Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Oh, Canada...

My ten year old asked me to explain the Canadian system of government. I started out pretty confidently. Then I realized I have no clue... They are independent, but they are part of the Commonwealth. They have a queen... And Wikipedia is no help at all!
Both Canada and Australia are federations: therefore, besides the Crown in Right of Canada and the Crown in Right of the Commonwealth of Australia, there are Crowns in Right of each Canadian province and each Australian state. For example, there is the Crown in Right of the Province of British Columbia. The rights which the Crown possesses in right of a Canadian province are exercised by the province's lieutenant-governor (e.g., the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia), not the Governor-General of Canada, and such rights are exercised under the advice of the provincial ministers (not the federal ministers). The situation in Australia is analogous with governors and state ministers instead of the Canadian equivalents.


Anonymous Toronto Real Estate said...

Well I don't know if this will help but this website:


has all the information you need, it is a lot of reading but once you get through it all, you'll understand everything you want to know.

Take care, Elli

April 22, 2009 2:41 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Thanks, Eli. I'll check it out!

April 22, 2009 9:59 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Eli, still confused about the relationship between Canada and the Queen - the site doesn't really explain. Also confused about the Commonwealth.

Did learn about the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod - so that's something...

April 22, 2009 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Toronto Real Estate said...

Well, wikipedia does a pretty good job at explaining it right here:


Read the section Constitutional role, I found it very informative. And a bit of information about the Commonwealth can be found here:


I hope it helped a bit,

take care, Elli

April 23, 2009 2:04 AM  
Blogger lsw said...

Play some RUSH for him. It's all he really needs to know about Canada!

April 24, 2009 7:29 AM  

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