TORONTO - Oct. 3, 2007 - In light of Monday's public
opinion poll showing overwhelming majority support for
ending the monarchy, Canada's republican movement is
repeating its call on parliament to form an all-party
committee, similar to the Flag Committee of the 1960's,
to discuss the future of the institution.
"Canadians have clearly indicated that it's time for
Canada to act like an independent nation and sever its
last constitutional link to Britain," said Tom Freda,
national director of Citizens for a Canadian Republic
The poll, released by Angus Reid Strategies, indicates
that 53 percent of Canadians support ending the
monarchy, while only 35 percent support the status quo.
Republican support jumps to 55 percent versus 31 percent
when respondents are asked about retaining the monarchy
with Prince Charles as the successor to Queen Elizabeth
"Our parliamentarians must realize the opportunity we
have here," added Freda. "Now is the time to engage in
civil, non-partisan parliamentary debate, not later. Why
must we wait for a constitutional crisis to deal with
what many consider to be a pivotal step in Canada's
evolution as a nation?"
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