Henry 007 asked in TravelCanadaOther - Canada · 1 decade ago

Does Canada still belong to the UK?

Does Canada still belong to the UK?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Canada Day, July 1, celebrates the British North America Act of 1867, which granted the Canadians home rule. The BNA Act created the Dominion of Canada by uniting the Province of Canada (modern Ontario and Quebec), the province of New Brunswick, and the province of Nova Scotia. Home rule was not absolute; the Dominion got its own Parliament, but its decisions still needed to be affirmed by the U.K. Parliament. Manitoba joined the Dominion in 1870, followed by British Columbia (1871), Prince Edward Island (1873), and Saskatchewan and Alberta (1905). Newfoundland and Labrador gave up its own claim to nationhood to join Canada in 1949. (The Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon remain territories, not full provinces.)

    The Statute of Westminster, in 1931, finally removed the U.K. Parliament from Canada's legislative process. It was not until the Canada Act of 1982, however, that the U.K. relinquished its authority to amend the British North America Act (then renamed the Canada Act). Theoretically, then, until 1982 the U.K. could have said, "Sorry, just kidding -- we're repealing the BNA, you have to go through us now."

    Canada maintains strong ties to its mother country. Queen Elizabeth is still the Queen and head of state under Canada's constitution, and a Governor General (currently Michaelle Jean, a Haitian-born woman) represents the Crown in Canada. Canada is also still a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, a group of 53 countries with historical or constitutional ties to the former British Empire.

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  • Randy
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    1 decade ago

    Yes, Canada is an independent country however unlike what one of the other posters said we are a Constitutional Monarchy AND a Parliamentary Democracy which means that our elected Parliament runs the country with Queen Elizabeth, the Queen of Canada, as our Head of State.

    Yes, she is Queen of England but she is also Queen of Canada and a few other countries. No bill can be passed into law in Canada without receiving the Queens consent. No new session of Parliament can be opened without a Throne Speech which is written by the Government of the Day and read by the Queen's representative in Canada, the Governor General.

    Canada hasn't "belonged" to the UK for a long time now but as you can see we still have close historical and practical ties to England and to the rest of the countries of the Commonwealth.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Nope Canada is an independent country in North America.Canada is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and is the only independent country in mainland North America having a monarch the British sovereign is Canada's symbolic head of state.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not since 1867. I am not sorry to break this news to you, the British Empire ended a long time ago. The UK still has Gibraltar and a few islands here and there, but all the rest is gone.

    Source(s): I learned history. Why did not you learn it?
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  • 1 decade ago

    Canada rules itself, but we are part of the British Commonwealth. We still show much respect for the Queen, and we pay for her to come here for visits, but she has no power here.

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