Friday, April 22, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
It's Friday, April 22nd.
The Canadian dollar hit a three-year-high against the American dollar this week.
Which is a little like saying, we've grown really, really tall compared to our neighbour who is standing in quicksand.
This is The Current.
Royal Succession - Keith Vaz
We began this item by bringing you some thoughts from the streets of London, England about getting rid of the law that puts boys ahead of girls in the line to inherit the British Monarchy. And that last man is right ... it turns out it is a more complicated thing to do that you might think. Among other things, it would involve changing the Canadian constitution. But Keith Vaz is undaunted. He is a British Labour MP who has presented a Bill to the British House of Commons, calling for gender equality in Britain's succession rules. Keith Vaz was in London, England.
Royal Succession - Debate
Fifteen Commonwealth countries -- including Canada -- would have to open up their constitutions in order for his proposal to take effect. My next two guests think that's absolutely something Canada should consider - but for very different reasons. Tom Freda is up first. He's one of the founders of Citizens for a Canadian Republic, a non-partisan, not-for-profit group that promotes the idea of an elected Canadian citizen as head of state. Tom Freda was in Toronto.
Royal Succession - Factboard
It's worth noting that other constitutional monarchies have addressed this issue, and ditched the preference for males in their succession laws... but not all... Here's a quick overview of who has done what:
Other segments from today's show: