A Toronto man has recanted his Oath of Allegiance to the Queen after becoming a Canadian citizen this morning.
The 49 year old math professor from Israel was one of three permanent residents who challenged the constitutionality of making citizenship conditional on the pledge to the Queen along with her heirs and successors.
Dror Bar-Natan has called the oath “repulsive” and says he hopes his actions pave the way for others who share his view to do the same.
A recent court ruling upheld the requirement stating that the Queen remains Canada’s head of state and the oath was a “symbolic commitment”.
The court also found that all citizens have the right to espouse anti-monarchist views and new Canadians could publicly disavow what they consider to be the message conveyed by the oath.
Bar-Natan swore the oath this morning then informed the citizenship judge of his intent to disavow the portion of the oath pledging allegiance to the Queen.