Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Evolution of the Principle of Restraint (Caretaker Convention) in Canada


Once again, the Manual of Official Procedure of the Government of Canada has proven indispensible as an historical resource! The Appendices contains the “Order in Council cancelling Appointments made on Macdonald’s Resignation (1873)”. I have uploaded this excerpt as a … Continue reading

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The State of the Union Address and Loyal Opposition in the United States


The State of the Union Is The Equivalent of the Sovereign’s State Opening of Parliament “[The President of the United States] shall from time to time give the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their … Continue reading

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David Starkey’s Historical Documentaries on the Monarchy


For an excellent history of the monarchy in the United Kingdom, I highly recommend David Starkey’s series Monarchy, which he adapted from his latest book Crown & Country – The Kings and Queens of England: A History. He devotes a … Continue reading

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Review of Canada’s Constitutional Monarchy by Nathan Tidridge


Nathan Tidridge has written an excellent and accessible introduction to constitutional monarchy in Canada – its history, heraldic symbols, role in the constitution – and the evolution of the Crown in Canada and the Crown of Canada. Tidrigde effectively differentiates … Continue reading

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