(Ottawa) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said elected members of the National Assembly in Quebec are free to pass a bill aimed at removing the obligation to swear an oath to King Charles III, if they wish.
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“You have to understand that these standards are administered by the Assembly and the Parliament itself. The National Assembly has the right to decide how they want to conduct their swearing-in process,” he said before heading to his caucus meeting on Wednesday.
“It needs a bill, but for that, it takes deputies who sit and vote on bills, but I’m going to let the people elected to the National Assembly take it. [leurs] decisions,” said the Prime Minister.
Asked to clarify whether he believed Quebec had the power to change the Constitution Act of 1867 by passing a bill to abrogate the oath of the British monarchy, Mr. Trudeau didn’t answer clearly.
He also signaled that his team had no intention of making any changes to the standards that members of the House of Commons must follow.
In Conservative ranks, MPs questioned in a press scrum on Wednesday morning were reluctant to come forward. “I keep my thoughts to myself,” said Gerard Deltel, recalling his previous election to the National Assembly.
Conservative Quebec Lt. Pierre Paul-Haus said his political party is not keen on the idea of changing federal standards.
“For the Conservative Party, we are not in a position to shuffle the cards there. For now, the status quo satisfies us,” he summed up.
The debate recently resurfaced in Quebec’s National Assembly, with the Parti Québécois and Quebec Solidaire refusing to pledge allegiance to King Charles III to complete their oath.
Quebec Solidaire representative and re-elected MP for Gouin, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, sent a letter on Tuesday to the leaders of other parties represented in the National Assembly, calling for a meeting as soon as possible and “the end of the street”.
Only a “transparent meeting” will “get out of the cul-de-sac,” he insisted in an interview with The Canadian Press.
With Michelle Saba and Jocelyn Richer, The Canadian Press