I know this is not a political forum, but if a marijuana discussion is allowed here, this should be as well. Besides, the Senate just isn't the place for this. I want to talk about this issue with Canadians, not foreigners. First, a question. I was just reading BBC's timeline of Canada, and it says that in 1982, Britain transferred the final legal rights to Canada, making Canada completely free and equal to Britain in the Commonwealth. However, I was always under the impression that every law must be signed by Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada. I'm sure you all know that the Governor General is Her Majesty's repesentative to Canada. So then, if you think of it, if the Governor General decided she didn't want to sign anything, Britain would have complete control over us. So, my question is this: are we really free? Does Britain have any control over us? If so, in what ways? This thread has two purposes. In addition to getting this question answered, I would like to promote intelligent discussion and debate about our relationship with Britain. Do you feel we should be flying the Union Jack and singing "God Save the Queen", or do you feel we should take down all the pictures of Her Majesty, remove the position of Governor General from our government system, and declare complete separation from Britain and the Commonwealth? Personally, I believe things are just fine the way they are. Or, at least, the way the BBC claims they are. I want the Canadian government to have complete control over the counry, with no British control whatsoever. However, I recognize the importance of the monarchy in our history, and I want us to continue those ceremonial ties. I think our membership within the Commonwealth is a good thing, as long as we are indeed equals with Britain. A ceremonial link to our former mother country is good, but I don't want to be anyone's colony.