The new Mayor of Victoria took a symbolic position by forgoing the traditional oath of allegiance to the Queen of Canada during her inauguration ceremony. Mayor Lisa Helps explained that she did this in support of First Nations, and that the City of Victoria, the capital of the province of British Columbia, Canada, is the territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt nations. Although Mayor Helps later apologized if anyone took offence explaining she swore an oath of allegiance to the Queen in 2011 when she was elected to council. As Mayor she wanted to make her oath to the citizens. Three City Councillors also joined Helps in declining to swear an oath to the crown, including Marianne Alto, Ben Isitt and Jeremy Loveday. This move has generated controversy and has monarchists worried that this might just be the beginning. Could this be the start of a new debate on the sovereignty of Canada?
The new Mayor of Toronto included the oath during his Declaration of Office on December 2, 2014:
I will be faithful and bare true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II or the reigning sovereign for the time being
John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
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RESPECT LISA HELPS
Mayor of Victoria
Mayor Helps’ inaugural address to the citizens and council members of Victoria:
Additional research: Victoria’s new mayor decides not to pledge allegiance to the Queen (Global News)