The MonarchyPublished on 5 March 2014 Your Question Period by Senator Marie-P. Charette-Poulin (retired)
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Hon. Marie-P. Charette-Poulin:
My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
First, I’d like to say that I am very pleased that Canadians have so quickly responded to the invitation of the Senate Liberal caucus to submit questions they would like to have asked in Question Period.
This is my first opportunity to take part in this initiative, Mr. Leader. I would like to thank Marc Vallée of Ottawa for his question regarding the monarchy. He asks:
As the end of Queen Elizabeth’s reign draws near, is it possible for Canadian parliamentarians to publicly consult with Canadians on their interest in the monarchy and discuss the possibility of abolishing it?
Personally, I appreciate Canada’s friendship with the Royal Family.
I firmly believe that consultation is the backbone of a healthy democracy, and I would ask the leader on behalf of Mr. Vallée if this government would consider consulting the public on this issue.