(Quebec) The official opposition Parti Québécois will boycott the swearing-in ceremony of the new Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, J. Michel Doyon. The PQ leader Pierre Karl Péladeau and his deputies have better things to do that day, they say.
The Parti Québécois whip, Harold Lebel, confirmed to the Sun than the parliamentary wing of the official opposition will shine by its absence Thursday to Salon Rouge of the National Assembly. For its part, the press officer of M.Péladeau told it will be the same for the latter.
“It is logical with what we think and what we say,” just justifies the member for Rimouski, Harold Lebel.
This is not the person of J. Michel Doyon, a lawyer of the capital, which is referred. But the position he held, Queen Elizabeth II’s representative to that in Quebec, says one.
The attitude of the sovereigntist training not surprise anyone. If the absence of representatives at the ceremony does not fit into an established tradition, it nevertheless follows a flood of criticisms and denunciations all directions revived in recent years.
In 2012, just elected, the government of Pauline Marois had claimed, through a motion, the abolition of the lieutenant governor. It had been presented by the member Alexandre Cloutier, who was responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and Governance sovereignty.
The motion was clear: “That the National Assembly reiterate that the lieutenant governor function is essentially symbolic and inherited from the colonial past of Quebec and Canada; […] That the National Assembly reaffirms its custodian of the democratic expression of the people of Quebec; it asks that the lieutenant governor function is abolished in Quebec. “And, by then, added the text, the National Assembly appoints itself the holder of that office.
Liberals and caquistes refused to discuss the issue. The PQ government was offended, but he was obviously surprised. He wanted to mark the occasion, launching salvos politiques- what he had managed to do.
After being ignored for the most part, the training sovereignty placed the lieutenant governor in his sights in June 2010. While in opposition, the deputy Pascal Bérubé filed a petition demanding its abolition.
A few months earlier, his colleague Agnès Maltais had introduced a motion in which it proposed that the National Assembly “opposes the adoption of any appropriation related to the function”. She wanted to cut funding him.
The budget allocated by the Quebec government to the Lieutenant Governor’s office is $ 750,000 for the current year. It has been reduced in recent years.
J. Michel Doyon was appointed lieutenant governor in July by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He replaces Pierre Duchesne, who performs that function since June 7, 2007.
That day, the interim leader of the Parti Quebecois, François Gendron, was among those present at Mr. Duchesne inauguration.