Monarchy of canada

A constitutional monarchy is a form of government where the monarch acts as the head of state, and has to act within the boundaries of the constitution. Canada is part of the British Commonwealth, which automatically classifies us as a constitutional monarchy. The benefit of this system is that the monarch will always govern its state and people in a way that is civil and fair. The Queen of England is the head of Canada’s constitutional monarchy, but her powers are limited as she has to operate within the boundaries of the constitution which she agreed to 1982.

Under the crown, Canada developed its two colonies, the French and British, which introduced the two dominant languages we use today, English and French. The history that Canada has with the British is the closest tie that Canada has had with any nation. For example the Brits and the Canadians were allies in both world wars, and have never had any violent disputes. Also, the Queen approved the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which made Canada the only commonwealth county to instate one. To separate from the British would be insulting the history that ties the two nations together.

Many argue that Canada should no longer be a constitutional monarchy. Some points raised are that it costs too much, and the Queen is nothing more than a figurehead who visits Canada once in a blue moon. Granted, when the Queen was younger, she had a much larger aura of authority, as the countries she governed had not yet matured. However, as these nations became more independent, the Queen’s influence of authority receded. If Canada separates from the British, they would have to implement a system which would most likely cost as much as a constitutional monarchy.

To host a constitutional monarchy, it costs each Canadian a dollar and fifty cents. Therefore, claims that our constitutional monarchy costs our nation an exorbitant amount are inherently flawed. The monarchy is a symbolic reminder of how Canada started. The British system is the basis of our government, military, legal system and many of our traditions. Canada’s entire legal system is based on Britain’s common law. To separate from the British would be insulting the history and heritage that makes up Canada today.

It would be throwing away everything Canada has worked towards building over the past 100 years. The Queen is living proof of Canada’s independency, and is the sole reason that Canada is the free and democratic nation it is today. In 1986 Canada drew up a constitution, to which the Queen approved of. By abiding to the laws of the constitution, this shows that the Queen is not trying to gain full control over Canada, and is letting it grow as a strong independent nation. However, before the constitution came into effect, a different act was proposed.

This act is known as the British North America Act. The origional British North America Act of 1867 gave us the constitutional recognition of a land to be protected by the British Army. The Act was drawn up by Canadians at the Quebec conference, and was passed in 1867 without the amendment of the British parliament. It establishes a British Parliamentary system, with a House of Commons and Senate, with division of powers between the federal and provincial government. The BNA was both Canada’s greatest strength, and greatest struggle.

For example, it maintained a peaceful and well governed state while changing powerful governments to distribute the power to meet the needs of its people. So, as a result education was a large issue because it was made a provincial responsibility instead of federal. Gradually, the provinces agreed to change the BNA in order to filter out the complications, and as a result, the constitution was born. In a nutshell, Canada’s constitutional monarchy links us with our past, our heritage, our way of living, and our future.

It celebrates the British ways, which gave us stability, freedom of speech, and democracy. To break this tie would be an insult to Canada’s history, and would create unwanted tension between the Brits and Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau once said “I wouldn’t lift a finger to get rid of the monarchy. I think the monarchy, by and large, has done more good than harm to Canada. ” Prime Minister Trudeau was correct in making this statement. The very foundation to which we live on today was born because of the monarchy, and it will prove to be a very effective form of government.

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