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Democratic Governance: The Constitution and Canada’s Branches of Government

Introduction Canada is a “constitutional monarchy,” which is a form of government where monarchs act as the political heads of state but their powers are kept within the boundaries of that country’s constitution. [1] In Canada, the monarch is the Queen. At the time of Confederation, the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act), as […]

Authors:

Lorraine Snyder
Lorraine Snyder is a law student at the University of Alberta.
 

Dustin Martin
 

Parliamentary Democracy 101

In the Gettysburg address, Abraham Lincoln defined democracy as government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” He was, of course, referring to the democratic model of the United States. However, the same words can be used to define Canadian parliamentary democracy: government of the people, through Parliament; by the people, through Parliament, […]

Authors:

Mark Rieksts
Mark Rieksts is a lawyer with the Government of Nova Scotia, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.The opinions and statements set out in this article are those of the author alone, and should not be construed as representing those of the Government of Nova Scotia.
 


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