June 13, 2003 - Citizens for a Canadian Republic,
a non-profit, non-partisan organization advocating a
democratically chosen head of state for Canada, is pleased to
announce its second speaking event of the year, taking place on
Tuesday evening, June 17.
Headlined as ‘Converging
Paths: Canada and Australia vs. The Monarchy’, the guest for
the evening will be Greg Barns, National Chairman of the
Australian Republican Movement from 2000 to 2002 and National
Campaign Director of the 1999 referendum for an Australian head
of state. He’ll be addressing Toronto members and supporters
of CCR at an informal evening dinner and reception at Urban
Restaurant in downtown Toronto. The discussion will centre
around Australia’s republican movement, its future and its
parallels with the Canadian republican movement.
Barns sees those
organizational parallels as being quite significant, with Canada
being where Australia was in 1991. At that time, Prime Minister
Paul Keating - coincidentally a former Deputy PM and Finance
Minister - was chastised in the media for making comments during
a Royal visit about Australia’s goal to be a republic. Polls
supporting an Australian head of state have climbed steadily
Barns says that
support is so widespread today that "all living former
Prime Ministers of Australia support a republic as does every
Premier and chief Minister of our six states and two
event will consist of a dinner, address and reception from 5:30
PM to 10:00 PM.
Media is asked to
contact Event Coordinator Susan Bazinet before attending or to
request interviews with Mr. Barns.