The monarchy represents inequality, class division and a history of slavery, say three permanent residents of Canada who appeared in an Ontario court Friday to challenge the citizenship oath’s mandatory declaration of allegiance to the Queen.
“The idea we’re being asked to swear allegiance to an … offshore Queen — I just couldn’t do it,” said Michael McAteer, an applicant in the Citizenship Act challenge. “[The monarchy] is the antithesis of everything I see a democracy should be.”
The three applicants argue they have religious and conscientious objections to taking the oath. They said in court documents that the requirement to take it has “effectively barred” them from becoming Canadian citizens and argue their constitutional rights are being violated.
Their case was heard Friday at an Ontario Superior Court in downtown Toronto.
“New Canadians who feel that there should not be a monarchy and who feel it is repugnant…
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