PQ won’t attend ceremony for Quebec’s new Lieutenant Governor

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is sworn in by then Lt. Governor Pierre Duchesne during a ceremony Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

MONTREAL – Quebec’s new Lieutenant Governor is being sworn in Thursday, but the Parti Québécois has already served notice that it will not be attending the event.

Lawyer and historian Michel Doyon was appointed Lieutenant Governor by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in July.

He will be Quebec’s 29th Lieutenant Governor.

The PQ said the position is out-of-date and out-of-touch with modern Quebec.

“The National Assembly is actually on the record back in 1988 saying that Lieutenant Governor should be designated by the National Assembly, which of course he is not,” said Jean-François Lisée, Rosemont MNA.

“The least we can do is to politely decline the invitation to celebrate an archaism that is basically an undemocratic institution.”

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Doyon succeeds Pierre Duchesne, who served as the Queen’s viceroy since 2007.

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