Victoria’s mayor refused to pledge allegiance to the Queen, but now she’ll host the Royal Family this weekend.
In 2014, Lisa Helps and four others being sworn into office declined to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen.
She said at the time her focus was to commit to the people of Victoria not Queen Elizabeth.
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Keith Roy with the Monarchist League of Canada says the royal visit could be ironic.
“I think the only irony that will occur if she accepts any of the invitations to meet William and Catherine, which I’m sure she is not rejecting because she would want to be apart of that show, which any other member of government would be.”
Making the pledge isn’t mandatory, but Roy says it should be.
Mayor Lisa Helps says that’s all behind her.
Asked if there was any irony since she declined to pledge allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II and with Victoria hosting the Queen’s grandson and future King?
“I see no irony in it, my oath of office, the day I was sworn into office had absolutely nothing to do with the monarchy. As Mayor of the capital city, I think it would be awful if I didn’t welcome them here with open arms.”
But if re-elected in 2018, would Helps change her mind?
“No, I mean no one else in this region pledges allegiance to the Queen, probably no one else in Metro Vancouver pledges allegiance to the Queen.”
Helps is scheduled to meet with the Royal pair during four events this weekend.