The Canadian government has failed in its latest attempt to block a legal challenge to the oath of allegiance to the Windsors. The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a class action lawsuit that claims that the oath violates the Canadian Charter of Rights may proceed.
At present applicants for Canadian citizenship are required to swear the oath to Elizabeth Windsor who is the hereditary head of state Canada. According to the Canadian National Post the government has pulled out all the stops to protect this feudal requirement. The newspaper says that "In the past year, government lawyers have tried and failed in lower courts to have the case judged frivolous, doomed or already decided. They have argued that removing the oath would require a wholesale constitutional change, on par with abolishing constitutional monarchy."