67% of Canadians against the ascension of Charles III to the rank of King of England? : Okezone News

CANADA – Lecturer at Carleton University in Ottawa and specialist in the role of the kingdom, says Philippe Lagasse, citizen support for the kingdom is dwindling.

“Even in Canada, an English-speaking country, support for the monarchy is decreasing year by year,” said Philippe Lagasse, quoted by VOA Indonesia, Saturday 09/10/2022.

According to a poll last April, a small majority of Canadians – up to 71% in the French-speaking province of Quebec – even want to give up the kingdom, whose role is now largely ceremonial.

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Then, no less than 67% said they opposed Charles’ accession to the throne of England. His visit to Canada last May was hardly noticed.

Meanwhile, University of Quebec politics professor March Chevrier said that to follow in the footsteps of Barbados, which in 2021 chose to secede from the British Empire and become a republic, Canada must carry out major reforms of its institutions and its constitutional laws. .

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“A founding principle of Canada in 1867 is that the Kingdom is the basis of all constitutional laws,” explains Chevrier.

For example, he noted that “the office of prime minister is not even written into the Canadian constitution, which only mentions the monarchy,” he continued.

Changing the constitution and abolishing the monarchy will require considerable effort and possibly years of political negotiation, as it requires the unanimous approval of Parliament as well as the governments of Canada’s ten provinces.

Such debates are likely to intensify in the increasingly politically divided country.

“Then all royal symbolism can be targeted with the aim of further removing ties to the British monarchy. Targets are for example Canadian $20 coins and banknotes bearing the face of Queen Elizabeth II “, said Philippe Lagasse.

Certain protocols must also be modified, in particular the oath of citizenship. New Canadian citizens are required to take the “oath of allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, and to her heirs and successors”.

The oath was unsuccessfully challenged in court in 2014 by three immigrants who argued that the content of the oath violated their religious beliefs and conscience. For Canada’s increasingly diverse and multicultural population, also reflecting its colonial history, relations with the British Empire seem increasingly irrelevant.

Chad Sutton

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