Canada Quebec minister introduces bill making oath to King optional for legislators

00:01  07 december  2022
00:01  07 december  2022 Source:   msn.com

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Quebec's Coalition Avenir Québec government tabled a bill on Tuesday that would make the oath to the monarch optional for members of the provincial legislature.

  Quebec minister introduces bill making oath to King optional for legislators © Provided by The Canadian Press

Jean-François Roberge, the minister responsible for democratic institutions, got a standing ovation from his colleagues as he introduced the bill in Quebec City.

The purpose of the legislation is to abolish the requirement for elected officials to swear an oath to the King before they can take their seats in the legislature.

To do so, the bill adds to the Constitution Act of 1867 a section exempting Quebec from the application of the section that requires the oath, Roberge said.

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Roberge previously said that once the bill is adopted, members will only be required to swear loyalty to the people of Quebec and to the Constitution.

The three Parti Québécois members who were elected in October were barred from taking their seats in the legislature last week after they refused to swear allegiance to King Charles.

All members of provincial legislatures and the federal parliament are required by the Canadian Constitution to swear loyalty to the monarch before taking their seats.

Constitutional scholars are divided over whether Quebec has the power to unilaterally eliminate the oath requirement for its legislature or if changing that element of the Constitution requires the consent of all provinces and both houses of Parliament.

Québec solidaire, whose members swore the oath under protest, had also introduced a bill to eliminate the requirement that members swear loyalty to the monarch.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 6, 2022.

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