The Monarchy In Canada Essay

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A monarchy is a form of government in which a single individual holds all the power in government. Since 1918 Britain has been governed in a Democratic system but held a lot of the same customs that it had when it was a monarchy (like a royal family etc.). Canada was a part of the British Monarchy when it was still around and unfortunately is still a part of the monarchy system that remains in Britain today. In 1867 the British North America Act was established and formed the Dominion of Canada by Queen Victoria. Since then Canada has grown to have its own customs and traditions but Britain’s crown is unitary throughout all jurisdictions in Canada. Queen Elizabeth the second is the sovereign of Canada she is the head of state; she must remain neutral politically in Canada and govern the people of Canada according to their respective laws and customs. The question too many Canadians today is whether or not Canada should abolish the British Monarchy in Canada. Many Canadians feel the monarchy is considered purely ceremonial and lacks legitimacy; attachments to the monarchy in Canada mostly just exists in older Canadians, younger generations in Canada have different views which support that the monarchy should be abolished in Canada.
Too most the British Monarchy in Canada’s government is merely regarded as ceremonial, symbolic and not something that actually holds power. Firstly, the British Monarchy’s power’s consists of just watching over traditions and seeing if there is an abuse in power. There powers do not affect the Canadian citizen’s life in any way. Secondly, in Canada the Monarchy’s biggest symbol is the royal family but most people consider more than 6 other Canadian symbols more important than the royal family. This shows that the Monarchy is regarded as a symbol that is not important too Canadians. Lastly, in June of 2010 a poll was conducted before the Queen’s nine day visit to Canada; this poll showed that 48 % of Canadians considered the monarchy to be a “relic of our colonial past that has no place in Canada today”. If almost half of Canadians consider the monarchy to be an unimportant symbol that holds no real power in Canada then there is no point in spending the money to have ties with them and it should be abolished.
The British Monarchy lacks legitimacy in Canada because they don’t make themselves present to Canadians in their everyday lives. Firstly, the royal family who consists of the head of the British Monarchy don’t even bother to have a residence in Canada. This shows that the heads of the...

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