As is often the case when something significant happens with the royals the announcement of the upcoming wedding of William Windsor and Kate Middleton has launched another round of debate and hand wringing about the role of the nonarchy in Canada. Do Canadians like the monarchy? Will William's marriage increase support for the monarchy in Canada? And most importantly, do Canadians want to keep the monarchy, or see it replaced by some other system?
The reality is that no matter what your opinion is don't go holding your breath waiting for the current system to change. To replace the monarchy would require reopening the Canadian Constitution, and that is not going to happen anytime soon. No one wants to open that Pandora's box. Doing so would reopen the problematic question of Quebec's refusal to ratifiy the document in 1982, although that hasn't stopped them from using things like the Notwithstanding Clause of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Then there would be those who would want to alter the Charter. And the question of what kind of Senate to have, or whether we'd want one at all. And the question of what would replace the monarchy. And on and on. It will probably take at least another generation before anyone is willing to even seriously think about trying to amend it again.