twice as likely to say the monarchy has no place in modern Canadian society while a majority in all other regions believed it should be maintained.

In Ottawa, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe said Monday he supports getting rid of the monarchy, calling it "a system of the past."

"This is something archaic," he said. "I would call it a genetic lottery. It makes no sense.

"If you ever got blue blood, go see a doctor very fast."


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: charles; monarchy; succession; william

1 posted on 11/03/2009 7:09:15 AM PST by buccaneer81
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To: fanfan

Canada ping.


2 posted on 11/03/2009 7:09:44 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

What part of Sharia law is that? Shouldn’t the UK be preparing to join the Caliphate?


3 posted on 11/03/2009 7:12:08 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: buccaneer81

When will Canada stop pretending like they are still part of the British Empire?


4 posted on 11/03/2009 7:28:15 AM PST by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya see how that turned out?)
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To: VanDeKoik

It’s all about tourist dollars and a lack of hardcore national identity.


5 posted on 11/03/2009 7:37:24 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Poll Internals

Prince William 31%
Wayne Gretzky 27%
Red Green 15%
Gordie Howe 11%
Sgt. Preston, RCMP 6%
Gordon Lightfoot 5%
Mike Myers 5%
Don Cherry 4%
Burton Cummings 4%
Prince Charles 2%


6 posted on 11/03/2009 7:49:22 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: buccaneer81

Like the King is chosen by public opinion. Must be that great Canadian Public School system.


7 posted on 11/03/2009 7:55:19 AM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Don Cherry for Global Emperor!


8 posted on 11/03/2009 7:58:42 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: VanDeKoik

When will Canada stop pretending like they are still part of the British Empire?


If the Queen’s on your money, it tells me something.


9 posted on 11/03/2009 8:09:40 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Why not "interpret" your tax returns like the Supreme Court "interprets" the Constitution?)
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To: buccaneer81

Elizabeth II and I are the same age.

She seems to still be going strong, as am I.

William may be 47 by the time this issue arises.


10 posted on 11/03/2009 8:12:15 AM PST by Ole Okie (American)
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To: Seruzawa
Like the King is chosen by public opinion.

The Royals aren't dumb. Keep the public happy, and the public'll keep footing the bills. My ancestors bugged outta Britain in the 1600's. They weren't big on royalty, but whatever floats yer boat :)

11 posted on 11/03/2009 8:13:49 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Ole Okie
Elizabeth II and I are the same age.

I hope you both live as long as the Queen Mum did...101 years old.

12 posted on 11/03/2009 8:24:40 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81; Clive; exg; kanawa; backhoe; -YYZ-; Squawk 8888; headsonpikes; AntiKev; Snowyman; ...
Thanks for the ping, buccaneer81.


13 posted on 11/03/2009 9:04:59 AM PST by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: buccaneer81

“It’s all about tourist dollars and a lack of hardcore national identity.”

America is a republic. We are a constitutional monarchy. The Queen is just as important to us, as the republic is to you folks.


14 posted on 11/03/2009 9:05:06 AM PST by BenKenobi
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To: fanfan

Thanks for the ping.


15 posted on 11/03/2009 5:10:33 PM PST by Pippin (Time Lady seeking liberals for target practice)
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To: Pippin

You’re welcome.

Who’s your king?

;-)


16 posted on 11/03/2009 6:01:18 PM PST by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: fanfan
elcis? LOL! Just kidding!

I'd not mind seeing Prince William succees Queen Elizabeth II. He seems like he's pretty level headed for a man of his age.

Not to mention he's a bit more like his late mother than Prince Charles.

Of coarse, what do I know? I'm just a Yank anyway LOL! Well, part Canadian so I guess that makes me sort of QEII'S subject.

17 posted on 11/04/2009 7:40:26 PM PST by Pippin (Time Lady seeking liberals for target practice)
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To: VanDeKoik

When will people stop desiring a ‘king’?


18 posted on 11/04/2009 7:42:28 PM PST by Lizavetta (In Communism, everything is free. But there isn't any of it.)
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To: Lizavetta
That,s a good question.

It seems strange that people would grouse about being under the rule of a monarchy so much so that measures are taken to overthrough that monarchy.

Then the people start whinging that they want a King or Qeuun to rule them again. Or, if not that, they become fascinated with a monarch of another country.

I really don't get it.

19 posted on 11/04/2009 7:57:30 PM PST by Pippin (Time Lady seeking liberals for target practice)
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To: Pippin
And British royalty today are mere tourist attractions and nothing more. They have no say, no power, no nothing. They're just "special" people in nice clothes...nothing more.

And people care that one special person will be appointed king over another special person.

No wonder I drink.

20 posted on 11/04/2009 8:04:46 PM PST by Lizavetta (In Communism, everything is free. But there isn't any of it.)
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To: Lizavetta
Didn't they fight a civil War about 500 years ago to get rid of the monarchy?

So why do they still even have a Queen?

even if the Royal Family is nothing more than a touriust attraction, it just seems ludicrous to me.

If Our Founding Fathers and the 13 Origanal Colonies fought a Revolutionary War to rid themselves of a king over 200 years ago and are still doing just fine without one. why can't the Brits?

21 posted on 11/04/2009 8:11:53 PM PST by Pippin (Time Lady seeking liberals for target practice)
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To: buccaneer81
"If you ever got blue blood, go see a doctor very fast."

It's Canada. They'll put you a six month waiting list.

22 posted on 11/04/2009 8:14:40 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Conservatives didn't send a message to Republicans in NY-23 -The GOP sent a message to conservatives)
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To: Pippin
I don't think it was ever to get rid of monarchy but to give more rights to the people.

I don't understand the royalty thing. They are no different than anyone else. And if you're a history buff, you will quickly come to the realization that they are oftentimes a lot worse.

23 posted on 11/04/2009 8:15:58 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Lizavetta

so true.


24 posted on 11/04/2009 8:22:04 PM PST by Pippin (Time Lady seeking liberals for target practice)
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To: buccaneer81

Nothing against William personally, although his mother was an attention whore and a tart.


25 posted on 11/04/2009 8:24:23 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: buccaneer81

All I have to say is “Long live Her Majesty the Queen!”


26 posted on 11/04/2009 8:34:18 PM PST by tarheelswamprat
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