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The deputies adopt unanimously a motion against the position of lieutenant-governor

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The member for Îles-de-la-Madeleine affirms that it is not a vote against the qualities of the person who occupies the position, but against the functions which are linked to this position. (Archive photo)

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The hundred deputies present in chamber on Friday unanimously adopted, without debate, a motion to abolish the position of lieutenant governor of Quebec.

This motion comes barely a day after the appointment of Manon Jeannotte, originally from the Mi'gmaq Nation of Gespeg, to this position.

In the motion presented by the member for Jean-Lesage, Sol Zanetti, we can read that' with all respect for the person who occupies this position, the National Assembly notes that the function of lieutenant governor does not have democratic legitimacy.

According to the text of the motion, this position recalls a colonial period in the history of Quebec which no longer has any anchor in modern Quebec.

The PQ MP for Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Joël Arseneau, emphasizes that this is not a vote against the qualities of the person who occupies the position, but against the functions which are linked to this position which he considers to be anachronistic and undemocratic.

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I think that Ms. Jeannotte undoubtedly has all the qualities required to have important positions, but for reasons of participatory democracy and autonomy of the x27;State of Quebec, this position no longer has its reason for existing.

A quote from Joël Arseneau, MP for Îles-de-la-Madeleine

He emphasizes that the oath to the king was made optional in the same spirit by the deputies of the National Assembly last year.

In a self-respecting democracy, it is the power of the people and the citizens that must predominate and not the signature of a government. a lieutenant governor in the name of the king, he explains.

The signature of the lieutenant governor is required in particular for the calling of elections and the sanction of a law.

Manon Jeannotte declared to Radio-Canada that unfortunately she could not comment on this event.

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