(Health & Fitness Journal) – The speaker of Quebec’s National Assembly ruled on Tuesday that all elected members must swear an oath to Britain’s King Charles, and not just the people of Quebec, to carry out their duties in the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province.
“Under current law, this oath is not optional,” spokesman Francois Paradis wrote in his ruling, adding that a member who does not take the oath cannot take his seat in the assembly.
Charles, 73, automatically became King of the United Kingdom and head of state of 14 other kingdoms, including Canada, when his mother, Queen Elizabeth, died on September 8.
Shortly after an Oct. 3 election, Parti Quebecois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon declared that he and the other two elected members of his party would not take an oath to the king, CBC News reported, after which 11 elected members of Quebec Solidaire followed the same. Both parties support Quebec’s independence from Canada.
Quebec Solidaire co-spokesman Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois described the oath to the king as “colonial, archaic and antiquated,” CBC said.
The separatist Bloc Quebecois party also last month called on the federal government to sever ties with the British monarchy, saying the recent transfer of the crown to King Charles was an opportunity to do so.
Britain colonized Canada from the late 15th century, and the country remained part of the British Empire until 1982. Now it is a member of the Commonwealth, made up mostly of former Empire countries that have or had the British monarch as head of state.