Letter: It’s time to put an end to the monarchy’s free ride

William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, tour PEI, accompanied by Mounties dressed in their famous Red Serge, during a 2011 visit to Canada.

Editor: I am disgusted that we still pay for the monarchy and their lavish lifestyle.

It’s time to kiss goodbye the nostalgia of days gone-by, as Australia and the US have done in the past — cut the ties.

It is an absolute disgrace that the Royals continue to live and thrive off the public purse (my and other hard working Canadians’ tax dollars).

What is the difference between that and welfare/public assistance?

Yet it is somehow acceptable for the Royal Family to do so. I don’t care if it’s pennies on the dollar per Canadian citizen — enough is enough.

The British monarchy should be dismissed from any and all connections to Canada, be it parliamentary, monetary, or as mute official representatives of the British monarchy.

They do nothing for the families of Canada except waste our tax dollars and our public resources, including the time of those in public office.  Canada needs to quit being a doormat to the British, all in the name of tradition.

It’s time for a referendum to get rid of or keep Canada’s ties to the Commonwealth.

How ironic — we are the “common” and the Royals are the “wealth.”

Good riddance to that sort of privilege in this day and age.

Let’s get with the times and move on from the moochers.

M. and K. Bagnall,

Langley

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