NATIONAL PULSE – Three in five Canadians want to chuck Charles

King Charles.


April 24, 2023 – As King Charles prepares to have his title formalized at the May 6 coronation – expected to be a toned-down affair as Charles “is very aware of the struggles felt by modern Britons” – many in Canada wonder if it’s time to split from the monarchy.

New data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds half (52%) of Canadians do not want their country to continue as a constitutional monarchy for generations to come, nearly all (88%) of whom believe it’s worth opening the constitutional can of worms to sever the country’s royal roots.

Charles’ mother Queen Elizabeth II would have turned 97 last week. Canada’s affection for the longest-serving British monarch in history was well documented. While her role as Canada’s head of state passed down to King Charles, Canadians’ warmth to Elizabeth did not.

Three-in-ten (28%) Canadians say they have a favourable view of their new King; half (48%) do not. In fact, a majority (60%) oppose recognizing Charles as King and all that entails.

And when this recognition is broken down to is individual elements – swearing an oath to him and singing “God Save the King” at official ceremonies,” putting his face on currency – opposition is even higher. Overall, a majority of Canadians (52%) believe Charles will be a worse monarch than Elizabeth.

There has been debate in England as to what to call Charles’ wife Camilla. Last year, Queen Elizabeth said it was her “sincere wish” for Camilla to be known as Queen Consort.

However, the palace wants to drop the “Consort,” referring to her only as Queen Camilla on invitations to the coronation. In Canada, both the titles of Queen (21%) and Queen Consort (19%) lose out to “she should not be referred to as ‘Queen’” (60%). This comes as two-third (66%) say they oppose Canada recognizing Camilla as queen of their country.

The couple next-in-line to the throne, William and Kate, are viewed more favourably by Canadians, but the positivity is flowing from those who believe Canada should continue as a constitutional monarchy.

Four-in-five in that group have positive impressions of Prince William and Princess Kate. Those who want to see an end to the royals’ rule over Canada are more negative (William, 36% favourable; Kate, 41%).

More Key Findings:

  • Two-in-five (41%) say they don’t care about the coming coronation. The rest have some interest, which ranges from high anticipation (9%) and likely to tune in (20%), to reading recaps after the fact (29%). Overall, one-in-ten (9%) Canadians describe it as one of the biggest events of the year.
  • Three-in-five (61%) believe it is the right decision for Belize, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis to follow the path of Barbados and sever ties with the monarchy. One-in-ten (11%) disagree.
  • Canadians who were born in a Commonwealth country or former British colony other than Canada are more likely to support swearing an oath to King Charles and singing “God Save the King” at official ceremonies and putting his face on Canadian currency than others. Still, among that group, support for those recognitions is split overall, rising to at most 50 per cent for putting his face on currency.

Link to the poll here:

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3 Comments on NATIONAL PULSE – Three in five Canadians want to chuck Charles

  1. David Johnson // April 24, 2023 at 5:04 PM // Reply

    Its funny how Canadians will in response to polls like this, toss out a simple yay or nay to the monarchy in Canada, but have no clue exactly what it would take to actually functionally get it done.

    How much it would cost $, how long it would take and most important, the extreme likelihood that ONE SINGLE elected individual from ANY of the elected bodies throughout our country (Federal House, Provincial Ledge or Territorial Assembly or the Senate) … just one person … would say no … and we will all watch the whole endeavor fail.

    That’s the needed threshold under our existing Constitution.

    Just know that as you read of respond to a ‘poll’.

    I wrote a column on this:

    • Sheila Park // April 25, 2023 at 1:01 AM // Reply

      But it can be done and if constituents want it perhaps the elected officials would listen to their constituents. It is 2023 and we are a democracy. So why do we have a monarch. I haven’t sung God Save the Queen since about 1973. It is a time.

  2. Sheila Park // April 24, 2023 at 12:36 PM // Reply

    Born in Britain. Do not support the monarchy except for the fact that they make gazillions off US tourists
    who have forgotten about the “tea party”. Helps the British economy.
    We live in a democracy – all people are born equal. So why do we pretend otherwise.

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