Oath to the king: “the National Assembly has the right to decide”, says Trudeau

Oath to the king: “the National Assembly has the right to decide&raquo ;, says Trudeau


“The National Assembly has the right to decide how it wants to organize the swearing-in process,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday, as a debate rages in Quebec over the legitimacy for an MP to overstep the oath to the British Crown.

“I am not an expert on the constitution,” Mr. Trudeau said in a press scrum in Parliament. However, “it must be understood that these oaths are governed by the National Assembly and Parliament”.

“It takes a bill, but for that, it takes deputies who sit and vote on law projects. But I will let those who have been elected to the National Assembly make the decisions on how they will do the process,” he added.

The Prime Minister specified that “here, in the House of Commons, we have no intention of changing the oaths”.

Wednesday, the spokesperson for Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau- Dubois, announced that his caucus colleagues will in turn refuse to take the oath of allegiance to the King of England, as Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon was already planning to do.

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The latter prefer to take an oath to the people of Quebec. Quebec Minister of Justice Simon Jolin-Barrette warned that a simple motion in the National Assembly would not be enough to get rid of this symbolic gesture.

David Lametti, Federal Minister of Justice , preferred not to advance on the possible legal consequences of such an operation, which derogates from the Constitution Act of 1867 and the Act respecting the National Assembly.

“I am what is happening in Quebec. I saw what my counterpart Jolin-Barrette said and Prime [Minister] Legault, so for the moment I have no comments,” said Mr. Lametti.

Was- he happy to take the oath to the British Crown? “It's part of the system,” Lametti said. My mother did it as an immigrant, my father did it as an immigrant when he arrived in Canada. It was a milestone for the rest of us, in the 50s, 60s, when they did it,” he continued.

“For now, as you know, as Attorney General, I don't give my personal opinions because I speak for the government.”