A newly elected body of representatives in the province QuebecNo CanadaThis Wednesday, the 19th, he refused to swear allegiance to Ray Charles III, is considered by the constitution to be the monarch of the country. In all, 11 representatives from the left-wing Quebec Solidarity party have refused to take the oath of office and are at risk of losing their seats in Quebec’s National Assembly at the end of November.
In a televised speech, MPs swore an oath to “the people of Quebec”. Party spokesman Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois assured them that they had acted “with full knowledge of reason” in making the speech. “We campaigned to change times in Quebec, and if we were sent to parliament, it was to open a door,” he added.
According to the Canadian Constitution, any deputy at the federal or provincial level must swear an oath of allegiance to the British Monarchy in order to exercise his mandate, as Canada is the institutional monarchy of the Commonwealth of Nations.
However, in Quebec, a province often linked to France, the pledge of loyalty to the British crown has always been a source of conflict. The province held two referendums in 1980 and 1995 to secede from the rest of Canada. In both cases, the majority voted against independence.
Paul St-Pierre Plamonton, head of Quebec Solidarity, declared last week that the relationship with the British monarchy is “about a conflict of interest” because “you cannot serve two masters”. And, according to him, the monarchy costs “67 million Canadian dollars every year” and the oath is “a reminder of colonial rule”.
Prime Minister of Canada Justin TrudeauAbolishing the monarchy would require a rewrite of the constitution and the unanimous approval of parliament and ten Canadian provincial governments, which could take years. /AFP
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