Victoria’s new mayor decides not to pledge allegiance to the Queen

Think it’s time to re-name some of our Colonial cities? Provinces? etc..

Global News

There’s a different mayor in Victoria, and a different way of taking the oath of office too.

Lisa Helps was inaugurated as the new mayor of Victoria today, but she declined to take an allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.

“I have nothing against the Queen, but I do strongly support our Songhees and Esquimalt nations,” said Helps after the meeting.

“This is their territory, and if there’s anything to emphasize, it’s that.”

Helps swore an oath of allegiance three years ago when she was sworn in as a city councillor, and four of seven councillors did the same this year. Marianne Alto, Ben Isitt and Jeremy Loveday joined Helps in declining to make the pledge, which isn’t mandat.

The change may seem minor. But in a city named for a Queen – and a province named to celebrate her empire – the decision raised some eyebrows.

“I know a lot…

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