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The appeal court ruled the objectors are being literal they aren being asked to pledge an oath to Queen Elizabeth II as an individual but as the figurehead of our constitutional monarchy. oath is secular and is not an oath to the Queen in her personal capacity but to our form of government of which the Queen is a symbol. appeal panel went even further than a lower court ruling last year that found that forcing would be citizens to take the oath is constitutional even if it does violate their right to free speech. The appeal court ruled that the oath doesn violate anyone freedom of expression because new citizens are free to express their opinions in opposition to the monarchy with no repercussions.
view fidelity to this foreign monarch as undemocratic and elitist. Queen is part of Canada cultural heritage. One of the responsibilities of citizenship is protection of Canada cultural heritage, wrote Justice Karen Weiler on behalf of the Ontario Court of Appeal. purpose of the oath is not to compel expression but to obtain a commitment to our form of government from those wishing to become Canadian citizens. residents Michael McAteer, Simone Topey and Dror Bar Natan argued in April that their Charter rights are violated if they must declare that they be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Reebok Mens Basketball Shoes
Not so, says the Ontario Court of Appeal.
In fact, the court noted, lawyer Charles Roach, who spearheaded many challenges to the citizenship oath before his death in 2012, publicly recanted his oath to the Queen and it had no effect on his citizenship.
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Lawyer Peter Rosenthal said he was surprised by the court decision, his clients second loss in two years. thought the Court of Appeal would recognize that forcing people to publicly take such an oath if they don believe in the monarchy would violate their constitutional rights. are contemplating seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court but Rosenthal knows the chances are not high that they will be allowed to plead their case.
For the 80 year old McAteer, the ruling was a disappointment and an insult to his integrity. we take the oath and then work within the system to achieve what we want why take an oath that I don believe in? he asked.
math professor called the oath and a that we aren all equal. Social justice organizer Simone Topey, who came here from Jamaica 35 years ago, said her Rastafarian religion prevents her from swearing an oath to a queen that those of her faith believe is the head of Babylon. McAteer, a retired journalist, came here from Ireland in 1964 and is a committed republican who sees the whole concept of the British monarchy as discriminatory.
a democrat and I think that in the 21st century, in a country like Canada, the monarchy is the antithesis of an egalitarian country. half a century here, McAteer was looking forward to finally become a citizen with an option to opt out of the clause referring to the Queen. Now he faced with yet another legal challenge that could take years to resolve.
All three argued the oath violates their constitutional rights to freedom of expression, conscience and religion.
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