Succession to the Throne Act

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the coming into force of the Succession to the Throne Act, 2013:

“I am delighted today that Canada is joining the Realms of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines in bringing legislation into force that gives assent to changes to the rules governing the line of succession.

“The changes, which will put an end to the practice of placing male children before their elder sisters in the line of succession and which will remove legal provisions that heirs marrying Roman Catholics would be ineligible to succeed to the Throne, are very much in keeping with the values that Canadians cherish.

“We are pleased to support these measures with a view to ensuring that the Crown remains a vital and modern institution.”