We'll never be royals

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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It is time for England’s royal family to get their hands out of taxpayers’ purse. 

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2009 file photo, Britain's Prince Charles, left, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are seen in a carriage during a state procession with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and visiting Indian President Pratibha Patil at Windsor Castle, England. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file)

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will embark on another royal tour of Canada over the next four days.

The trip begins on Sunday in Halifax, with stops in Pictou, N.S., then the communities of Charlottetown, Bonshaw and Cornwall, P.E.I. and then on to Winnipeg.

“People in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. are very anxious to see their future king,” said Kevin MacLeod, tour coordinator and Canadian secretary to the Queen.

The people that are going to gather to see two of the stiffest royals are also the same people that are going to be forking out a lot of money.

The cost for this whirlwind tour — at a minimum — is $721,620, according to documents released under federal Access to Information laws. Those documents were obtained by Ottawa researcher Ken Rubin.

That was the estimate in April and didn’t include any costs for RCMP or other security forces.

Quite expensive hospitality for a family that has it all.

This is the second Canadian tour for the duo since 2012 and the theme is “commemorating Canada’s past.”

The British monarchy has deep ties to Canadian history, but those tax dollars could be better spent. For instance, an investment into the Building Canada Fund, which goes towards infrastructure needs throughout the country, would be a more prudent use of the money.

The royal duo won’t be making a stop in Moose Jaw or this province, but the money could be utilized to fix our highways or roads.

As the Baby Boomers and the generations before get older and the younger generations come of age, the indifference for the monarchy grows.

The royal family doesn’t make a difference in the daily lives of Canadians, let alone the British.

Cities need more assistance from the federal government to help with their issues and bringing in Charles and Camilla is not fixing those areas — only wasting funds that could.

Sure, the royals are part of Canadian cultural history, but proper allocation of tax dollars is a greater responsibility.

If the monarchy believes these visits are necessary, maybe they should be paying their own way instead.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: RCMP, Building Canada Fund

Geographic location: Canada, Halifax, Pictou Charlottetown Bonshaw Cornwall Winnipeg Nova Scotia Ottawa Moose Jaw

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