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Monarchists oppose Victoria Day name change

By Maryam Shah, Toronto Sun

<b>Victoria Day</b><br>It may be the birthday of Queen Victoria, but most of us know the May long weekend as the unofficial kick-off to summer. (File photo)

Victoria Day
It may be the birthday of Queen Victoria, but most of us know the May long weekend as the unofficial kick-off to summer. (File photo)

The Monarchist League of Canada has come out against a call to give Victoria Day a new name.

Sparked by a collective of actors, politicians, and writers — including actor Peter Keleghan and writer Margaret Atwood — a petition urges Prime Minister Stephen Harper to give Victoria Day the name Victoria and First People’s Day. The proposed change would mark the relationship between the Crown and Aboriginal Peoples, according to proponents.

However, Monarchist League spokesman Robert Finch suggested Monday that with National Aboriginal Day coming up on June 21, it could be made a holiday similar to Victoria Day.

“I’m all for creating more holidays,” he said. “I think every Canadian would be.”

He conceded the petition had good intentions and “may even have some merit.”

But renaming Victoria Day — a statutory holiday to mark Queen Victoria’s birthday — is not the only option that should be considered, insisted Finch.

“We can celebrate the great relationship between the Crown and the First Nations on a day called Victoria Day,” he said. “There’s nothing stopping us from celebrating that relationship.”

Keleghan said Sunday renaming Victoria Day would be “a baby step to getting recognition” for First Nations issues.

But Finch argued a name change could result 168-year-old holiday losing its meaning.

“I just don’t think the support, quite frankly, is there to do it,” Finch said.

Celebrating Queen Victoria, who played an important role in Canada, is like celebrating George Washington, he added.

“In Canada, we didn’t have presidents, we had kings and queens,” he said.

 

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