Why don't we let 15-year-olds vote? We educate them about citizenship from the time they are in elementary school. We wail and moan about ever-decreasing voter turnout. But we don't really look at young people as citizens. We think of them as citizens-in-waiting.
Getting your Canadian citizenship is a huge rite of passage for newcomers to the country. But before you can become a citizen
A group of immigrants applying for Canadian citizenship are going to court and demanding to cede the oath to "her Majesty Queen Elizabeth." There is a simple answer to this non-problem. Don't move here. Don't move to one of the 43 nations with a monarchy either.
If we don't ask more of our citizens when it comes to knowledge of heritage and government we can't expect them to participate meaningfully in either. And the burden of cultivating a vibrant civic culture and a Canadian identity (that tricky, ever-evasive idea of "Canadianness") falls disproportionately to our newest inductees.