Trudeau Dodges Questions About Head Of State
Other than a shocking exposé about what really goes on behind closed doors within the machinery of a traditionally excluding British Crown and monarchy, Sunday night’s Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has raised new questions about what it all might mean within the future context of Canada’s own political system.
What had been said over the course of the two hour-long interview was so much more than American-style entertainment at the expense of the tee-sipping Brits. Instead, the explosive interview highlighted in horrendous and profound detail issues of racism and exclusion within the centuries-old institution.
But judging by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to questions about the country’s close ties to the British monarchy, Canada won’t be breaking ties with the Crown anytime soon.
Trudeau Has Bigger Fish To Fry
Trudeau, when asked on Tuesday to discuss his take on what all had surfaced during the controversial interview, said he would not comment at this time about anything “going on” over in the U.K. He added that he had more pressing concerns that demanded his attention right now, and that rewriting the Canadian constitution so as to usher in a different Head of State was not exactly a priority concern.
The Prime Minister was quick to add that while he understood the current desire for constitutional talk, conversations and debate, he would continue to focus instead on navigating the country through the global health crisis. And while most people, and certainly most Canadians, would probably agree with this decision, Sunday night’s interview does raise new questions about who Trudeau will select to replace Julie Payette as governor general.
Change May Become Unavoidable
That the Crown’s future is now officially in doubt in Canada is no secret – especially not after Prince Harry revealed details over concerns raised about the skin colour of Harry and Meghan’s son, Archie, prior to his birth.
Even though Harry did not go as far as to reveal the identity of the person who had raised the racially driven concerns, along with confirming that it had not been Prince Phillip or the Queen, if that person did somewhere along the line emerge as having been any of the two potential successors to the throne, then change will no longer be optional for the Canadian government and constitution.
Granted, removing Queen Elizabeth II from Canada’s public head of state in terms of an amendment to the country’s constitution could turn messy, but still, it might eventually become unavoidable.