Re: Dumping the MonarchyFeb 26th, 2011
Having a constitutional monarchy is a tremendous advantage for Canada, because it gives us the flexibility to respond to the day-to-day political needs of the country, with a non-partisan and apolitical head of State able to act as a vestige of executive power. The Queen reigns, but does not rule--that is, Her Majesty remains our head of State, and the chief executive; however, the political decisions are made by Her Majesty's Government for Canada, and are carried out in Her Majesty's name.
The reason why we use the term "Her Majesty's Government," and "Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition," is so that we are always reminded that our legislators--both the Government and the Opposition--must always remain loyal to the head of State, and therefore our constitutional structure. No Government may seek to extent its own powers unilaterally, as it is the Queen's Government, and must act within Her Majesty's laws (since all laws are enacted by the Queen, in formal terms). No Opposition may overthrow the Government in a way that is unconstitutional (as the Opposition must be loyal to Her Majesty). These terms are a reminder that despite the contentious debates that might take place in the legislature, all of our representatives must work for and within the bounds of the Canadian governance structure.