Quebec Pol Slams Visit From Royal 'Parasites'

Prince William, Kate Middleton not warmly received by Amir Khadir
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2011 10:30 AM CDT
Updated Jun 1, 2011 10:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Suffice it to say Quebec legislator Amir Khadir is not happy about the upcoming royal visit. Khadir, leader of a small left-wing party, said yesterday that taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for Prince William’s planned summer visit with his new wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. Khadir, a self-described separatist, compared the British royal family to "parasites" in a tabloid interview, the AP reports, and the Quebec government has since demanded an apology.

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Khadir isn’t backing down from his original remarks: "If this is a tourist attraction I would at least like it if the principals involved, the prince and the princess, knew it—knew that we're bringing them here a little bit like we do with circus tours," he said yesterday. Click for more on Will and Kate's US-Canada itinerary. (Read more Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stories.)

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