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The Evolving Canadian Crown

by (author) Jennifer Smith & D. Michael Jackson

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2012
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The Crown in Canada, the institution of constitutional monarchy, for decades neglected or considered an irrelevant colonial relic, is now the object of sympathetic scholarly attention. Stephen Harper's Conservative government has reversed the trend of its predecessors by giving the Crown a higher profile through royal tours, publications, and symbolic initiatives. The Evolving Canadian Crown assesses the Crown in Canada from a variety of perspectives, including federalism, First Nations, the constitutional role of the governor general, the use of the reserve power, honours and public liturgy, and the "Canadianization" of the Crown. Comparative analyses of the Crown in Australia and New Zealand complete the picture. As Queen Elizabeth II marks her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, The Evolving Canadian Crown provides a stimulating insight into a little-understood yet key component of Canada's governance.

About the authors

Jennifer M. Smith is an author and an adventurer. She has lived on the water with her husband aboard Green Ghost for thirteen of the past twenty-three years while travelling extensively by sail. She currently lives a land-life in Burlington, Ontario.

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D. Michael Jackson was chief of protocol for the Government of Saskatchewan from 1980 to 2005, coordinated ten royal tours for the province, and established the provincial honours program. He is the vice-president of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada and the author of The Crown and Canadian Federalism. Appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005, he is a Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and lives in Regina.

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