Judge John Hodgman Episode 55: Battle Royale


Rachel and Leeman are American citizens who moved to Canada for school and work. Having lived in Toronto for some time now, the couple have planted their roots in Canadian soil and plan to make the city their home for the foreseeable future. They've already become permanent Canadian residents, and enjoy the primary benefits of being Canadian (universal health care, foremost). Rachel believes they should go all the way and become citizens so that they may vote, run for office, and fully commit to life in the Great White North. Leeman takes issue with the Canadian Oath of Citizenship, however, particularly the idea of pledging allegiance to the British monarchy.

Should they stand on guard for thee united as a family, or is Leeman correct in rebelling against the crown? In this royal rumble, only one man can decide!



Filed by Leeman -- It is this particular section of the Canadian Oath of Citizenship with which he takes umbrage:

"I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen."

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Related - Court upholds constitutionality of citizenship oath

Oath to the Queen upheld by Ontario Court of Appeal

Ontario's top court has dismissed a constitutional challenge to the oath of citizenship launched by three permanent residents who refuse to swear allegiance to the Queen.

The Canadian Compromise

There is an another solution that the judge overlooked, and that is for Leeman to take his oath of Canadian Citizenship in French. When Canada became a country, we had two very distinct founding peoples (not counting the First Nations, who seem to get perpetually screwed over...) - the British and the French. Our capital was put on the English/French Canadian border as a compromise, and the oath of citizenship is slightly different in the two official languages. Of particular importance to this case, the French oath of Canadian citizenship does not include a pledge of allegiance to the Monarch, and it is the choice of the prospective citizen which oath they want to take. If the only thing standing in the way of his obtaining citizenship is the Monarchy issue, then he should just take it in French.

PS, God save the Queen!

The French Oath

Still requires the monarchy. Sorry!

Je jure fidélité et sincère allégeance à Sa Majesté la Reine Elizabeth Deux, Reine du Canada, à ses héritiers et successeurs et je jure d’observer fidèlement les lois du Canada et de remplir loyalement mes obligations de citoyen canadien.

(Off the CIC website)

This is the

sound of a gavel,


That was excellent!!!

Leeman a real person?

Leeman sounded suspiciously like actor slash voice artist slash Twitter celebrity, James Urbaniak.

He is a real person. You can

He is a real person. You can see his Lovecraft impersonation on Youtube by searching for Ask Lovecraft.

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Good episode

It's good that you broke away from always siding with the wife. Indeed!!