Citizens for a Canadian Republic, a non-partisan, not-for-profit Canadian corporation, believes it is time for Canada to become a parliamentary republic with a resident, democratically selected Canadian as head of state, instead of a non-resident, hereditary monarch.
We believe this goal can be achieved without compromising our heritage, parliamentary traditions or our membership in the Commonwealth, where most nations are already republics.
Presently, Canada is a constitutional monarchy. It shares its unelected, hereditary head of state, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, with that country and fourteen other former British colonies. In Canada, the Governor General is the representative of the Queen and acts in her name on the advice of Parliament. Therefore, in practice, the Queen is Canada's 'official' head of state, while the Governor General is our 'acting' head of state.
The Prime Minister is the head of government.
By definition, a republic is a government without a monarch as head of state.
What'cha think... time to get rid of the monarcy