League Chronology

No compendium could possibly cover completely the accomplishments of a busy national organization over more than four decades. However, this chronology gives some highlights of the diverse activities carried out by the League and its branches.

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  • League is founded on 23rd February by John Aimers.
  • Holds first meeting (over 600 attend in Ottawa) to counter moves by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to weaken the monarchy.
  • Campaigns successfully for Royal Arms of Canada to remain on Canadian passports.
  • Testifies before Joint Senate-Commons Committee on Constitution of Canada.
  • Successfully campaigns to retain the Crown on Ontario licence plates.
  • John Gould succeeds John Aimers as Dominion Chairman.
  • Pressure from League results in Canada Post issuing two large stamps of Queen for Commonwealth Conference held in Ottawa.
  • 20 League members journey to London to celebrate Princess Anne’s wedding.
  • Initiates Monarchy Canada in magazine format as independent journal of Canadian monarchical opinion.
  • After campaigning, receives assurance from Ontario Premier Bill Davis of his government ’s opposition to an Ontario Advisory Committee report suggesting Queen be dropped from Canadian Citizenship Oath.
  • Branches encouraged as six lieutenant governors become League patrons.
  • John Aimers resumes active leadership of League as Dominion Chairman.
  • Lobbies and runs advertising to make sure that Queen opens 21st Olympics in Montréal as Canada’s head of state.
  • Newfoundland Branch obtains signatures of over three-quarters of the province’s population on Declaration of Loyalty for Silver Jubilee.
  • 90 League members journey to London to celebrate Queen’s Silver Jubilee in June.
  • A large group of members gathers in Ottawa in October for Queen’s Jubilee homecoming to the National Capital Region.
  • Testifies before Joint Committee of Commons and Senate against the republican provisions of Bill C-60 (a new Constitution for Canada), waging large public opinion campaign helping to secure unanimous provincial opposition to the bill and its eventual withdrawal.
  • Testifies before Minister of Defence’s Task Force Review on Unification of Canadian Forces in respect of monarchical traditions and insignia.
  • Holds first national dinner to celebrate 10th anniversary of League’s founding; initiates awards to honour members’ outstanding service and distinguished Canadians’ public support of the Crown.
  • Produces popular sticker of The Queen for use on mail, partly as reaction to lack of availability of Royal stamps at post offices.
  • 120 members join celebrations of Prince of Wales’ marriage in London.
  • Sponsors national speaking tour by British MP and Monarchist Sir John Biggs-Davison.
  • Initiates national celebrations of Royal Week near Victoria Day holiday each May to encourage public celebration of Canada’s monarchy.
  • Newfoundland Branch presents first Colours to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
  • Assists CBC in production of video history of Canada’s monarchy, The Maple & The Crown.
  • Co-hosts study conference on monarchy held at the University of Toronto.
  • Toronto Branch participates in Royal Tattoo in presence of The Queen.
  • Submits to new Mulroney government a brief, Canada’s Monarchy, Authentic Evolution, containing department-by-department recommendations for full expression of the nation’s monarchical identity.
  • Welcomes Countess Mountbatten of Burma as Guest of Honour at 15th Anniversary National Dinner-Dance.
  • Toronto branch initiates annual Queen’s Birthday Parade honouring her official birthday.
  • Defeats attempt by Secretary of State David Crombie to remove Queen from Canadian Citizenship Oath.
  • Participates in National Forum on Heraldry in Ottawa, leading to The Queen’s authorizing establishment of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.
  • Begins research and lobbying activities to encourage MPs to request and Government to erect the Equestrian Statue of The Queen on Parliament Hill (unveiled in 1992).
  • Influences Canadian Heraldic Authority to clarify position of Queen as source of its grants.
  • Assists Alberta Provincial Museum in mounting exhibit on 1939 Royal Tour.
  • Testifies before Ontario and Alberta legislative committees on Canadian constitution, and submits brief to Federal Constitutional (Spicer) Commission.
  • Issues first bilingual pamphlet about the value of monarchy and the work of the League.
  • On eve of announcement at time of Gulf War, blocks announcement of government’s new Gallantry Decorations which would have eliminated the Victoria Cross as a Canadian decoration.
  • Subsequently wages successful campaign resulting in Queen’s creation of a Canadian Victoria Cross in 1993.
  • Marks The Queen’s Ruby Jubilee with National Banquet in presence of HM’s cousin, King Michael of Romania, accompanied by Queen Anna and Princess Margarita.
  • Contacts every member of new House of Commons to solicit response of loyalty to Crown and offer material on monarchy for MPs’ offices and constituent enquiries.
  • Campaigns to ensure public and parliamentary understanding of MPs’ Oath of Allegiance.
  • Testifies before Commons committee in support of Citizenship Oath remaining Oath to The Queen, a position endorsed by committee’s report.
  • Exposes the surreptitious breaking of The Guide Promise to The Queen.
  • Assists Dundurn Press in producing Canada’s first Royal genealogical chart, Canada’s Kings and Queens.
  • Establishes Canadian Monarchist News.
  • Organizes series of regional celebrations, special events and projects to mark League’s Silver Jubilee.
  • CTV News anchor Lloyd Robertson addresses Toronto celebration, accepts honorary membership.
  • Becomes first loyal society site on the internet at www.monarchist.ca; free trial memberships attract many new supporters.
  • Establishes nationwide Red Box program to furnish monarchical materials and teaching aids at no charge to school and youth groups.
  • Supplies first annual summer student intern to Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
  • Assists in presentation of Five Hundred Years of Royal Canada mural to The Queen at Rideau Hall.
  • Exposes in Parliament and media the refusal of Chrétien Government to second a Canadian public servant to assist Queen at Buckingham Palace in line with previous practice, eliciting promise from PM to do so when asked in future.
  • Campaigns successfully for Canada Post policy whereby Queen’s Stamp must be stocked at all outlets, and her picture hung based on community demand.
  • Also campaigns successfully for Oath of Citizenship to remain Oath to Queen as evidenced when Bill C-63 tabled.
  • Testifies before Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on proposed Royal Assent changes
  • Canadian Monarchist News appears in tabloid format as official League periodical, replacing Monarchy Canada.
  • Releases first comprehensive Survey on Cost of Canadian Crown (74 cents per citizen yearly).
  • Exposes Premiers’ near-unanimous opposition to leaked prime ministerial millennium project to make Canada a republic.
  • Campaigns to force Canada Post to reverse previous refusal to issue stamp honouring Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday: stamp subsequently launched by Governor General in presence of League members at Rideau Hall.
  • Organizes Queen Mother celebrations across Canada.
  • Receives Armorial Bearings containing two Royal Crowns by Queen’s permission, presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario acting on behalf of The Governor General and proclaimed at Accession Day service.
  • Testifies before House of Commons Committee and Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Citizenship Oath.
  • Launches first contact groups in communities where League branches not yet in existence.
  • Victoria Branch places pictures of The Queen in scores of Vancouver Island postal outlets.
  • Joins commentators and his Cabinet colleagues in rebuking Foreign Affairs Minister Manley’s call for a republic.
  • Testifies before Senate Rules, Procedures and Rights of Parliament Committee on Royal Assent procedures.
  • Ottawa branch successfully campaigns to prevent designer logo from replacing Armorials in amalgamated city.
  • Supplies first vice-regal summer student intern at Government House, Victoria.
  • Places pressure on Bank of Canada to emphasize Queen’s role as Canada’s Sovereign on redesigned $20 banknote.
  • Victoria branch organizes first branch advertising campaign.
  • Produces League flag in response to members’ demand. Establishes bulletin board on internet for free exchange of members’ views.
  • First sitting Governor General attends League event: Golden Jubilee Accession Day Service and Reception, Toronto.
  • Welcomes member of Royal Family for first time as Prince Michael of Kent addresses functions and presents League Awards in Toronto, Calgary and Victoria on 12-day national tour organized by John Aimers.
  • Successfully campaigns for stamp, coin, Queen’s pictures and other Jubilee materials to be issued by federal government.
  • Begins free national distribution of Jubilee portraits of Queen
  • Organizes and assists public and private celebrations of Golden Jubilee throughout Canada, launching special bilingual Jubilee website.
  • Supplies first vice-regal summer student to serve Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
  • Revises and updates survey on Cost of Canadian Crown: $1.10 per Canadian yearly.
  • Is named partner in awarding of Golden Jubilee Medal, with over 100 members subsequently so honoured.
  • Bilingualizes main League website.
  • Teen and Young Adult Monarchist interest groups formed in response to surging youth membership.
  • Campaigns against Bill C-25 to remove allegiance to Queen from Public Service Oath.
  • Welcomes Duke of York to Dominion League Youth Reception, Toronto branch Jubilee Rose Garden dedication and Joint Reception at Queen’s Park, Toronto—second Royal visitor to League
  • Promotes distribution of materials commemorating 50th anniversary of Coronation.
  • Defends Governor General in media over spending and travel controversy.
  • Ontario members participate in Lieutenant Governor’s book drive for First Nations communities.
  • Greets Princess Royal in Toronto with youth and members (from six provinces) as League’s third Royal Visitor.
  • Holds Young Adult Monarchist Conference in Toronto.
  • Exposes federal government confusion as to the roles of The Queen and the Governor General, as demonstrated at Canadian 60th anniversary of D-Day commemoration in Normandy.
  • Mounts national campaign in opposition to deletion of Queen’s name from Canadian diplomatic Letters of Credence and to demonstrate dangers of creeping republicanism vested in a Governor General nominated, advised and budgeted by the Prime Minister.
  • Releases third comprehensive study of the Cost of the Canadian Crown: $1.54 per Canadian annually.
  • Celebrates 35th anniversary with the League’s fourth Royal visit, by welcoming The Earl and Countess of Wessex.
  • Takes leading role in debate over nomination of Michaëlle Jean as Governor General.
  • Second Monarchist Youth Conference held in Toronto.
  • Produces The Canadian Monarchy, full-colour educational booklet about the Maple Crown, and begins distribution to parliamentarians, schools and youth groups.
  • Revises website to incorporate contemporary education section.
  • Celebrates Queen’s 80th birthday.
  • Third Monarchist Youth Conference held in Ottawa.
  • Robert Finch of Hamilton, Ontario, succeeds John Aimers as Dominion Chairman on the 37th anniversary of the League’s founding.
  • After decades of lobbying, Canada Post issues the first permanent (non-denominated) definitive stamp of The Queen for first class letters.
  • Leads successful public and media campaign to reverse BC Ferries’ decision to remove pictures of Queen from its vessels.
  • Protests downgrading of Royal portrait at Rideau Hall.
  • Distributes new official portrait of Queen and the federal government’s Crown of Maples/ La Couronne canadienne.  
  • Promotes Crown via social networking through League presence on Facebook, Twitter and Chairman’s Blog.
  • Becomes first organization to Tweet a Royal Visit.
  • Members in BC, ON and QC attend events for Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
  • Issues fourth triennial study, The Cost of the Canadian Crown: $1.53 per Canadian yearly.
  • Celebrates 40th anniversary of founding with complete revamping of website. 
  • Opens special Facebook page for discussion of Governor General appointment.
  • Members attend events for Queen and Prince Philip’s homecoming in MB, ON & NS.
  • Campaigns for restoration of “Royal Canadian Navy” title.
  • 45 members travel to London to join festivities surrounding the Marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton.
  • Organizes coast-to-coast breakfast parties for Canadians to share in watching the Royal Wedding.
  • Several hundred members breakfast together in Ottawa prior to joining throngs on Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada Day with William and Kate.
  • With assistance of Canadian Heritage grant, organizes 17 Diamond Jubilee celebrations throughout Canada, some attended by thousands, emphasizing community, diversity, and fun. Distributes tens of thousands of Jubilee educational and celebration materials.
  • League Dominion Chairman Robert Finch is invited by the Prime Minister of Canada to accompany him to central Jubilee Weekend in London.
  • 35 members join London Central Jubilee weekend festivities with many attending the Canadian High Commission "Big Lunch" with the Governor General and the official re-opening of the High Commission with HRH the Duke of York.
  • Nominates some 45 members to receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal: Barbara Goldring of Toronto and Tom Richards of Regina receive theirs at the hands of HRH the Prince Wales.
  • Publishes and distributes across Canada its first educational booklet in the French language, La Monarchie Canadienne.
  • Promotes unanimous passage by Parliament of Succession To the Throne Act which reflects Canadian values by eliminating gender-discrimination in the Succession and the unique ban on heirs' marrying a Roman Catholic.
  • Organizes Royal Baby showers to benefit Royal Charities across Canada in celebrating the birth of Prince George, future King of Canada.
  • Nominates some 45 members to receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal: Barbara Goldring of Toronto and Tom Richards of Regina receive theirs at the hands of HRH the Prince Wales.
  • Young Monarchists make three short films to promote League in social media: filming funded by generous gift from member and first Silent Auction. .
  • Members in Nova Scotia, PEI and Manitoba meet the Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall at official functions and walkabouts during Canadian homecoming. Other members are greeted by HRH the Duke of York at York Rangers' Regimental Luncheon.

Being A Monarchist Is Fun…Some Special Occasions

Although the emphasis of the League’s work is outreach, effective action and education, monarchists also take time to celebrate and enjoy themselves. Among the special visitors the League has welcomed to gala occasions marking Royal or League anniversaries are the following:

  • 35th anniversary of League’s founding—The Earl and Countess of Wessex (Edward & Sophie)
  • 34th anniversary of League’s founding— The Princess Royal (Princess Anne)
  • Golden Anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation—The Duke of York (Prince Andrew)
  • Organized the cross-country Jubilee tour of Prince Michael of Kent who undertook 60 engagements in 11 days, including League functions in Toronto, Calgary and Victoria
  • The Queen’s Golden Jubilee—The Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson
  • 25th anniversary of League’s founding—Lloyd Robertson, CTV News Anchor
  • Ruby Jubilee of The Queen’s reign—King Michael of Romania (cousin of The Queen and great-great grandson of Queen Victoria), with Queen Anna and Princess Margarita
  • 15th anniversary of League’s founding—Countess Mountbatten of Burma