Québec solidaire will take an oath to the king and undertakes to introduce a bill to make the pledge optional

MONTREAL — The 11 recently elected deputies of Québec solidaire are no longer refusing to take the oath to King Charles III.

MONTREAL — The 11 recently elected deputies of Québec solidaire are no longer refusing to take the oath to King Charles III.

Spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois says party members will be sworn in so they can enter the Legislative Assembly and quickly table a bill to make the pledge optional.

Quebec solidaire’s U-turn follows a decision earlier this week by the Speaker of the Legislature, who declared the Oath to the King mandatory and authorized the Sergeant-at-Arms to expel members who do not comply. not.

Nadeau-Dubois’ decision isolates the three recently elected deputies of the Parti Québécois, who continue to refuse to take the oath to the King.

Nadeau-Dubois says the Speaker’s decision is disappointing, but the Quebec solidaire spokesperson says that to pass a law making the oath optional, his party must sit in the Legislative Assembly.

Coalition Avenir Québec parliamentary leader Simon Jolin-Barrette said the government was ready to move quickly to make the oath optional.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 3, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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