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Is Quebec out of line for challenging Canada’s royal succession law?

Pulse of Canada

Geez, thanks a lot, Quebec.

While the rest of the planet is celebrating the birth of the royal baby and enjoying a little positive news for the first time in a while, Quebec has taken a decidedly more dour approach by agreeing to join a constitutional challenge of Canada's new royal succession law.

The law, which was passed by Parliament in March, simply modernized the rules on who can inherit the throne — namely that a first-born girl can become the head of state whether or not they have a baby brother.

Canada was one of 17 Commonwealth countries that fast-tracked the law following a request from Britain.

[ Related: Ottawa says it will defend royal baby law from Quebec challenge ]

Since Prince William and Kate Middleton gave birth to a boy on Monday, the argument is pretty much moot, anyway.

But last month, two Quebec professors filed a constitutional challenge in Quebec Superior Court, saying that the provinces were not adequately consulted on the bill. While the Quebec government didn't step into the fray initially, that changed when Kate went into labour Monday. The province is now expected to file a legal motion to the courts in hopes of once again re-0pening Canada's Constitution.

A spokesman for Justice Minister Peter MacKay said the federal government will defend the law. Debating its legality could cost taxpayers millions if it goes through the various levels of justice up to the Supreme Court of Canada.

So we ask you: Is Quebec out of line for challenging the royal succession law?

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