Toronto, December 1, 2015
- Citizens for a Canadian Republic (CCR),
the organization that advocates for a
democratically-selected Canadian as head of
state, would like to officially respond to
comments about the monarchy, made overseas
last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
In London, Trudeau was quoted as saying to
the UK media that "Her Majesty will remain
an integral part of our country's progress
By referring to "Her Majesty" and not "the
monarchy," does it mean that he's OK with
the status quo, but only until the end of
the Queen's reign? If so, then Prime
Minister Trudeau has an identical opinion to
that of Australia's republican Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
He also said that he has no interest in
"cracking open the constitution" when other
issues take priority, and that "there isn't
a huge appetite" for a debate on the
monarchy in Canada.
Regarding the priority, CCR believes that
unless we have the same parliamentary debate
that has already begun in Australia,
Barbados, Jamaica, New Zealand and St.
Vincent and the Grenadines, Canada may be
severely lacking in viable options when the
Queen's reign ends.
And, on his assertion that Canadians have no
taste for constitutional reform, according
to the most recent poll on the issue,
released April 30, 2013 by Angus Reid, "Half
of Canadians (49%) support reopening
Canada’s constitutional debate to discuss
the possibility of replacing the monarch
with an elected head of state, while one
third (33%) are opposed."
The Queen addressed the Commonwealth Heads
of Government Meeting in Malta last week,
with Mr. Trudeau in attendance. Having lived
there for two years before her coronation,
it's important to note that the Queen has
admitted to a particular fondness for Malta,
now a parliamentary republic that made its
governor general the official head of state
Just like Malta, Canada can also enjoy an
exemplary relationship with the British
royals after we become a parliamentary
republic. If Mr. Trudeau needs a reason why
Canada should do the same, he has already
"Because it's 2015."