People think Canada should leave the Commonwealth and become a republic
Canada has a new head of state in King Charles III, the former Prince of Wales ascending to the British throne and becoming the new symbolic figurehead of the great white north after the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the age of 96 on Thursday.
Many have reacted to the news of QE2's passing solemnly, but others see the change in monarchs as an opportunity for Canada to sever ties with the British Crown and transition to a republic where the Prime Minister, and not a monarch, would serve as the country's head of state.
Who gives a living fuck. Make Canada a republic— Lol and LMAO Li’l 🌳 (@karengeier) September 8, 2022
Calls to abolish the crown are ringing across social media and gathering places such as coffee shops in urban centres like Toronto. Republicanism is a very hot topic right now.
i'm at the hipster coffee shop in Toronto today and everyone is talking about how Canada should throw down the royal standard and declare itself a republic pic.twitter.com/BiU8U4ZL7Y— nemanja (@nemanjaYVR) September 8, 2022
Some argue that Canada transitioning to a republic would be quite a tall order, requiring heavy revisions to the Constitution of Canada that could potentially open the door for a chaotic political period in the country.
My personal opinion is that Canada isn't going to abolish its monarchy anytime before the UK does (if it does) - the easiest legal argument is that the British Crown ceasing to exist would mean automatic end for the Canadian Crown.— Archy (anti-tourism industry arc) 🇹🇷✝️🌹 (@ArchyYes) September 8, 2022
Others assert that it would be borderline impossible to ditch the crown.
People are wondering if this is Canada’s moment to ditch the monarchy and become a republic. Well, Canada made that insanely difficult to do. https://t.co/gZgIdlCT9j— Vincent McDermott (@vincemcdermott) September 9, 2022
Though there are no formal plans to break away from the crown, nor have any major federal politician parties advocated for republicanism, in this hypothetical scenario, Canada would not be the first Commonwealth member state to distance itself from the monarchy.
Now would be the time for Canada to claim it's independence and stand apart from the Commonwealth like Australia did years ago.— Kevin (@vivenconsulting) September 9, 2022
The only thing the monarchy does for Canada these days is to take huge amounts money from us.
Ireland and India formed republics in 1948 and 1950, respectively, and as of 2022, 36 out of the 56 Commonwealth member states are governed as republics, far outnumbering Constitutional Monarchies like Canada.
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