The Parti Québécois (PQ) will table a motion in the coming days demanding the reimbursement of the sums paid to the Queen by Quebecers, while asking for the abolition of the post of lieutenant governor, eight years after a first failure. A bill should follow during the parliamentary session.
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Affirming that this is a vestige “resulting from colonialism, too expensive and unnecessary”, the leader of the PQ, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, wants the province to free itself completely from the grip of the British monarchy.
“First, we will table a motion to demand reimbursement from Quebec paid into the monarchy. Then we will demand the abolition of the post of lieutenant governor, ”he explains.
“We are committed to using the millions of dollars received from this reimbursement by paying it into education in Quebec”, assures the head of the PQ.
Unlike November 2012, when the Marois government failed to obtain the necessary support from the Liberal Party and the Coalition Avenir Québec on this issue, Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon is convinced that all parties will stand united this time. -this.
“I think the explanations will be difficult to provide if a political party decides not to go ahead with this project,” he suggests.
If the motion is adopted unanimously as predicted by Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon, the PQ intends to introduce a bill, during the parliamentary session, to abolish the hold of royalty in the province.
“The time has definitely come for the monarchy in Quebec. At some point, you have to look at yourself in the mirror and make choices consistent with the will of the Quebec people, ”he believes.
Obviously, such a process may not be easy. Under the Constitution of Canada, the Senate, House of Commons and Legislative Assembly of each province must approve this change in law.
“We expect to have wind in our face in this matter, that’s for sure, especially with the federal government. We know that there is an important constitutional challenge that awaits us ”, underlines the leader of the PQ.