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Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon at a press conference on Oct. 17, 2022, at the Québec City National Assembly. He repeated that he did not want to swear an oath to King Charles. The Canadian Press/Karoline Boucher

There’s no official French version of the 1867 Constitution Act. So is taking the oath to the King in French valid?

No official French version of the Constitution Act of 1867 exists in 2022. This aberration calls into question the validity of taking an oath to the King in French.
Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon leaves a post-election news conference in Boucherville, Que. on Oct. 4, 2022. LA PRESSE CANADIENNE/Graham Hughes

Why Québec politicians must swear an oath to the King — even if they don’t want to

An oath to the King is not an oath to the person who wears the crown. It is an oath to an institution that symbolizes our system of government, a democratic constitutional monarchy.
Members of Operation Dudula sing and chant slogans during their protest outside the Kalafong Hospital in Atteridgeville township, west of Pretoria, restricting undocumented migrants from accessing healthcare. Photo by Phill Magakoe/ Getty Images

5 essential reads on migrant access to healthcare in South Africa

Small, organised groups of South Africans who are stopping undocumented foreigners from using hospitals bring the issue of migrants accessing healthcare into the spotlight.
All adult citizens who have not been convicted of a crime have the right to vote in federal and state elections. Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

‘Independent state legislature doctrine,’ now before Supreme Court, could reverse 200 years of progress in giving more say over elections to the people

A doctrine embraced by some conservatives could be adopted by the US Supreme Court. And if the court does, Americans’ political power will be dramatically limited.

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