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Old 02-05-2012, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I was wondering if anyone here knew much about public feelings on the subject of the Monarchy in the Carribean Commonwealth realms where Queen Elizabeth is the head of state. In Jamaica, for example, is there a big movement to become a republic as there is in Australia? Are people more apathetic about the Monarchy as they are in Canada, valuing it as a constitutional check and link to the country's heritage, but for the most part not giving it very much thought? Or is it more like the UK, with some abolitionists, but for the most part people paying alot of attention to Royals as celebrities, and caring alot about the institution? I'm just curious as to general ideas regarding the institution in the various nations, and if sentiment differs at all between them.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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There was a survey conducted in Jamaica which discovered that the majority would rather be under British rule again.. and whenever the Queen visits places like Jamaica the residents always appear to be very happy and 'oh come over here please!!!'..

Still, the Jamaican government is actually going to become a republic regardless of what they want/
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:16 AM
 
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Did not know Jamaica was not a republic yet, interesting.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:28 AM
 
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There's still alot of respect for the monarchy in Barbados as well...I doubt they would be willing to get rid of it anytime soon, either.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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Many islands are still British Overseas Territories like Anguilla, Cayman islands, turks and caicos, the British Virgin island and Montserrat. It will be interesting if any of these island will become independent, though I doubt Montserrat will ever become independent due to them losing most of their population.

Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana (considered a Caribbean nation) are already Republics.

Jamaica is pushing to be a republic, they want it to happen by their 50th anniversary of Independence, which is later this year.

Barbados is interesting, there have been talks about becoming a republic. Mostly the younger generation is in favour for the replubic, but there are still a lot of people that think that Barbados will go to hell in a hand basket if it gives up the monarchy. Barbados may push for a republic after QEII, but I won't hold my breathe, they still hold that "Little England" attitude.

I'm not sure how the other islands feel individually, but collectively a lot of people thoughout the Caribbean think that "we" should sever the ties.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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Countries like Sweden and Netherlands still have a monarchy, and it doesn't seem to bother enough people there to make any ripples.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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Did not know Jamaica was not a republic yet, interesting.
I know, me to. But I found this:
Jamaica to become a republic, prime minister pledges | World news | guardian.co.uk

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The move reflects an accelerating drift towards republicanism among Commonwealth Caribbean countries. Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago have both dropped the Queen as head of state, while opting to remain in the Commonwealth.

So I guess you can drop Liz, but still be in the commonwealth (a la Grenada and Trinidad)
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:17 AM
 
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Countries like Sweden and Netherlands still have a monarchy, and it doesn't seem to bother enough people there to make any ripples.
But they're not in the Caribbean are they.. which is the point of this thread.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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I know, me to. But I found this:
Jamaica to become a republic, prime minister pledges | World news | guardian.co.uk

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The move reflects an accelerating drift towards republicanism among Commonwealth Caribbean countries. Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago have both dropped the Queen as head of state, while opting to remain in the Commonwealth.

So I guess you can drop Liz, but still be in the commonwealth (a la Grenada and Trinidad)
The Majority of countries in the commonwealth are Republics.
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:41 PM
 
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But they're not in the Caribbean are they.. which is the point of this thread.
Aruba, Bonaire, half of St. Maarten and Curacao are Dutch.
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