Queen Elizabeth still commands wide support and respect among Canadians. In an April survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, a nonprofit public opinion agency, 62 percent of respondents expressed a favorable view of the queen.
The following month, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, made a three-day whirlwind royal tour across the vastness of Canada to mark his mother’s reign.
Yet there is growing national ambivalence in Canada over the monarchy as a whole.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents in the April poll said they opposed the idea of Charles succeeding his mother as Canada’s king. As has been the case in Canada since the end of his marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, crowds at the few open public events that Charles attended last month were comparatively small.
For many in Canada’s increasingly multicultural and diverse population, the monarchy either represents historical oppression or is bafflingly irrelevant.
“There may well be a point at which Canadians say, ‘Huh, who’s this dude on my money?’” said Shachi Kurl, the president of Angus Reid.