Quebecers don't want to know anything about Charles III

Quebecers don't want to know anything about Charles III


Already skeptical of the monarchy under the reign of Elizabeth II, only 1% of Quebecers believe that their new king will do better.

«&nbsp ;Unless he proves otherwise, Charles III is not in the same league as his mother. He doesn't have the stuff,” notes Christian Bourque, vice-president of the Léger firm.

The company's most recent survey is unequivocal: a majority of Quebecers questioned expect that the Queen's eldest son is 'less good' than her.

“We can deduce that Elizabeth has proven to be a good sovereign for them and that Charles has a hill to climb to equal her,” adds Marc Chevrier, professor of political science at the University of Quebec. in Montreal, after consulting the results of the survey.

It must be said that, even in English Canada, the new 73-year-old monarch has never aroused passions.

When Charles, then a prince, visited the country in 2009 accompanied by his wife Camilla, a measly 2% of Canadians believed they would make “strong” monarchs, according to a Léger poll at the time. p>

His extramarital affair with Camilla and his stormy divorce from Lady Di shortly before his death are certainly not unrelated to this, evokes Mr. Bourque.

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The survey nevertheless reveals that 15% of respondents remain attached to the monarchy, a percentage that rises to 19% among women. It was 6% last year, regardless of gender.

“Maybe people had a little twinge in their hearts. In general, we reject the institution, but the person, we liked it, says pollster Christian Bourque.

As proof, two out of three Quebecers agreed that the government puts its flags at half mast to mark the death of Elizabeth II.

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However, despite this respect for the sovereign, a majority of French speakers&nbsp ;(83 %) and Anglophones (54 %) believe that the monarchy is “useless”.

Mr. Bourque sees this as a signal that some Commonwealth countries, including ours, could take the opportunity to question their adherence to the British Crown, once the national mourning is over.

The controversies of recent years surrounding the Queen's representatives in Canada, in the person of the Governor General, have not helped the picture; think of the exaggerated expenses of Lise Thibault, the toxic work climate in Julie Payette's office, or the unilingualism of Mary Simon.

— With Louis Deschênes

2009 Survey

Regarding the monarchy and its relationship with Canada, which statement best reflects your opinion?< /strong>

  • Having the Queen as Head of State is a great tradition and should continue to be part of Canadian culture: 11%
  • < li dir="auto">The monarchy has no reason to be in the Canadian government and this country should sever its ceremonial ties with the Queen: 78%

2021 Poll

Do you want to abolish or maintain the monarchy in canada?

  • Abolish: 74%
  • Maintain: 12 %
  • Don't know: 14%

Are you attached to the monarchy?

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  • No: 88%
  • Yes: 6%
  • Don't know: 6%
  • Survey 2022

    1) Would you say that you are personally attached or not to the British monarchy?

    • No: 81%
    • Yes: 15%
    • Don't know: 5%

    2) Do you believe that Charles III will to be a better king, as good a king or a less good king than Queen Elizabeth II?

    • Better: 1%
    • Worse: 53%
    • As good: 18%
    • Don't know: 28%

    3) Do you think the British monarchy takes up just enough space, too much space or not enough space in the Canadian institutions?

    • Not enough room: 2%
    • Just enough room: 33%
    • Too much room: 57%
    • Don't know: 8%

    4) In your opinion, is the monarchy in Canada useful or useless?

    • Helpful: 13%
    • Useless: 77%
    • Don't know: 10%

    < strong>5) Which of the following statements best represents what you personally think about the place of the monarchy in Canada?

    • The British monarchy does part of our history, we must preserve this heritage: 26%
    • The monarchy is something outdated that no longer has its place in the 21st century, we must get rid of that: 66 %
    • Don't know: 8%

    6) Do you agree or disagree with the decision of the Quebec government to put the flags Quebec at half mast?

    • Agree: 65%
    • Disagree: 21%
    • Don't know: 14%

    Methodology: A web survey was conducted yesterday by Léger among 505 Quebecers who could express in French or in English. The maximum margin of error for such a sample is plus or minus 4.4%, 19 times out of 20.

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