Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, marking the passage of the Succession to the Throne Act, 2013

OTTAWA, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages today issued the following statement following the passage of the Succession to the Throne Act, 2013 in the House of Commons:

"I am pleased to announce that the House has adopted this important legislation, which will provide Canada's assent to changes that will enshrine gender equality and freedom to marry an individual of any faith in the laws governing the Royal line of succession."

"Our Government remains committed to initiatives that ensure that the Canadian Crown remains a vital and modern institution that reflects Canadian ideals."

At the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia, the 16 Realms of which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State agreed to work together on a coordinated approach to amend the rules governing the line of succession to the Throne.

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

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