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Green Party of Canada supports ending oath to Queen

 

National convention vote calls for end to requirement for new citizens

 

Toronto, March 9, 2009 - Canada's republican movement, Citizens for a Canadian Republic, welcomes the Green Party of Canada's new policy resolution calling for an amendment to the Citizenship Act to remove allegiance to "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors."

The change, established at the national convention on the weekend, keeps the party's policy on the monarchy closer to that of fellow Greens in the Commonwealth. The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has supported modernizing their oaths since 2005. Australia has already revised their Citizenship oath in 1993 to delete all reference to the monarchy. The Green Party there goes even further, advocating "Australia should become a republic with an Australian head of state."

In Canada, there have been many unsuccessful attempts to revise the Citizenship Act to accommodate monarchy objectors, by both Conservative and Liberal governments. Most recently, Bill C-203 in 2003.

The swearing of an oath to the Queen as a prerequisite for civil service employment ended with The Public Service Modernization Act in 2005.

Present Canadian Citizenship Oath - I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will
faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.

Australian Citizenship Pledge - (Revised in 1993) - As an Australian citizen, I affirm my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I uphold and obey.

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ABOUT CITIZENS FOR A CANADIAN REPUBLIC
Citizens for a Canadian Republic is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization  advocating the full Canadianization of the head of state. More information is available at CCR’s website.
MORE INFORMATION
Green Party of Canada - 2009 National Convention - Policy Resolution on Oaths
Green Party of Canada - 2009 National Convention resolutions
Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand - Support for Oaths Modernisation Bill
The Australian Greens - Policy E1: Constitutional Reform and Democracy. Principles: "Australia should become a republic with an Australian head of state."
University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review - The Citizenship Oath, the Charter, and the Conscientious Objector
Republic / Monarchy Opinion Polls in Canada 1993 - 2009
 
Quotations from other Commonwealth heads of government regarding the monarchy
 
MEDIA INQUIRIES
Citizens for a Canadian Republic
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Phone(416)705-5660, Fax(416)532-3792
info@canadian-republic.ca
www.canadian-republic.ca
MEDIA CONTACTS
English
Tom Freda - (416)705-5660 or national.director@canadian-republic.ca
Français
Pierre Vincent - (780)987-8663 or (780)988-0622 info@republique-canadienne.ca

A member of Common Cause, an alliance of four Commonwealth republican movements