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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

How did Canada claim its Independence?

i don`t think Canada went into war like America did

but anyway how did Canada claim its Independence from England? and when did that happen?

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Au contraire, Phil, Canada is a sovereign nation, completely independent of Great Britain. Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Canada, but her status in that capacity is entirely separate from her status as Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    Canada became independent by virtue of the Statute of Westminster, 1931, in which the British Parliament gave up the right to legislate for the Dominions (including Canada) without the Dominion's consent. In 1949, the right of appeal to the Privy Council in London was abolished, and the Supreme Court of Canada became the court of last resort with respect to judicial proceedings in Canada.

    In 1982, the Canadian Constitution (formerly known as the British North America Act) was repatriated, meaning that Canada acquired the right to amend it without the consent of the British Parliament. Note that pursuant to the Statute of Westminister, 1931, the British Parliament could not unilaterally amend it without Canada's consent, but its action was still required until 1982, because the manner in which Canada would amend it had not been decided upon. Even today, there is a controversy over the role and influence that Quebec should have that process.

  • 9 years ago

    We didn't really claim it. It was more like growing up and given more and more responsibilities and finally leaving the house.

    Canadian Confederation happened on July 1st, 1867, however, this was not a declaration of independence as Canada was part of the British Empire. The Statute of Westminster in 1931 set the country as an independent realm with allegiance to the Crown as the 'Dominion of Canada' and as an equal to the mainland. It finally severed all political ties with Britain in the Canada Act of 1982, however the head of state remains the Queen of England.

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