Allegiance to the Queen? It's the Canadian way

Queen Elizabeth II. (WENN.com)

Queen Elizabeth II. (WENN.com)

Simon Kent, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:51 PM ET

Rule: Britannia and Canada won't waive the rules. Not for anybody.

Three permanent residents of Canada who appeared in an Ontario court in July to challenge the citizenship oath's mandatory declaration of allegiance to the Queen have lost their case.

The Queen stays.

The trio claimed the monarchy represents "inequality, class division and a history of slavery" and sought the option of not swearing fealty to the sovereign.

They wanted Her Majesty cut from the oath taken when all new Canadians embrace their citizenship.

The Ontario Superior Court ruled otherwise Friday. A judge found the provision could be justified as a reasonable limit in a free and democratic society.

Which is surely a triumph of reason over argumentative point-scoring.

The three applicants knew what the oath was before they immigrated. Surely to seek to change it after their arrival is less a display of bad manners than outright cheek.


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