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surely find sufficient courtesy to pen the same. And while we are at it, why
not roll in some historical Letterman? So here is a “top ten” list of reasons
to thank President Trump for doing something not so bad. And yes, Canadian
or not, coming up with ten has been a strain—to invoke another television
program, eight would have been (more than) enough.
#10: Even more than coverage of the pending nuptials of Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle, thank you, President Trump, for strengthening our
collective resolve to maintain the constitutional monarchy that forms the
basis for our system of government and law.
The Monarchist League of Canada posits—not unreasonably, and not
with a president-specific focus—that the monarchy is, among other things,
a “force for national identity” which serves to distinguish Canada from the
otherwise “overwhelming influence” of the United States; a unifying force
that “protects and exemplifies the things Canadians agree about, and
remain constant, regardless of an election: community, tolerance, nationhood,
the rule of law”; and “a non-partisan, non-violent safeguard … should
normal democratic processes ever break down or be threatened”. Overlapping
somewhat with the above-listed considerations, monarchy may be
better than all that comes with either combining heads of state and government
(awkward during impeachment proceedings, for example) or, if the
functions are kept separate but each occupant is elected, introducing additional
layers of electoral process, ambition and interests.2
Each of these pro–constitutional monarchy arguments now has particular
resonance—any grounds for distinction from a Trump-led United States,
and means to avert the risks crystallizing in that country, are welcome.
The only fly in this ointment is that President Trump’s affinity to royalty
(albeit perhaps royalty more of the Louis XIV variety than of the present
Windsor family) may erode the distinctions we wish to maintain. The
Trump Organization, just like the British monarchy, sells merchandise that
ranges from pet bandanas to wine. President Trump’s son is “Barron” and
his businesses’ wares include the fragrance “Empire by Trump” (“bold
notes of peppermint, spicy chai and a hint of apple demand attention”3).
Though the fragrance is intended for the self-made man rather than a
hereditary monarch, the Trump Organization website certainly gives the
kudos to President Trump’s father and sons.
#9: Thank you for giving us reason to re-examine elements of torts,
crimes and treaties that for some time we had not considered.
While admittedly in British Columbia it has not been that long since we
had premiers in the courts, the variety of potential offences never seemed
so great. We are now virtually in a day-by-day law school exam that chal-