MOVEMENT FORMED ADVOCATING A CANADIAN REPUBLIC
~ TIME TO REPLACE THE QUEEN WITH A CANADIAN
Toronto, ON - Apr. 10, 2002 - Citizens for a Canadian Republic
is pleased to announce its formation as a national non-profit
corporation under guidelines established by Industry Canada's
Corporations Directorate. The organization is the official voice
of the movement for a Canadian republic and is being launched in
this, the year of Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee, in an effort
to provide balance in the debate over whether or not Canada
should remain a constitutional monarchy.
For over 30 years this debate has been dominated by one side,
the Monarchist League of Canada, a group established to
strengthen Canada's ties to the monarchy. Supporters of the
concept of a Canadian head of state are now prepared to even the
playing field with an organization of their own, Citizens for
a Canadian Republic.
Tom Freda, a founding executive member of CCR and a long time
editor of his own website, the popular Monarchy-Free Canada,
explained that the time is right for a republic. According to
Freda, "at the moment, polls show nearly half of Canadians
in favour of replacing the monarchy with our own head of state
and more than half wanting historic Canadians rather than the
Queen on our currency. As Australia and New Zealand have done,
organizing a Canadian movement to reflect this trend and to
raise awareness of the clear advantages of becoming a republic
seemed to be long overdue."
"Over the years, Canada has led the way among Britain’s
former colonies in promoting its independence. We were the first
to gain dominion status, gain legislative independence, adopt
our own distinct flag and institute our own republican-style
charter of rights. We’re already a republic in all but name so
why not put it on paper and declare what we consider obvious,
that we’re a confident, culturally vibrant, independent nation
that no longer requires that last thread of colonialism?,"
argued Freda who has recently appeared as a spokesperson for the
republican movement on CBC-TV, CTV and CITY-TV.
Pierre Vincent, also a co-founder of the organization, echoed
these views. "We finally have a national group willing to
tackle the very important issue of making Canada a true nation.
One day a Canadian will be chosen by other Canadians to become
our head of state. That's now inevitable."
Vincent, a federal civil servant, recently saved his job and
made headlines by winning a two year battle to refuse the Oath
of Allegiance to the Queen.
In keeping with its goal of promoting discussion of matters
related to Canadianizing our head of state, Citizens for a
Canadian Republic will be hosting a public forum at the
University of Toronto on the evening of May 23 - just after the
Victoria Day holiday. The time and exact location will be
announced in late April. Reservations for the media and public
may be made by by phone fax or e-mail.