CBU’s David Johnson to Launch Battle Royal

Cape Breton University and the Old Sydney Society will join together to host a book launch for Dr. David Johnson’s new book, Battle Royal: Monarchists vs. Republicans and the Crown of Canada (Dundurn Press, 2018). The event will take place on Tuesday, January 23, from 4-6:00 p.m. at the Old Sydney Society.

“I wrote Battle Royal for a general audience, for all Canadians interested in the monarchy in Canada, its history and current role, and whether it should have a future in this country, or not,” says Dr. Johnson. “Whether you are for the monarchy or against it, Battle Royal will both inform and entertain you, giving you much to think about and to talk about next time the issue of the monarchy comes up in conversation.”

Battle Royal explores the historic and ongoing debate in Canada between monarchists and republicans about the role of the Crown in Canada, its purpose and whether it should have a future after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. A strong republican movement in Canada stresses that the monarchy is archaic and anti-democratic, an embarrassing vestige of our colonial past. An equally vibrant monarchist movement, however, defends its loyalty to royalty, asserting that the Queen is a living link to a political and constitutional tradition dating back over a thousand years.

Dr. Johnson, a professor of political science at Cape Breton University, has studied and taught Canadian politics, government and the constitution for more than 30 years. His political insights columns appear regularly in the Cape Breton Post.

The book launch will include readings from the book by the author and a synopsis of arguments for and against the monarchy in Canada, presented by local representatives of the republican and monarchist sides. Refreshments will be served and the event is open to the public.

For more information please contact Dr. Johnson at 902-563-1213 or david_johnson@cbu.ca.