Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has said that now is not the time to be talking about scrapping the Monarchy. He remarked that his Government will not be engaging in constitutional talks while the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and Canada faces unprecedented economic disruption.
When asked if Canada should rethink its ties to the House of Windsor following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, Trudeau commented, “Obviously, I wish all members of the Royal Family the very best. But my focus, as we’ve said, is getting through this pandemic. If people want to later talk about constitutional change and shifting our system of government, that’s fine. They can have those conversations.”
In the aftermath of the interview, some republican keen Commonwealth countries have indicated their intention to breakaway from the Commonwealth.
Abolishing the Monarchy in Canada would be a complicated issue. Under the country’s constitution, all ten provinces and both chambers of Parliament would have to agree to such a huge shift. In recent years, there has been little talk in Canada of shifting away from the House of Windsor.
While Trudeau accepted that many of Canada’s institutions are built on a legacy of systemic racism, he believes the solution is not to scrap them altogether but to continually reform them from within. “The answer is not to suddenly toss out all the institutions and start over. The answer is to look very carefully at these systems and listen to Canadians who face discrimination.”
Justin Trudeau is said to have a “close” relationship with Her Majesty The Queen having met her on several occasions as Prime Minister of Canada but also when he was younger and his father, Pierre, was Prime Minister.
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