|Canadian Victoria Day will have political fireworks this year|
Today in Canada there's a national holiday. Well, it's almost national, but more about that later. Victoria Day is a celebration of the birthday of Queen Victoria. Canada is still a part of the British Commonwealth, and the holiday predates Confederation of Canada as a country. In other words, it's been around for a long, long time. But there are rumblings today about changing the holiday. This should serve as a cautionary tale.
The number of Canadians who you could call avid monarchists is pretty small, and the holiday has evolved for the most part into an excuse for a long weekend, the chance to launch some fireworks and the first weekend of the summer season that many use as a cottage weekend. But despite that, there is still some cache with the notion of the holiday as a tradition. Tradition matters. But apparently not to everyone.