Canada Needs To Ditch Queen Elizabeth
Thank gawd (!) because I don't think I could swear that oath without crossing my fingers. So why do we require new Canadian citizens to swear an oath to "be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors ..."
But now, thankfully, the Queen's place in Canada is going to trial. This comes about as a result of the federal government's failure to stop a Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge of the reference to the monarchy in Canada's citizenship oath. Three judges of the Ontario Court of Appeal have denied the federal attorney general's request to dismiss the case.
I know that monarchist types have a number of arguments as to why we 'need' the British figurehead in our structures of state. Their arguments are complete hogwash.
Canada does not need a Queen (nor a King when the time comes). It is a ridiculous remnant of our history and has NO place in the 21st Century.
I am not advocating that we use the French model for eliminating the monarchy, but elimination should be our goal as a nation as soon as possible.
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