Toronto, May 19, 2006 -
This year, Citizens for a Canadian Republic is asking Canadians
to break with tradition and think of Victoria Day as more than
just another statutory holiday.
"We've found that the more
Canadians know about the monarchy, the less they want to keep
it." says the group's national director, Tom Freda. "There are
so many aspects of the institution that just no longer reflect
Canadian values." he adds, "One of our mandates is to
point that out to the public."
Among the facts the group
Canadians to ponder:
Contrary to our
Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which expressly forbids
discrimination on the basis of race or religion, our
constitution supports the part of the Rules of Succession which
denies any Roman Catholic, Jew, Hindu,
Muslim or anyone not a Protestant from becoming Canada’s head of
state. Even marriage to a Roman Catholic automatically makes one
ineligible to become Canada's head of state.
The Charter forbids
discrimination on the basis of gender, yet, if Canada's head of
state, Queen Elizabeth II, had a younger brother, she would not
have become Queen.
also guarantees freedom of thought and
protects individuals from being compelled to make statements
contrary to their personal beliefs or opinions. Despite that,
new Canadians who believe that the monarchy is inegalitarian or
undemocratic are forced to swear an oath of allegiance to the
reigning monarch or be denied citizenship.
Canada is an independent nation. Yet,
Canadians have no right to choose who becomes head of state of
their own country. When the Queen's reign ends, Prince Charles
automatically becomes Canada's head of state, whether we like it
To mark Victoria Day this year, a
dedicated contingent of CCR's 200 member Toronto chapter will be
conducting a peaceful, sidewalk march through Toronto's downtown
core. During the march
through Toronto's streets,
the group's Toronto chapter president, Ashok Charles, will
lead other new Canadians in a ceremony recanting the portion of the Oath of
Citizenship that declared their allegiance to "Queen
Elizabeth II and her heirs and successors". To acknowledge
their 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.
hopes this symbolic action will prompt an examination of
Canadian values in regards to democracy and citizenship.
DATE: Monday, May 22, 2006 (Victoria Day)
TIME: Approximately 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (Gathering
LOCATION: Starting at the front lawn of the Queens
Park Ontario Legislature building, the march will wind through
Toronto's core, ending at Queen's Park roughly an hour later.
(Route is available to media on
This event is approved by Queen's Park and Toronto Police.
SPEAKERS: Guests will be political science author
Randall White, civil rights lawyer and UN war crimes tribunal
investigator Charles Roach and CCR National Director Tom Freda.
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.
is available at CCR’s website.
Citizens for a Canadian Republic