- What is Justin Trudeau’s position on Canada’s independence from the UK?
- What do the poll results show about the continuation of the monarchy in Canada?
- What are the reasons for Justin Trudeau’s opposition to Canadian independence supporters?
- What do Canadian independence thinkers think about Charles III’s reign?
A few days after the death of the Queen, the fate of the territories of the UK, including Canada, has become one of the most important political debates. Canada’s independence from the UK has become the day’s topic in political circles in Canada.
Justin Trudeau is not prioritizing Canada’s independence.
Canada’s independence from the UK is very likely after the death of Elizabeth II. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who went to London to attend the funeral of the Queen of the UK, avoided opening this debate and its legal requirements in an interview with Canada Radio and said: “It is not even something I plan to debate.” Stating that we are in a difficult period, he added: “We are in such a complex and complicated moment, to make such a profound change in a system that is among the best, most stable in the world, for me, now, that is not a good idea.”
Charles III is the official King of Canada.
Canada’s independence from the UK probably happened during the reign of Charles III. Canada became a British colony at the end of the 15th century and was officially part of the British Empire until 1982. Canada is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, with the King of the UK as its head of government. In this way, Charles III, King of the UK, is also officially the King of Canada.
Canadian opposition to Charles III
According to polls, Canada’s independence from the UK is the desire of the majority of Canadians according to polls. A survey conducted by Ipsos for Canada’s Global News television and news site shows that 58 percent of Canadians agree with a referendum to remain in the monarchy or leave it. This statistic indicates a 5-step growth in one year. Also, another poll, the result of which was published a few days ago, showed that less than half of Canadians (44%) agree with the King of Charles III.
The opposition of most Canadians to the continuation of the monarchy
Canada’s independence from the UK and opposition to the continuation of the monarchy have many supporters. The poll found that 67 percent strongly disapprove or somewhat disapprove of the Queen’s eldest son being elected Canada’s official head of government. This was while the official announcement of the death of the Queen, King Charles III, was announced as the King of Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, and the relevant document was presented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General Mary Simon. He is the primary representative of the Queen.
Abolition of the monarchy is the desire of the majority of Canadians.
In an article last week, Reuters pointed to the results of the Angus Reid Institute poll, which was conducted in April and the results recently published. They said: that 51% of Canadians do not want the British kingdom to continue over Canada. This figure was more than 45% in January 2020. Only 26% of the respondents said that the current situation should continue, and 24% did not have a specific opinion about the continuation or cessation of this situation.
The opposition of Canada’s third most powerful party to the monarchy
Earlier last week, Yves-François Blanchet, the leader of the Bloc Québécois party, the third most powerful party in Canada, in an article in the Journal De Montreal, praised the personality of Queen Elizabeth II and raised questions about whether Canada should remain under the British protectorate. He referred the audience to the Canadian Constitution by referring to the amount of media coverage of the Queen’s death and whether this issue should prevent us from asking how long Canada should remain under trusteeship.
Monarchy costs for Canada
Pointing out that no law in Canada, even if formal is enforceable without the royal seal, Blanchet wrote about the costs of this trusteeship for Canada that is under the trusteeship of Canada in just three years, from 2018 to 2021, costs an average of 67 million dollars per year for taxpayers. The cost includes ceremonial events, royal family travel, including $4 million for William’s trip in 2016, more than $300,000 per year in governor-general salaries, and lifetime pensions for all former governors-general and their survivors.
Canadian independence activists want to abolish the monarchy.
Also, according to a recent Leger survey, nearly 77% of Canadians said they have no attachment to the British monarchy. In the federal parliament of Canada, Quebec independence activists recently demanded the severance of relations with the British monarchy. At the same time, the left-wing opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), without prioritizing this issue, wants to abolish the monarchy.
Justin Trudeau’s opposition to independence
According to himself, Trudeau was an admirer of Elizabeth II. He assures that the system of conditional monarchy guarantees considerable stability for the current period and believes that our system still works in an era where we witness the weakness of democratic institutions and democracy. Referring to the two referendums of 1980 and 1995 for Quebec independence, he said: “We have lived through constitutional debates. Changing our system of government at any time is difficult.”
Rise of independence seekers with the death of Elizabeth II
Despite Canada and Australia’s deep historical ties to the UK, more and more people are turning away from the rule of a foreign kingdom every day, but will there be the political will to change? Elizabeth II, the Queen of the UK, was buried in London during a ceremony that independence movements and movements had been activated in many satellite countries and the British Commonwealth and wanted to separate from this country.
Increasing criticism of Charles III’s reign
Contrary to what was expected, the death of the Queen after 70 years of reign did not hurt the feelings of the people in the Commonwealth countries but also increased the criticism of the Queen’s successor, Charles III. All these reactions and consequences that can be expected in the future in the commonwealth countries are because people in many commonwealth countries, especially in Canada, Australia and even the UK, are fed up with the continuation of the existing political system, and They are looking for an opportunity to escape from this situation.
Increasing independence in the Commonwealth of Nations
The death of the Queen of the UK has raised the issue of leaving the royal system in Canada and other dominated countries, including Australia. This country is considered one of the essential British territories within the framework of the Commonwealth of Nations. A referendum on independence from the UK was held in this country for the first time in 1999, and the result was 55% against and 45% in favour.
Changing Canada’s political system and its departure from the form of conditional monarchy is not a new issue. However, with the death of Elizabeth II, which has only been a few weeks, it has entered a new stage and has resumed. It seems that Prime Minister Trudeau has no intention of dealing with it.