I may be a convinced separatist, but I admit I was a little annoyed when Paul St-Pierre Plamondon announced that he wanted to enter the National Assembly without taking the oath of allegiance to Charles III.< /strong>
Not that I take that oath. On the contrary. But since 1970, many separatists have sworn not to submit to it, before falling into line.
Was it really necessary to lend itself once again to this bravado which turns against it? -same ? Isn't ordinary mortals likely to see it as bad theater, more a matter of separatist folklore than of the demands of current nationalism?
Moreover, the real ideological transgression, today, consists less in challenging the British crown than Canadian ideology. Whoever attacks the government of judges attacks Canada against the true sovereign. Anyone who attacks multiculturalism and mass immigration attacks the real taboos of our time, and not those of the day before yesterday.
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And yet, yet, the PQ leader's initiative has people talking. As expected, it arouses the mockery and exasperation of the commentators who participate in the Canadian radio ideology.
But it also reveals to everyone the presence at the heart of our institutions of a colonial archaism: it is indeed necessary to take an oath to the British crown to honor its democratic mandate.
And who does not the fact not is then held outside the Assembly – even if PSPP intends to prove that one can sit while sparing oneself this ordeal.
Above all, it obliges the other deputies to to unveil. We would like to ask them, if we had them in front of us: you publicly take this oath to Charles III, but do you believe it?
If they tell us that they don't really believe in it, we will follow up with them by asking them: do you often make oaths in front of your compatriots in which you do not believe? When in life should you be believed, and when should you not be believed? Because an oath, whatever one may say, is not nothing. Do you often lie in the line of duty?
And if you don't believe it, why do you still do it? Ah! Because the Canadian regime requires you to? Does Canada force you to do other things you don't believe in?
In other words, PSPP may have -to be put your finger on the bobo, by showing how a ritual which obliges us to take an oath to a foreign sovereign, which we cannot globally escape, is symptomatic of a deeper blockage of Canada, in which François Legault apparently wants confining our destiny.
In Canada, we must submit our laws of identity to the discretion of federal judges. We must let Ottawa decide the general parameters of our national democratic life. And so on.
I don't know if PSPP will succeed. But it might surprise us. If nothing else, he's just reminded us that the upcoming swearing-in ceremony, in his own way, will also be a bitch.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128