Toronto, May 16, 2005 -
On the eve of the 2005 Royal Visit to Saskatchewan and Alberta, Citizens for a Canadian Republic,
the national organization promoting the patriation of the office
of Canadian Head of State, today extended a hearty 'Welcome to
Canada' to the Queen and Prince Phillip.
"We truly do
welcome Royal visits for one very good reason", says CCR's
co-founder and National Director, Tom Freda, "it reminds
Canadians of just how ridiculous it is for a country of Canada's
status, in the 21st century no less, to share its head of state
with its former colonizer and 14 other former
our organization surges, as do discussions in the media of the
monarchy's relevance in Canada", he points out. "Without
a doubt, if members of the British Royal Family stayed at home,
our job would be a lot harder".
The group, which now
has active chapters across Canada, experienced a doubling of
membership inquiries since Prince Harry's Nazi salute and recent
disfavour over the prospect of a Prince Charles and Camilla
becoming King and Queen of Canada.
"Many people are
also beginning to wonder if it isn't time we had a resident head
of state, one who'll spend a bit more than 200 or so days in this
country in 53 years", Freda suggests. "Recent polls
showing a majority of Canadians in favour of an end to the
monarchy in Canada are proof of the rapidly changing attitudes on
this subject and its elevation out of the previously famous realm
In keeping with its
policy of targeting the institution of the monarchy as it's entrenched
in the Constitution rather than the personalities in the Royal
Family, CCR will not be conducting demonstrations or protests
during the visit.
"It's we Canadians who made the monarchy a part of our
Constitution, not the Queen," Freda explains. "Only we can remove it. For that
reason, it's the Canadians who stand in the way of reforming our
system to better reflect the times who we direct our attentions,
not the Queen."
Despite the policy,
CCR will proceed with it's regularly scheduled annual Victoria Day
weekend protest of the Citizenship Act Oath of Allegiance at
Ontario's Provincial Legislature on Saturday, May 21. Details are
available at the end of this press release.
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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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Annual Citizenship Oath Recantation - Toronto, ON
May 21, 2005 - Join CCR member Ashok Charles, a Canadian
citizen since 1977, who'll be leading a ceremony on the
front lawn of Toronto's Queen's Park Provincial
Legislature, where he and others will recant the portion
of the Oath of Citizenship that declared allegiance to
"Queen Elizabeth II and her heirs and
successors". To acknowledge allegiance only to
Canada, they'll then reaffirm their commitment to the
remainder of the oath requiring fulfillment of their
duties as a Canadian citizen. Music plus free
Citizens for a Canadian Republic