Does the the British monarchy rule Canada or is it a sovereign nation?
I've read conflicting reports about whether Canada is an independent and autonomous nation or if it is under control of Her Majesty's paliamentary governance. It would seem the Queen still reigns as she is recognized as Head of State (Supreme ruler) with the Governor General of Canada being her appointee and official representative. The Prime Minister's role seems to have less importance than what we're led to believe. For now I'm open to debate but please comment with factual information and not just hearsay.
- 5 years agoFavorite Answer
Sadly, many Canadians have been brainwashed into thinking they are sovereign and independent from British rule. They falsely believe they have control over their government's actions, and thus, their own lives. In reality, the only time they can exercise their democratic right is every few years at election time. Other than that, it's generally the Queen's Privy Council, or lobbyists for major corporations, or the radical activist minority who have any say in government policy.
In reality, it doesn't matter which political party is voted into power because they all march to the same drummer. U.S. politics operates in much the same manner and a video depicting this deception is noted below.
Though it may be transparent to the average citizen, legally and constitutionally the Queen has far-reaching authority and personal involvement in politics. She holds all powers of state in the Commonwealth nations and is head of the Church of England. That's why you see the Queen's portrait prominently displayed on the walls of every public office in Canada and not the Prime Minister's. Her image imprinted on the nation's money is more than symbolism. It reflects the nation's committment to the processes of the British feudal monetary system.
Riddle me this: If the land that you purchase is self-governing and politically unrestrained, why are you forced to pay annual taxes to the "Crown"? (i.e. reigning monarch of the British Empire) You'll soon find out who really owns your property if you miss paying your "dues".
If the Queen lacks any real power, why are all our naval ships named HMCS? Why does the Prime Minister of Canada sit in a nondescript chair while the Governor General (Queen's representative) gives a speech from her lofty, ornate throne? Why does the PM require the consent of the Governor General to suspend parliament? Why does the Governor General answer only to the Queen? Why is the PM only allowed to speak in the House of 'commons' and not the House of 'Lords'? Think this is all for show? Think again.
When a RCMP writes you a ticket, they are utilizing the power of the Queen. That's why they wear a Royal Crown on their apparel. If you go to court, you'll face the charge "HM the Queen vs. Joe Six-Pack." Officially, it is the Crown that charges you, and if guilty, it's the Crown's power that locks you up. All bills in Canada require Royal Assent to become law.
There is much the general public is unaware of when it comes to the power of the British monarchy. For instance, the Federal Reserve is owned by the Rothschilds who are an agent of the Queen. The 'City of London' is run by the Bank of England, a private corporation. The square-mile-large City is a sovereign state located in the heart of greater London and is not subject to British law.
The Queen of England is actually of German ancestry and not British. A fake name taken from one of the king's castles, the 'House of Windsor', was created early in the 20th Century to cover up the German domination of Buckingham Palace and to facilitate war with a country Britain had previously been allied with.
The crown rules over 50 nations, and all under one monarch. The Queen has the ability to suspend any of her puppet parliaments at her whim and did so recently in Canada through her representative here, Governor General Michaelle Jean.
Some proponents of Canadian sovereignty will cite the 1931 Statute of Westminster as proof, but since the amendment was never fully enacted by the writ of a new Canadian Constitution, the British monarchy still reigns supreme.
The truth is that the Queen is the Head of state and chief public representative of the Commonwealth. Her Majesty's paliamentary have undisputed claim to exercise the rights of British governance on the colonies. It's high time the peasants woke up to the reality of who their master is.
Actual sample test questions for new immigrants seeking Canadian citizenship:
1. What will you promise when you take the Oath of Citizenship?
Ans: (a) I affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and successors.
2. Who is Canada's Head of State? Or
Who is the person who holds the highest position in national government?
Ans: (b) Queen Elizabeth II
3. What is the final step before a bill becomes a law? Or
Who signs the Bill to make it law?
Ans: (a) The Governor General gives final approval and the bill becomes law.
"It is good to be home." - Queen Elizabeth II upon arrival recently in Canada.
I hope this makes it perfectly clear as to what the status of Canada's so-called 'sovereignty' is, and who is really running the show in this country and throughout the entire British commonwealth.
- CliveLv 75 years ago
Canada is most certainly independent and autonomous. It just happens to have kept the British monarch as head of state. The saying goes that "she reigns but does not rule" and that describes it perfectly - she is a constitutional monarch with limited powers under the Canadian constitution. She - or rather the Governor General - appoints the Prime Minister after a general election, but this is only formal. There is no point in appointing anyone who isn't the leader of the party with most seats in the House of Commons, so she won't.
Yes, the Queen appoints the Governor General, but the Prime Minister recommends who it should be and the Queen will appoint whoever that is. Once upon a time, the GG would quite often be a British Lord or a member of the royal family, but these days it is always a Canadian.
Where there is anything the Queen HAS to do under the constitution, she takes the Prime Minister's advice and will always follow it. Most commonly this is over general elections. The Prime Minister can ASK for one, because only the Queen can dissolve Parliament and call an election, but she will always agree.
I'm British so I know because it's exactly the same here! The Queen has to be there to make the constitution work but really, the Prime Minister is boss. Her Majesty does not do politics and quite right too. It's why she never gives interviews - that's in case she accidentally reveals her own political opinion.
She does actually meet the British Prime Minister every week for a chat, and that is a free discussion. After 64 years on the throne you can imagine she's worth talking to, and British Prime Ministers like it because she is the one person who has also seen all the secret papers but can be guaranteed not to leak what they said. But this is strictly on the basis that it is totally private and nothing is ever revealed. David Cameron got into hot water over this when he said that in a phone call after the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, the Queen was "purring like a cat" that Scotland had voted against independence. Not that this is any surprise to anyone, but that's not the point - he should have kept his big mouth shut. Her Majesty was NOT pleased!
It's rather the same as any country that works on the common European model of parliamentary government with a president AND prime minister. In that case, the president is mostly ceremonial but has to be there to make the constitution work, and be the ultimate safeguard against dictatorship by being able to say no if necessary.
It also helps sometimes to have that backstop of a separate head of state. The USA quite often has government shutdowns because Congress can't agree a budget. There is no way round that until one side backs down. The same happened in Australia in 1975, but because Australia works much the same as Canada, the result was very different. The Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, consulted the Queen and it seems she must have said "do what you think fit". He sacked the Prime Minister and appointed the leader of the other main party on condition that he ask for an immediate general election. Which he did. Problem solved. I remember it because though I was only 9 at the time, it was on British TV news for days because it looked like the Queen could have got embroiled in politics. But as always, she kept right out of it.
- SiennaLv 75 years ago
Sovereign nation. The Queen exercises her constitutional powers "on the advice" of her Canadian Ministers.