Canada's Constitutional Monarchy: An Introduction to Our Form of Government

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Dundurn, Nov 15, 2011 - Political Science - 285 pages

The Canadian Crown is a unique institution that has been integral to our ideals of democracy from its beginning in 16th-century New France.

Canadians enjoy one of the most stable forms of government on the planet, but there is a crisis in our understanding of the role the Crown plays in that government. Media often refer to the governor general as the Canadian head of state, and the queen is frequently misidentified in Canada as only the British monarch, yet she has been queen of Canada since 1952. Even government publications routinely cast the Crown as merely a symbolic institution with no impact on the daily lives of Canadians — this is simply not true. Errors such as these are echoed in school textbooks and curriculum outlines.

Canada’s Constitutional Monarchy has been written to counter the misinformation given to Canadians, reintroducing them to a rich institution integral to our ideals of democracy and parliamentary government. Nathan Tidridge presents the Canadian Crown as a colourful and unique institution at the very heart of our Confederation, exploring its history from its beginnings in 16th-century New France, as well as its modern relationships with First Nations, Honours, Heraldry, and the day-to-day life of the country.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
11
Introduction
15
Chapter One
23
Chapter Two
54
Chapter Three
70
Chapter Four
81
Chapter Five
94
Chapter Six
103
Chapter Twelve
189
Chapter Thirteen
200
Appendix A
207
Appendix B
233
Appendix C
240
Appendix D
249
Appendix E
251
Appendix F
255

Chapter Seven
125
Chapter Eight
141
Chapter Nine
153
Chapter Ten
169
Chapter Eleven
179
Bibliography
265
Index
271
About the Author
286
Of Related Interest
287
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About the author (2011)

Nathan Tidridge was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his 15 years of volunteer support in the education of Canadians on the role of the Crown. He teaches Canadian history and government at Waterdown District High School and was awarded the Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Teacher of the Year) in 2007. Tidridge lives in Carlisle, Ontario.

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