Harper government unveils its 'Royal baby' succession bill

Will and Kate during their 2011 visit to Canada
If 'Will and Kate' have a baby girl later this year, she will be in line to become Canada's Queen.

In 2011, the U.K. and its commonwealth brethren all agreed to change the sexist rule that allowed younger male heirs to over-take their elder female sisters in the order of their right to the throne.

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Other countries — Australia and the U.K — have already introduced new succession legislation; on Thursday it was Canada's turn.

"Today in the House of Commons we are tabling legislation that will provide Canada's ascent to changes that will enshrine gender equality and the freedom to marry an individual of another another faith into the laws that govern the royal line of succession," Heritage Minister James Moore told reporters in the House lobby.

"What this means is if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first child is a girl she will be heir to the throne and she will be able to marry someone of any faith," he said.

"The legislation will ensure that the Crown remains an institution that can evolve to reflect 21st century values."

Moore added that the changes will not require any constitutional amendments — as some have suggested — "since the laws governing succession are U.K. laws and not part of Canada's constitution."

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Robert Finch, Chairman of The Monarchist League of Canada is thrilled by the news.

"We believe the new succession rules are good for the monarchy and consistent with Canadian values," he told Yahoo! Canada News in an email exchange adding that it helps the 'monarchist' cause in this country.

"I don't know if it's going to necessarily make someone suddenly convert to a monarchist, but I do believe in the power of perception. And, this does change perception by making the monarchy more inclusive and modern. The changes are good for the monarchy and consistent with Canadian values.

"This bodes well."

The new legislation can be found here.

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