Quebec’s premier, François Legault, said his government will introduce legislation next week to end the required oath of elected officials to Britain’s King Charles, as pressure mounts on the Canadian province to cut such ties with the monarchy.
The ruling Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ)’s latest law will allow elected officials to only administer the oath to the public, following a separate bill introduced Thursday by the left-leaning Quebec Solidaire party. of Quebec,
“It is, I think, a relic from the past,” Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesman for Quebec Solidaire, said of the oath to King Charles.
“I think there is strong support in Quebec for modernizing our institutions to ensure that in 2022 the people’s representatives are not forced to swear an oath to a foreign king.”
It comes after Queen Elizabeth’s death in September reignited debate among Canadians over Should the country continue with the decades-old system of the British monarchy?,
Canada is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, made up mostly of former British Empire countries that have or have had a British monarch as their head of state.
Yet in recent opinion polls, Canadians express minimal attachment to the British monarchy, especially in mostly French-speaking Quebec, said Jack Zwab, president of the Association for Canadian Studies.
A September 13 Léger poll of North American attitudes toward the British monarchy showed that 87% of Quebecers said they had no personal attachment, roughly equal to Americans and compared to 71% in British Columbia and 73% in Ontario.
Charles, 73, automatically became king of the United Kingdom and head of state of 14 other countries, including Canada, when his mother, Queen Elizabeth, died on September 8.
While there had previously been calls for change in the province, the Queen’s death, along with pressure from the Quebec solidaire and the Parti Québécois (PQ), two political parties that supported Quebec’s independence from Canada, outlined opposition to the oath. Of.
On Thursday, three elected members of the PQ, who have not taken the oath, tried unsuccessfully to enter the legislature.