While the headline to this post shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, it has made headlines. In a recent decision, the Court of Appeal of Ontario rejected claims that requiring potential Canadian citizens to swear an oath to Her Majesty was unconstitutional and reaffirmed that because Canada is a constitutional monarchy, it is acceptable to be required to verbally ascribe to what the Monarch represents. For those of us who are history geeks (me) and monarchists (also me), the decision is a fascinating read. It discusses our history, our Queen (she is the Queen of Canada) and the special role of the Crown in Canada. It also affirms the importance of the symbolism of the Crown and how it is not necessarily about the person wearing the Crown:
 Although the Queen is a person, in swearing allegiance to the Queen of Canada, the would-be citizen is swearing allegiance to a symbol of our form of government in Canada. This fact is reinforced by the oath’s reference to “the Queen of Canada,” instead of “the Queen.” It is not an oath to a foreign sovereign. Similarly, in today’s context, the reference in the oath to the Queen of Canada’s “heirs and successors” is a reference to the continuity of our form of government extending into the future.
Well said, Court of Appeal! While the trappings of the Crown and the concept of hereditary nobility may well be dated, the concept of the Crown and the freedom it now represents have become distinctly Canadian. While people are entitled to their Republican views and people are free to debate the issue, the Crown is the cornerstone of our constitution and I would hazard to guess that so long as our country remains a constitutional monarchy, Her Majesty and her her delegates will continue to play an important (if symbolic) role.