Quebec makes oath to King Charles optional for elected politicians
After three members of the opposition Parti Québécois refused to swear allegiance to King Charles III, Quebec adopted a law abolishing the requirement of allegiance to the monarch on Friday.
The Coalition Avenir Québec government enacted the law making it optional to pledge allegiance to the Commonwealth monarch, adding a section to the Constitution Act of 1867 that exempts Quebec’s elected members from the mandatory oath.
In October, 14 of the province’s elected officials refused the oath initially. 11 then backed down while the other 3 were barred from sitting in the provincial legislature.