Should Canada’s oath of citizenship be changed to remove requirement to pledge allegiance to the monarchy?

Citizenship oath to Queen nearly nixed 20 years ago

“New citizens would be swearing an oath to Canada rather than to the Queen had former prime minister Jean Chretien not gotten cold feet at the last minute, his former citizenship minister said Friday. As three permanent residents and the federal government argued the issue in court, Sergio Marchi said he had been poised to scrap the pledge of allegiance to the Queen two decades ago…”
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Court case challenging citizenship oath heard in Toronto

“Peter Rosenthal, their lawyer, argued Friday in the Superior Court of Justice that the requirement violates his clients’ charter rights, of free expression and religion, and discriminates against individuals of other national origins. People born in Canada or abroad to Canadian parents are automatically citizens and don’t have to take any such oath. The applicants, who cannot vote or obtain a passport as permanent residents, believe pledging allegiance to Canada itself should be sufficient and are trying to strike down the current oath as unconstitutional…”
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Stop with the jingoistic outrage over challenging the oath to the Queen

“It’s not un-Canadian to ask a court to rule on whether or not you must swear an oath to the Queen as a prerequisite for citizenship in a sovereign Canada, it’s un-Canadian to throw a hissy fit when people assert their democratic rights…”
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Should a new Canadian Constitution remove the pledge of allegiance to the monarchy and its heirs from the oath of citizenship, given that a majority of Canadians want to retire the monarchy and have a democratically selected Canadian head of state? You can send a letter letting key politicians across Canada know what you think HERE.