No question of sitting without taking an oath to the king, decides the National Assembly
For the moment, the 14 PQ and solidarity deputies are condemned to follow parliamentary proceedings from the top of the space reserved for the public if they do not take an oath to the king.
It is out of the question for the deputies of the Parti québécois (PQ) and Québec solidaire (QS) to sit in the National Assembly without taking the oath to King Charles III, a decided President François Paradis.
In a decision made public on Tuesday, Mr. Paradis said he relied on the wording of the Act respecting the National Assembly which stipulates that one must indeed swear allegiance to the Head of State of Canada, henceforth King Charles III, if one wishes to participate in parliamentary work.
And if the solidarity and PQ elected officials are stubborn and try to sit despite everything, they will be kicked out, he added.
“I hereby direct the Sergeant-at-Arms to see that this decision is carried out. In the event that a person refuses to comply with this prohibition, [they] will be justified in deporting them. »
— Excerpt from the decision of François Paradis, President of the National Assembly.
To support his position, he relies on historical examples, including six of the seven PQ MPs elected in 1970, who initially refused to take the oath and were unable to sit with the others. parliamentarians; instead, they had to follow the work from the top of the space reserved for the public.
A Member who does not take an oath cannot take his place in the Assembly and participate in the work parliamentarians. This is the unanimous opinion of the authors of parliamentary doctrine, writes Mr. Paradis in his decision.
The MP for Matane-Matapédia, Pascal Bérubé, makes the refusal to take the oath to King Charles III a matter of convictions, explains-t- it to Christian Latreille.
Asked on ICI RDI about what he intended to do following this decision by the President of the National Assembly, the PQ member for Matane-Matapédia, Pascal Bérubé, declared that he and his two colleagues weren't going to take the oath to the king no matter what.
“It's finished, the royalty imposed on Quebec parliamentarians. It ends this year. The Parti Québécois will stand up and not give in. »
— Pascal Bérubé, PQ MP for Matane-Matapédia
We were elected by the people of Quebec, we have an oath to the people of Quebec, hammered Mr. Bérubé. […] We have 12 substantiated legal opinions on this issue, the National Assembly has none, the CAQ government has none.
Mr. Bérubé added that he was not going to swear allegiance to a king of England who is also the head of the Anglican Church.
Secularism also means not taking an oath to a religious leader and a Commonwealth leader who constantly reminds us that he rules over us because he conquered us.
With regard to the order given to the Sergeant-at-Arms of the National Assembly to expel the deputies who have not taken the oath to the crown, Pascal Bérubé replied: We'll see…
According to Mr. Bérubé, the Legault government could abolish this obligation to the crown the same day if it decided to do so. It is only a question of will, he pleaded.
In an interview on the show On 15-18, PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon questioned the legitimacy of the outgoing President of the National Assembly, François Paradis, who was not re-elected. He deplored a political order from the CAQ.
For its part, Québec solidaire made no comment on François Paradis' decision. The party wants to study the contents of the seven-page document before reacting publicly.
The day after the elections of October 3, the leader of the PQ, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, threw a stone into the constitutional pond by affirming that his two elected colleagues and himself were not going to take the oath to the king, as required by parliamentary protocol.
According to him, the oath to the British crown condemns each elected representative of the Quebec people to hypocrisy […] to sully the value even of their word within the framework of the first act that they are called upon to take as a representative of the citizens.
The 11 deputies of Quebec solidaire also refused to take the oath to the British Crown calling the practice archaic and humiliating.
When they were sworn in, the 14 MPs were only sworn in at the people of Quebec, thereby defying the Constitution Act of 1867.
They were therefore not authorized to sign the register which officially makes them MPs.