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Old 04-15-2007, 08:59 PM   #1
 
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OK,

I got into an argument (more of a discussion that wasn't resolved) with my cousin Tom about Canadian government the other day.

I had learned that Canada gained it's Independence from Britain about 80 or so years ago, so naturally I believed it was a completely autonomous parliamentary democracy. He said that the Queen was the "Head of State."

So it turns out we are both right...

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Canada gained independence from the United Kingdom in an incremental process that began in 1867 and ended in 1982. It remains a Commonwealth Realm with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.
But that still doesn't help me understand it. How could Canada have gained its Independence and the Queen of England still be the "Head of State."

I hope this doesn't constitute a political thread.


EDIT: I posted this because your comment about Queen Victoria day made me think of it again...
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:30 PM   #2
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The Queen as head of state or her representative the Governor General
is mostly a ceremonial title.
There are couple of Monarchists that may think otherwise, but who cares.
Canada is more like the US than Britain anyway.

My opinion is that the Monarchs are like parasites...
but that's just me.

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No political forum necessary here
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No political forum necessary here
I really hope not. One is enough for me.
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Isn't Australia the same way as Canada?? I never understood the whole Queen thing for Canada..
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But that still doesn't help me understand it. How could Canada have gained its Independence and the Queen of England still be the "Head of State."
I don't understand it either
Why on earth would Canada want Elton John as it's head of state?
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Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy. This means Canadians recognize The Queen as our Head of State. Canada's Governor General carries out Her Majesty's duties in Canada on a daily basis and is Canada's de facto Head of State.
Like many other democracies, Canada has clearly defined the difference between the Head of State and Head of Government.
The Governor General
  • represents The Queen who is the Head of State
  • is appointed by The Queen on the advice of Canada’s Prime Minister
The Prime Minister
  • is the Head of Government
  • is the leader of the party with the most support in Parliament
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