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Swearing-in of Members of the House of Commons

Before a duly elected Member may take his or her seat and vote in the House of Commons, the Member must take an oath or make a solemn affirmation of allegiance or loyalty to the Sovereign and sign the Test Roll (a book in which pages are headed by the text of the oath or affirmation).

When a Member swears or solemnly affirms allegiance to the Queen as Sovereign of Canada, he or she is also swearing or solemnly affirming allegiance to the institutions the Queen represents, including the concept of democracy and the democratic institution of Parliament. The obligation for Members to take the oath is found in the Constitution Act, 1867.

Swearing-in ceremony

Taking the Oath or the Affirmation

I (Member’s name), do swear, that I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.
I (Member’s name) do solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.
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