As Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and son Archie make themselves at home in Victoria, one vocal anti-tax group is calling on the federal government to ensure taxpayers’ money isn’t spent on supporting them.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation launched a petition last week, garnering 80,000 signatures as of 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
“Canadians wish the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, all the best as they seek financial independence,” the petition reads.
“That goal is important because Canadian taxpayers shouldn’t have to cover the couple’s bills.”
Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday that the family would be giving up public funding as they attempt to build a more peaceful life. The Trudeau government has so far refused to comment on whether it will fund their security costs while they’re in Canada.
A recent Angus Reid poll highlighted lukewarm feelings about the couple’s decision to spend most of their time in Canada while keeping a home in England near Windsor Castle.
According to the poll results, 50 per cent of those surveyed said they don’t care, while 39 per cent said they are pleased or very pleased.
Seventy-three per cent of respondents were united on one thing: They don’t want their taxes to go to security or other costs associated with the royal couple.
Video from Sky News, a U.K. outlet, shows Harry landing at the airport in Victoria late Monday. The family is reportedly staying at at mansion on Vancouver Island.
– with files from The Canadian Press