That reminded me of an ancient online argument I had with James Nicoll. James thinks Canadians are not subjects of their queen, while I think that if you have to pay someone money because they were born with a title, you're their subject.
The amount of money per Canadian isn't a lot. According to Queen costs us more than the Brits pay, it's "only $1.53 per capita each year, about the price of a large cup of joe at Tim Hortons."
But still, dear Canadians, if you don't have a choice, it isn't democratic.
And maybe you could use a little of that
Whose representative, the Governor-General, has an annoying habit of shutting down your Parliament when it begins to get a little too independent.
Also, though Canada's current Queen's not a foreigner, she's a non-resident.
So here's my deal: Elect a monarch every year. If you make me King Will the First, I promise you:
- I'll serve for only a penny per person. (Beat that, Liz!)
- I'll take the cost of immigration and a place to live out of my salary. I'm thinking about a Royal RV so I could cruise the Trans-Canada having the occasional brewski (Canadian, of course!) with my adoring subjects.
- No matter how silly Parliament may be, I'll stay focused on what matters: doing the parade wave in any parade that wants me.
- When my time of ruling you ends, free donuts and coffee at Tim Horton's for the rest of my life would be nice, but it's not a deal-breaker.
ETA: Okay, as Chuk noted below, $50 million is not half a billion. Therefore, I add this to my platform:
5. Appoint a Royal Mathematician, who will be entitled to a donut a day at Tim's.