Oct 26 2012
In 16 of the total of 54 Commonwealth countries, in which the Queen Elizabeth II is currently considered as head of state, there is a strong sentiment that having an unelected foreign monarch runs counter to the spirit of egalitarianism and fairness.
According to the London Declaration of 1949, the British Queen acts as the symbolic head of the Commonwealth, whose most of its members are former British colonies.
An Angus Reid poll completed in December 2010, found that only 21 percent of Canadians would like Canada to remain a monarchy, while 32 percent preferred an elected head of state, who would serve as a true representative of the Canadian people.
Furthermore, in December 2008, Tom Freda, national director for Citizens for a Canadian Republic (CCR), criticized a Canadian governor general acting as deputy for the foreign monarch as head of state, saying, “The position has often been described as a constitutional referee whose job it is to ensure that parliament behaves.”
The CCR is a Canadian corporation, which believes it is time for Canada to become a parliamentary republic with a resident, democratically selected Canadian as head of state.
In April 2008, former Australian Labour Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd reaffirmed his commitment to an Australian republic, saying, “Our position as a party is quite clear – we are committed to an Australian republic.” In August 2010, his successor Julia Gillard also stressed that Australia should cut its ties with Britain and become a republic when the UK Queen dies or abdicates.
Moreover, an organization called the Australian Republican Movement, advocates for an Australian republic and a head of state coming from Australia.
Furthermore, in New Zealand, the Republican Movement is a campaign group for a republic with a New Zealander as head of State.