Royal newlyweds called 'parasites'
By KEVIN DOUGHERTY, The Gazette June 1, 2011
While calling them "parasites" - because taxpayers are picking up the tab for their Canadian visit - Québec solidaire MNA Amir Khadir says if Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, paid their own way, he would gladly show them around his Plateau Mont Royal neighbourhood.
Like all elected members of the Quebec assembly, Khadir took an oath to Queen Elizabeth II, Canada's head of state.
"The taxpayers should not pay for that," he told reporters, alluding to the impending visit in July of the newlyweds, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. "Do you want your taxes used for a royal couple?"
But since the couple are not paying their way, Khadir said he would participate in a demonstration planned for July 3 in Quebec City if he is in the provincial capital that day.
"I would like the prince and princess (sic) to know that they have been brought here as a circus act," Khadir added.
Khadir said he cannot accept such privilege or birthright "from ancient times."
"We don't need a monarchy," he said. "Every man and woman is equal."
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FWIW, Khadir is the only legislative member for the fledgling Québec solidaire, but he is Quebec's most popular provincial politician, and publicly supports the NDP (which doesn't have a Quebec provincial party affiliate).