How Canada could break up with the monarchy

Many Canadians want to cut our country’s ties with the monarchy, but breaking up is hard to do, says a constitutional expert.

According to an Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News, half of Canadians believe that Canada should end its ties to the monarchy when the Queen’s reign ends. About 61 per cent of Canadians believe that the Queen and Royal Family should not have any formal role in Canadian society, as “the royals are simply celebrities and nothing more.”

Support for the Royal Family ebbs and flows with the news, said Sean Simpson, vice-president of Ipsos Public Affairs. “When the Royals are behaving badly, we see Canadians saying we should end formal ties but when Will and Kate got married and the world celebrated the birth of their children, we see more excitement and softening of negative views.”

Canadians overwhelmingly agree that Queen Elizabeth has done a good job as monarch, but they’re not sure on what comes after. “The question is do we continue with the monarchy and that’s a more divisive issue. We have Canadians split down the middle, and demographics are important for this – Quebec is anti-monarchist,” said Simpson. “It’s split down the middle and pits Quebec against the rest of the country. That’s a disaster for Canada.”

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