announcement signals royal makeover
Feb 11, 2005 – Upon the
news on Thursday of Prince Charles’ plans to wed Camilla
Parker-Bowles, Canadian republicans extended their sincere good
for a Canadian Republic
has always strived to separate issues relating to the personal
lives of the Royal family from that of the monarchy as it
relates to Canada’s constitution”, said the group’s
national director, Tom Freda. “We wish them both the best.”
despite the congratulatory message, the non-partisan group
points out that today’s announcement should be taken as a
warning to Canada of things to come.
suspect this move may be a concerted effort to smooth the way
for Charles’ early accession to the throne. The Queen’s
reign is nearing its end and it makes sense that real concern
may exist over whether the public will warm up to the Prince
Regent and his Consort in time to succeed her,” said
adds, “Prince Charles currently commands a fraction of the
popularity of the Queen in both Britain and Canada and a wedding
may be deemed the perfect PR campaign to reverse that.
group cites January 2005 opinion polls in Britain that show
Prince Charles languishing in an eleven percent approval rating.
And although there are no recent popularity polls for Canada,
1997 results indicated that despite Queen Elizabeth’s
consistently high personal approval rating, only 18 per cent opposed replacing her with a Canadian as head of state
when she dies.
the lead-up to the April 8 event, CCR will be
taking the opportunity to remind Canadians of the merits of
placing a high priority on dealing with the issue of the
monarchy now. Otherwise, Canada could face the very real future
possibility of having Charles imposed on Canada as head of state
arbitrarily, before a dialogue is completed on whether this is
in Canada’s best interests as an independent nation.
meantime, it’s going to be an immensely exciting spring for
Canadian republicans,” Freda suggests. “With the parliament
of fellow Commonwealth nation Barbados voting on becoming a
republic in March, the Royal wedding in April and the Queen and
Prince Phillip visiting Canada in May, we fully expect the
debate on the monarchy to heat up considerably. We welcome the
opportunity to state the case for a democratically
selected Canadian as head of state”.
CITIZENS FOR A CANADIAN REPUBLIC
for a Canadian Republic is a registered non-partisan, not-for-profit organization advocating the
Canadianization of the head of state since 2002.
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2005 Citizens for a Canadian Republic