Toronto, February 17,
- The Prime Minister's Office confirmed yesterday that
newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit
Canada later this summer, and that the tour will be paid
for with federal and provincial funds.
Citizens for a Canadian Republic (CCR) continues to
question why Canadian taxpayers should be on the hook to
pay for visits by the Queen's family.
"As outrageously expensive as it is, it's one thing to
pay for the Queen to come to Canada," says Tom Freda,
national director of Citizens for a Canadian Republic,
"but to also pay for her children and grandchildren to
visit makes no sense," he added.
"These people are not diplomats or heads of state,
they're just celebrities." he said. "Canadian taxpayers
should no more pay to have this famous couple visit
Canada then to pay for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or
David and Victoria Beckham."
In a national opinion poll conducted in November, 2010,
61 per cent of Canadians said they believe the monarchy
should not have any formal role in Canadian society
because the royals are "simply celebrities and nothing
Using Access to Information data on previous royal
visits, along with anticipated expenses by the
provinces, CCR estimates that the 8-day royal visit
will cost an estimated $500,000 to $700,000 per day or
roughly $4-6 million in total.
In the wake of recent funding cuts to a variety
of government ministries, CCR asks: "How can
spending unnecessary millions on this royal visit be
Opinion poll link :
2010 - Sixty-one per cent of Canadians believe the
monarchy should not have any formal role in Canadian
society because they're "simply celebrities and nothing
more." Also, 53 per cent agree that Canada should sever
its ties with the monarchy when Queen Elizabeth's reign
ends, 56 per cent want the Governor General to be the
head of state rather than the Queen and 75 per cent
believe that Canada's head of state should live in this