Ward 12 Councillor Josh Matlow, who is returning for a third term, made his stance clear after the ceremony.
“My allegiance is to my country, my city and my community,” he told The Star. “If I listen to my head and my heart, I just can’t honestly say I’m doing this for Queen Elizabeth II.”
This isn’t the first time this year that politicians have refused to swear allegiance to the queen. Back in October, ten members elected for the far-left Québec solidaire refused to swear the oath as they made their entry into the provincial legislature.
However, they did swear the obligatory oath behind closed doors.
Québec solidaire’s co-spokesperson, Manon Massé, called the oath “an archaic and, frankly, unpleasant ritual.”
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