The “geriatric tour” is set to kick off in about ten days. I don’t mean the Rolling Stones, but it is two people from England - Elizabeth Windsor and Phillip Mountbatten, better known as “The Queen & Prince Phillip”. The two octogenarians land in Halifax and then embark on a trip across Canada and into the USA – no indication so far they’ll have to take off their shoes and pass through a metal detector although it would be cute if they somehow ended up on a no-fly list! As the so-called “royal” descendants of the German princely House of Wettin prepare for their visit to the colonies, a new survey shows the majority of Canadians believe the country should sever its ties to the monarchy once her job ends. (The only “royal” connotation to this visit may be if Crown Royal is offered as a beverage to Lil’beth, Phil and their entourage.) The Ipsos-Reid poll shows that six in ten Canadians (58%, +5) believe Canada should end ties to the monarchy when Elizabeth retires or dies. The majority (62%, +9) believes Canada’s head of state should be an elected governor general or some such, but not a queen. According to the poll, the strongest voices favouring abolishment of the monarchy in Canada come from Quebec, where eight in 10 people believe ties to the monarchy should be cut when Elizabeth is done, but 53 per cent think she has done a good job in her role as monarch. Most don’t think that her loutish bore of a son - the adulterer and his wife - the mistress, should have any role to play in Canada. I’m among the most. Here’s your hat … what’s your hurry.