Oath of Allegiance - IS Constitutional

September 30, 2013

Conservative Member of Parliament for Edmonton East, Peter Goldring, is adamant that the current oath should stay. "I'm weary of a lot of these stories of people who come to a country seeking a fresh start, a fresh life, and then not really wanting to subscribe to the type of society that the country is," Goldring said.  Goldring, as with many other Canadians, feels as though history and traditions should be kept.

The “Oath of Allegiance” is a statement detailed in “The Constitution Act” of Canada. “Article 128” and “The Fifth Schedule” as follows – “I [name] do swear, That I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.” This is a constitutional requirement for all Members of the House of Commons, all Members of the Provincial Legislative Assemblies to reaffirm their direct responsibilities and duties in governing the people of Canada.  It also is a requirement of all new Canadians to acquaint themselves and also to subscribe to these time tested fealties so that there be no misunderstanding where their constitutional loyalties lie. Any variation to the constitutionally detailed oath would necessitate a constitutional change with support by two-thirds of provinces and fifty percent of the population to do so, but, why would we? The Constitution Act, 1982, reaffirmed Canadians desire to maintain constitutional monarchy as our form of Government.

The vow's roots lie in the oath of allegiance taken in the United Kingdom, the modern form of which was implemented in 1689 by King William III and Queen Mary II, and was inherited by, and used in, Canada prior to 1947.

Recently, some new immigrant malcontents expressed that they believe that the pledge to the Queen is discriminatory and violates individuals’ constitutional rights? I believe that they should reconsider becoming Canadian citizens, and return to whence they came.

What do you think?