I would argue that the valiant history of Canada's centennial navy could be viewed as progressing from the Royal (Canadian) Navy to the Royal Canadian Navy in its own right, but Senator Rompkey has an absurd understanding of the royal designation:
...just as Canada has emerged from the shadow of Britain to tread the world stage as a respected and able nation in its own right, so did the Canadian Navy emerge from the shadow of the RN to become a world-renowned navy in its own right. It has become a navy reflecting the diversity, creativity, competence and multi-culturalism of the country itself.
This chamber is not the Royal Canadian Senate, although we owe much to British origins; we are the Senate of Canada. We are Canadians with our own constitution and identity. So it is with the Canadian Navy, with its own insignia, customs, practices and history...
The face of young Canada is rapidly changing. The demographic is no longer one of British, or even European, ancestry. The talent pool for the future navy has no connection with the royal designation. As the population ages, the navy is in an almost life and death competition with every other industry. If the navy does not attract more Aboriginals, more francophones, more of the anglophone and francophone immigrant communities and visible minorities, it will die a slow death.
His Royal Canadian Senate bit that him and other Senators keep repeating is meant to sound silly (which it is, since there is no historical connection), but it is pathetic to suggest that the Royal Canadian Navy would come across similarly bad, when it has a long and distinguished history under that name. But the truly pitiful part is the statement that our diverse talent pool and ethnicity as a nation has no connection with the royal designation. This is obviously a truly contemptuous thing to say, and it is totally misguided and absurd to state that we should dispense with the royal honour in order for national institutions like the navy to avoid their inevitable death. Oh, puleeze Senator! if anything recruiting will go up if you just give back the navy's traditional brand.