Empty Words: Future Canadian Renounces Oath of Alliegence to Queen

An Israeli professor plans to begrudgingly pay lip-service to British monarchy just long enough to officially become a Canadian citizen.

Dror Bar-Natan told CBC News he’s formally recanting a portion of the mandatory oath of allegiance regarding the Royal Family seconds after proclaiming it.

“To become a Canadian citizen, I am made to utter phrases which are silly and ridiculous and offensive," said Bar-Natan, who compared the specific portion of the oath to a hazing ritual in an interview.

Everyone 14 and older must recite the pledge in exchange for Canadian citizenship. But Bar-Natan resents its inclusion of a promise to be “faithful and bear true allegiance to Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors." Bar-Natan, a permanent Canadian resident for the last 13 years, and two others took their case to court but were unsuccessful in .

The queen acts as Canada’s head of state and the oath represents Canada’s symbolic commitment to democratic constitutional monarchy, according to the Supreme Court of Ontario ruling. The professor won’t appeal the ruling because a legal loophole works in his favor. Formally recanting the oath enables Bar-Natan to satisfy federal law mandates while distancing himself from English royalty.

"I am going to tell the citizenship judge, 'I hereby completely disavow it,’” he said, adding he’ll hand out a formal letter of his recanting to the judge who accepts his citizenship. The future Canadian said he agrees with everything about the oath, save its reverence for British royalty. "The rest of the oath talks about being a good citizen of Canada — that's relevant — but why put that in the context of the Queen?” he said.