Canada is a constitutional monarchy and the queen is the head of state only as a figure head. The Governor General is appointed by the Canadian prime minister to represent the queen so the queen has no real power. We send gifts for weddings and babies and finance the odd royal visit but I don't think the monarchy costs us that much. My google search says it costs us $1.53 per person each year which is about the cost of a cup of coffee. I'm good with that as I think we get a lot of financial benefits being in the common wealth and I do think of England as having a special relationship with us that I wouldn't want to lose. On my mums side I'm only second generation Canadian and I still have English cousins so that may influence the feeling of closeness I have towards Great Britain.