Would-be Canadian citizens fight oath to Queen today as discriminatory

Feds say the oath has been around since Confederation

TORONTO – Three permanent residents are in court in Toronto today arguing they should not be forced to take an oath to the Queen as a condition of citizenship.

They say the requirement is discriminatory and violates their constitutional rights.

The three oppose the oath on religious or conscientious grounds, saying pledging allegiance to Canada should be enough.

They also note that those who are citizens because they were born in Canada don’t need to take any oaths.

For its part, the federal government argues the oath to the Queen has been around since Confederation.

It also says the three are in Canada voluntarily and are free to follow their political or religious dictates as permanent residents —and that not having the benefits of citizenship is a reasonable cost of their personal beliefs.