Is it really that difficult for Canada to replace the monarchy?
Undoubtedly, among all the realms, the change to a parliamentary republic from a constitutional monarchy is the hardest in Canada. It's even more difficult than in the UK.
The obstacle is our constitution's Section 41(a), which requires any amendment to the "office of the Queen, the Governor General and the Lieutenant Governor of a province," to require the unanimous consent of both houses of Parliament and the legislatures of the 10 provinces.
We have more to expand upon in another update regarding what the "office of the Queen" actually means, but for now, let's go with the general thinking that it refers to the monarchy.
Those who advocate that we remain a monarchy, and sadly, many republic supporters who believe them, steadfastly argue that the ability to get all the provinces to agree on anything, is so farfetched, it means getting an amendment to end the monarchy is impossible. In other words; no matter if 90% of Canadians want a republic, the constitution won't allow it.
Well, we reject that thinking. A tough flag debate in the early sixties and an even tougher battle to patriate our constitution and legislate a Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982, both prove that no matter the difficulty, if we want it, we'll eventually get it.
This page will gradually expand on debunking the argument that wanting a republic is an exercise in futility with several models that are vetted by constitutional experts as viable, practical and achievable.
In our first installment, please take a look at our media release of April 25, 2023.
More to come.