The deputies of the PQ and QS will take the oath only to the people of Quebec, but…
Even though they have divergent opinions on many issues, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois both refuse to take the oath to the King of England.
The eleven deputies of Québec solidaire (QS) and the three of the Parti québécois (PQ) will take the oath only to the people of Quebec during their respective swearing-in ceremony. However, questions are still pending as to their ability to sit in the Blue Room thereafter.
PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon announced last night on the networks social that the ceremony would take place on Friday even if the elected officials do not want to take the oath to King Charles III. Same thing for Québec solidaire where the director of communications Stéphanie Guévremont affirms that an agreement has been reached with the National Assembly.
But beware, this does not mean that solidarity and PQ deputies will be able to sit in parliament without having taken the oath to King Charles III. The requirement of this oath remains in force. Faced with this impasse, the Parti Québécois was still weighing its options between now and the start of Parliament on November 29. The idea that the three elected present themselves to the National Assembly, take their seats and await the reaction of the presidency is envisaged.
Another hypothesis is to wait for the election of the new president and to start discussions to be able to sit. Another option: a PQ deputy takes the oath, takes his seat, files a motion to avoid a sanction for his colleagues who have not taken the oath. This hypothesis has little chance of success since the other parliamentarians would have to agree to it.
The deputies of Quebec solidaire will not take the oath to the king on Wednesday afternoon in Quebec. On Tuesday evening, their parliamentary leader, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, sent a letter to his colleagues from the Coalition avenir Québec, the Liberal Party and the Parti Québécois inviting them to hold a meeting on this subject, in order to find a transpartisan solution to the ass -de-bag current. He suggested that this meeting take place next week. Like the CAQ, Québec solidaire favors the adoption of a law to eliminate the oath to the monarch. In 2019, the deputy Sol Zanetti – who felt stained forever by his oath to the queen – had moreover tabled a bill to abolish it.
Si the negotiation proposed by QS leads to an impasse, will the deputies in solidarity refuse the oath to the king at the risk of not being able to sit in the National Assembly? We will take it one step at a time, replied the party's communications director.