The Canadian Kingdom


An integral part of Canada’s political culture, the constitutional monarchy has evolved over the 150 years since Confederation to become a uniquely Canadian institution.

Canada inherited the constitutional monarchy from Britain even before Confederation in 1867. In the 150 years since then, the Crown has shaped, and been shaped by, Canada’s achievement of independence, its robust federalism, the unique identity of Quebec, and its relationship with Indigenous peoples.

What has this “Canadian Crown” contributed to the Canada of the twenty-first century? How is this historic yet resilient institution perceived today? The essays in this book respond to these questions from a variety of perspectives, encompassing the arts, the role of the vice-regal representatives, the Indigenous peoples, and the contemporary position of the monarch. In discussing whether there is a distinctly Canadian monarchy, the authors look beyond Canada’s borders, too, and explore how Canada’s development has influenced other Commonwealth realms.


Although approaching the subject from different perspectives, the contributors to this collection of essays maintain that the Crown is both more complex and intricate in its influence than is popularly believed. In fact, they convincingly demonstrate that this venerable institution is on the frontier of Canada’s future.

David E. Smith, author of The Invisible Crown

A fitting tribute to 150 years of a federal Crown in Canada. It reveals a multi-faceted Crown which in symbol and substance has helped shape Canada as a nation.

Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law at University of Sydney

This collection explores a central Canadian institution, the lynchpin of our parliamentary democracy, including its evolution, its relationship with Canada's Indigenous peoples, and its parallels and influence in other Westminster systems. It should interest all who care about the institutions of Canadian democracy.

Ralph Heintzman, senior fellow of Massey College

About the Author

D. Michael Jackson

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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D. Michael Jackson

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.