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Another royal visit to cost taxpayers millions

Toronto, February 17, 2011 – The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed yesterday that newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit Canada later this summer, and that the tour will be paid for with federal and provincial funds.

Citizens for a Canadian Republic (CCR) continues to question why Canadian taxpayers should be on the hook to pay for visits by the Queen’s family.

“As outrageously expensive as it is, it’s one thing to pay for the Queen to come to Canada,” says Tom Freda, national director of Citizens for a Canadian Republic, “but to also pay for her children and grandchildren to visit makes no sense,” he added.

“These people are not diplomats or heads of state, they’re just celebrities.” he said. “Canadian taxpayers should no more pay to have this famous couple visit Canada then to pay for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or David and Victoria Beckham.”

In a national opinion poll conducted in November, 2010, 61 per cent of Canadians said they believe the monarchy should not have any formal role in Canadian society because the royals are “simply celebrities and nothing more.”

Using Access to Information data on previous royal visits, along with anticipated expenses by the provinces, CCR estimates that the 8-day royal visit will cost an estimated $500,000 to $700,000 per day or roughly $4-6 million in total.

In the wake of recent funding cuts to a variety of government ministries, CCR asks: “How can spending unnecessary millions on this royal visit be justified?”

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Opinion poll link : November 24, 2010 – Sixty-one per cent of Canadians believe the monarchy should not have any formal role in Canadian society because they’re “simply celebrities and nothing more.” Also, 53 per cent agree that Canada should sever its ties with the monarchy when Queen Elizabeth’s reign ends, 56 per cent want the Governor General to be the head of state rather than the Queen and 75 per cent believe that Canada’s head of state should live in this country.

ABOUT CITIZENS FOR A CANADIAN REPUBLIC
Citizens for a Canadian Republic is a registered non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that’s been advocating the full Canadianization of the head of state since 2002. More information is available at CCR’s website.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Republic / Monarchy Opinion Polls in Canada 1993 – 2010
CONTACT INFO
Media Inquiries
Citizens for a Canadian Republic
2100 Bloor Street West, Suite 6 – 146
Toronto, Ontario M6S 5A5
Phone(416)705-5660
info@canadian-republic.ca
http://www.canadian-republic.ca

MEDIA CONTACTS
English
Tom Freda – (416)705-5660 or tfreda@canadian-republic.ca
French
Pierre Vincent – (780)987-8663 or (780)988-0622 info@republique-canadienne.ca

A member of Common Cause, an alliance of four Commonwealth republican movements

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  1. Ron Berdusco
    February 19, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I find it most unsettling that no Canadian child growing up in Canada today can ever aspire to become our head of state. What are we telling our own citizens? That we are not good enough? That we need foreign royals because of their birth, blood, and religion? C’mon Canadians, let’s stand up for Canada and abolish this moribund monarchy. Enough is enough!!

    • March 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      We are telling them that we do not value true Canadians as much as foreigners, not a Canadian value at all…

    • November 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Amen to that.

  2. Christopher
    February 21, 2011 at 1:59 am

    It is a SHAME to be “royal subject” in DEMOCRATIC country,if royalists want monarchy LET THEM PAY for royals expenses.I strongly PROTEST Goverment of CANADA to spend my tax dollars for pleasure of foreign monarchy.

    • March 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      Not only is it a shame to be ‘royal subject’, it is a violation of Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms in a Democracy for one human being to be ‘subject’ and thus below to another…

  3. Rhonda Elizabeth Totten
    June 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I am appalled at the cost of this Royal visit. We, the taxpayers, should not be funding this stay in Canada.
    The 4 million plus would be better used to look after our senior citizens and low income families.
    I don’t remember taking a vote; agreeing to this and it is my money as well as every other Canadian out there.
    I do not have a problem with them visiting; why not? it is an awesome country!
    I am NOT a royal subject I am a Canadian; it is time we shed ourselves of this burden and, perhaps we could put Terry Fox on our dollar bills instead of the Queen!!

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