Canada has long been associated with the British monarchy, with King Charles III, who is about to be crowned, as our current head of state. As a modern and independent nation, it is time for Canada to sever its ties and become a republic.
One of the most compelling reasons to leave is the issue of democracy. In a truly democratic system, the head of state should be elected by the people, not inherited through a bloodline.
By maintaining current ties, Canada is perpetuating a system of privilege and entitlement that is out of step with modern values.
As a diverse country, Canada needs symbols and institutions that reflect its unique character and history, which British roots and traditions do not fully encompass.
By establishing our own head of state, the country would have a unifying symbol that reflects its values and aspirations. Leaving the monarchy would allow us to move away from our colonial past and forge a truly independent future.
Of course, there are those who argue that the monarchy has symbolic value and should be retained for that reason alone. However, the cost of maintaining those ties far outweighs any symbolic benefit.
The Canadian government pays millions of dollars each year to support the monarchy, including the cost of royal tours and security. These funds could be better spent on programs and services that benefit all Canadians.
The time has come for Canada to embrace its own identity and take its place as a modern, democratic republic.
The coronation of King Charles III takes place on Saturday, May 6. Will you recognize the ceremony with pride, moderate interest or indifference?