A majority of Canadians want to cut ties with the monarchy in a blow to King Charles III, a new opinion poll has found. The survey, which was conducted by Mainstreet Research, put support for Canada becoming a republic at 55 percent, with 41 percent strongly backing the move.
However, 31 percent of Canadians voiced opposition to the proposal, with women more likely than men to have a favourable view of the Firm.
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed the monarchy provided his compatriots with steadiness.
Mr Trudeau, who travelled to London for Her Majesty’s state funeral, said: “There’s a nice balance to the system we have that I think is going to continue to serve Canadians extraordinarily well.”
He also refused to reopen a constitutional debate about the Royal Family.
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Trudeau said: “For me, it’s not a priority. It’s not even something that I consider discussing.
“To make such a profound change in a system that is among the best, the most stable in the world, for me, now, it’s not a good idea.”
Quebec separatists, who have strong connections with France, have been among the strongest supporters of severing ties with the British monarchy.
Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet recently claimed: “We think we need to dispose of [ties to the British monarchy] easily, quickly, without making a fuss.
A second user, operating under the handle @mohamed50355542, added: “It’s going to be a nightmare to deal with this as every province will have to consent to getting rid of the Royal Family as our head of state.”
Another account, named @orangeleafwave, wrote: “But I don’t think a majority would support the hassle especially with more pressing issues right now.”