(Anne) Cools Defends Monarchy: St. James Hosts 47th Anniversary of Accession

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Ottawa

IF SENATOR ANNE COOLS is ever asked to swear on a stack of Bibles, she'll be prepared. The outspoken Liberal senator from Toronto Centre, an Anglican, keeps several versions of the Bible on a bookshelf in her Parliament Hill office and is known to quote from them during speeches in the Upper Chamber.

"Romans, Chapter 12, verse 5, King James Version tells us: `So we, being many, are one body in Christ and every one members one of another,' " she said in a Senate speech Feb. 11. She was speaking in defense of the monarchy, in particular Queen Elizabeth II, and repeating points she had made in a homily four days earlier at the Cathedral Church of St. James of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto.

"My mother was a Methodist, and a strong Methodist, too," said the Barbados-born Ms. Cools, whose father was a Catholic. "I share this because I understand so well that, even with the whole force of truth, with righteousness and judiciousness on one's side, and even with every rational argument and the powers of moving eloquence on one's side, victory and justice are uncertain and often elusive, even fleeting, for reasons that we all know."

In her 15 years as a senator to date, Ms. …