Would Canada have to leave the Commonwealth to have a president?

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If Canada wanted to have a president, would that mean it would have to leave the Commonwealth?

The dude

Posted 2016-11-13T22:32:10.270

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This question is currently rather short. In a comment on the answer you imply that the reason for this belief had something to do with Ireland. You might flesh that out more to build up the question. – Brythan – 2016-11-14T00:37:19.773

Do you mean the Commonwealth of Nations or a Commonwealth Realm? Canada is both, but the latter is stricter: it means they recognize HM Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state (but they could probably still elect a President if they wanted to) – None – 2016-11-16T18:37:37.593

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Nope. India and Pakistan are members of the Commonwealth, and they both have presidents.

Ireland left the Commonwealth when it became a republic before the London Declaration that allowed countries in the Commonwealth to have a different head of state.

user102008

Posted 2016-11-13T22:32:10.270

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but Ireland has a president and no longer a commonwealth country (?) – The dude – 2016-11-13T22:37:50.670

2@Thedude: Yes, Ireland left when it became a republic before the London Declaration that allowed countries in the Commonwealth to have a different head of state. – user102008 – 2016-11-13T23:09:39.230

You could add that comment to the answer, as it is a very important part of it. – SJuan76 – 2016-11-15T09:38:56.657

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In short, no. Zimbabwe has been a republic since independence and remained a member of the commonwealth

Hasski

Posted 2016-11-13T22:32:10.270

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1This doesn't answer the question. Having a president and being a republic are not the same thing. – indigochild – 2017-01-04T19:48:06.553