The Legault government rejects the idea of adopting a simple motion to allow the three elected PQ members to sit without having taken the oath to King Charles III.
Yesterday, PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon made this proposal, until a bill was passed to make the oath to Her Majesty optional.   ;
“One motion is not enough,” pleaded the House Leader of the Government, Simon Jolin-Barrette, on Tuesday.
Laws passed in the National Assembly could be put “at risk”, he argued. “It is provided for in the constitution that one must take an oath of allegiance to the king,” says Simon Jolin-Barrette, while specifying that the Canadian constitution of 1867 can be modified.
However , a simple motion does not have the force of law to modify the constitutional framework, he underlines.
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Mr. Jolin-Barrette tabled a parliamentary reform bill in 2020 that Prime Minister François Legault has already proposed to reactivate. This includes a modification of the oath to the king, which would become optional.
The government had also called for a bill from solidarity deputy Sol Zanetti which provides that only the oath of allegiance to the people of Quebec is now mandatory. But since he had been called at the very end of his mandate, his adoption required unanimity in Quebec. The PLQ opposed it.
Quebec could go ahead during this mandate with the abolition of the oath of allegiance. However, it is not a “priority”, says Mr. Jolin-Barrette, citing in particular the fight against inflation.
Will the PQ sit?
The coup attempted by Paul St-Pierre Plamondon therefore seems to be backfiring. If they refuse to take the oath to the king, the three elected PQ members will likely be denied access to the Blue Room.
According to our information, the elected PQ members are now waiting to find out if they are still invited by the National Assembly for their swearing-in ceremony on Friday.
If the invitation is upheld, the elected PQ members will swear allegiance only to the people of Quebec.
The Secretary General of the National Assembly has already warned that this would not be enough.
In response to the comments of the CAQ, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon made a point of distinguishing between an amendment to the law and “the interpretation that the National Assembly must give to a provision in its internal management”.
“I think he knows very well that a motion would allow a elected who has not taken an oath to the king to enter the chamber, as several constitutional experts have confirmed since yesterday,” he said in writing.
Furthermore , a bill “will be submitted to the Canadian courts and would have every chance of being invalidated, in addition to the long delays that could be caused in the event, for example, of an obstruction by the Liberals”, he argues.
“A motion would only last 15 minutes and would simply change the internal management of the National Assembly, which is sovereign in the matter,” says Mr. St-Pierre Plamond on.
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