Court backs Queen oath
TORONTO—Forcing would-be Canadians to take an oath to the Queen as a condition of citizenship has been ruled constitutional.
An Ontario Superior Court justice dismissed an application by three permanent residents, who argued the requirement violated their rights.
But he also ruled the provision could be justified as a reasonable limit in a free and democratic society.
The three applicants in the case oppose the oath on religious or conscientious grounds, saying pledging allegiance to Canada should be enough.