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Indigenous MPPs refuse to sing God Save the Queen in legislature –

by ahnationtalk on February 25, 202057 Views

Recent rule changes include singing the royal anthem once a month.

QUEEN’S PARK — Kiiwetinoong NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa and two other Indigenous members of the legislature are protesting against the singing of God Save the Queen in the Ontario legislature.

Calling it a celebration of the province’s colonial past, the three New Democrats waited outside the chamber Monday while their colleagues sang the royal anthem.

The Progressive Conservative government recently changed some rules of procedure in the legislature, including having MPPs sing God Save the Queen – in addition to O Canada – on the first Monday of each month.

Mamakwa, and NDP members Guy Bourgouin of Mushkegowuk-James Bay and Suze Morrison of Toronto Centre, say they will only enter the chamber after God Save the Queen is completed.

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