Canada’s separatist Quebec party called on Tuesday for the federal government to break ties with the British monarchy, saying the recent handover of the crown to King Charles was an opportunity to do so.
Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet has tabled a parliamentary motion, unlikely to pass, saying loyalty to a foreign sovereign is not only obsolete but also costly.
A vote on the proposal is scheduled for Wednesday.
“The recent changing of the guard in England is an opportunity for Quebecers and Canadians to break free of a crumbling monarchical bond,” Blanchet said in a statement.
Charles, 73, automatically became monarch of the United Kingdom and head of state of 14 other kingdoms, including Canada, when his mother, Queen Elizabeth, died on September 8 at the age of 96.
Cutting ties with the monarchy would require changing the constitution, which would require the support of at least seven provincial legislatures representing more than 50% of the population, in addition to Parliament.
A growing number of Canadians do not want a foreign monarch to represent them, despite deep historical ties to Britain and affection for the queen, but there is little political will for constitutional reform.
Quebec has never formally approved the constitution and its residents have little attachment to Britain, according to surveys.
The United Kingdom colonized Canada beginning in the late 16th century, and the country remained part of the British Empire until 1982. It is now a member of the Commonwealth of former empire countries that have the British monarch as head of state.