Is Canada A Monarchy?

Canadian political system may seem confusing.

It used to be a colony or a dominion? What is a dominion? Who is the president of Canada (nobody)? What is the difference between provinces and territories, why they don’t have just states?

And finally – is Canada a Monarchy?

MapleDude.Ca will answer this question today.

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Right off the bat the answer is yes, Canada is a Monarchy, but what kind of a Monarchy though?

Yes, there is more than just one kind.

Monarchy is a form of government with, well, a monarch, king or queen. That’s why you see a lot of those “King” and “Queen” street in all ex-British colonies. The key point of a monarchy is that a Queen or a King has all the power, they can do whatever they want without anybody’s approval. This is what most people think of a Monarchy and they are right, they are right when it comes to the oldest type of it – Absolute Monarchy. With such kind of government a Monarch rules until his death and he passes power to his children. This is called a dynasty.

Current examples of such monarchy are countries like Brunei, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Vatican City and the United Arab Emirates.

In good old days (not that good…) this was the only type of monarchy, so now all countries with different types of monarchy had an absolute monarchy in the past before they went thru reforms.

The other type of monarchy is more developed and modern, it is called a Constitutional Monarchy, this is the one Canada has, as well as many other developed countries.

Countries with constitutional monarchy are: Australia, Belgium, Japan, Denmark, Jamaica, Jordan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, The United Kingdom and many others.

There is also an Elective Monarchy, but today we won’t cover that.

In Constitutional Monarchy there is a King or a Queen, but they have no real power. In this system all real political power belongs to the elected parliament and the leader of a country called “Prime Minister”. King or Queen is still there and they are symbolic, for example recent royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was all over the news, but the royal family does not rule the country.

The most important thing in Constitutional Monarchy is the constitution. This is the main law, not a will of a King or a Queen.

Canada is still a Monarchy, but it is a democratic and sovereign country where Canadian people elect representatives, who act on their behalf in the parliament. The ruling party picks a Prime Minister, he assigns members of the Senate, Judges and Ministers, but power comes from people.

To honor historical system Canada still has some symbolic roles, like Governor-general, who acts on Queen’s behalf.

15 Facts About Niagara Falls

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Here are some interesting facts about Niagara Falls:

  • The Falls are NOT in Africa or South America;
  • It’s located between Canada and United States right on the border;
  • Niagara Falls are NOT one waterfall, there are three of them;
  • Niagara Falls are NOT the biggest or largest in the world, Inga Falls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are bigger, by height Niagara Falls is far from the tallest in the word, the tallest are Angel Falls in Venezuela (979 m.);
  • Its total height is 167 ft (51 m);
  • Average flow rate: 85,000 cu ft/s (2,400 m3/s);
  • There are two big international bridges between USA and Canada across the Welland Canal. One of them is called “the Rainbow Bridge”;
  • The power plants at Niagara Falls have the capacity to output is close to 4.9 million kilowatts, this natural phenomena is a great source of power and electricity;
  • There is a thing called “Over the falls”. It is when somebody does something above the falls, which is very dangerous;
  • MapleDude.Ca is just one of many which produced an original drawing featuring the Falls. They inspired many painters and creators;
  • There are two big casinos on the Canadian side of Niagara Fall which attract many players from US, Canada and other countries;
  • There were more than 29 millions tourists in 2009 who came to see this great place. The Falls are attracting a lot of visitors from all around the world;
  • The Falls partially freeze over in the winter;
  • The word “Niagara” is derived from the Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” meaning “the strait”;
  • The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a 63 year old female schoolteacher;

How Canada Got Its Name?

How Does Canada Got Its Name

How should we name this country?

So, how Canada got its name? What is “Canada”?

Elders gathered together, they threw all the letters of the alphabet in a jar and called them out as they got them out:

“C, eh? N, eh? D, eh?”

There you go!

All jokes aside, “Canada” is a word in Iroquoian language (a native north american tribe, one of the indigenous peoples of the Americas). This word (kanata) simply means a “settlement”, “village” or “land”. Canada called liked that since 16th sentry, when French establish their first colony there.

As you might know a lot of North American places (cities, towns, villages, provinces, states) called like they are because First Nations called these lands accordingly or because a specific Indian tribe lived there.

Why Are Canadians Afraid Of The Dark?

Why are Canadians afraid of the dark

A light bulb will save ya, brother

So why are Canadians afraid of the darkness?

Are they afraid of it though?

This is a common joke and a stereotype about Canadians spread by certain TV shows and sitcoms like “How I Met Your Mother“.

The joke goes something like that:

  • How many Canadians does it take to change a light bulb?
  • None, they don’t change light bulbs. They accept them the way they are.

There are no reasonable evidence or explanations of such fear, the only source of it is “How I Met Your Mother” show where Robin and Canadians in a bar were trolled by Americans.

With all that in mind people keep asking such questions and spreading this stereotype even further, some even came up with the answer.

For instance it is sometimes explained by geography. Canada is a northern country, therefore the day length is shorter that in other places (longer night time). So… So this doesn’t make any sense if you think about it. If this was a factor, it should be the opposite, Canadians should feel comfortable to live in darkness with almost no sunlight. Also if this was true, other cold countries like Sweden, Norway or Finland should have the same thing among their people, but they don’t.

In general many people all around the world are afraid of night and darkness, this is natural. We all prefer sun because sun gives life, sun was a god in many ancient religions, moon and darkness were an evil force.

Even if you recall Game Of Thrones you can think of a quote:

The night is dark and full of terrors

Which just shows the same old way to feel about night and day in many cultures and countries. It is not a Canadian thing, it is universal. In conclusion, there is no special connection between Canadians and darkness.

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Huge Canadian Coastline And Beaches

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Canada has some nice beaches, surprise.

You don’t usually think of Canada as a country of great long and beautiful beaches, but the fact is that Canada actually has the largest coastline in the world with a total coastline length of 202,080 kilometers. (Source)

On top of that there is a huge shores near Great Lakes and rivers.

The second country with the largest coastlines in the world is Indonesia, and the 3rd place takes Russia, with a total coastline length of 37, 653 km.

For a place without a sun and sand reputation Canada has some nice places near water to spend your weekends or vacation during short summer.

Speaking of quality of those beaches, Canada has total of 32 so called “Blue Flag beaches“. Those are places which meet high standards of Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Mexico for example has only 21 of such flags.

It is hard to say what is the best beach in Canada, but good reputation have: Long Beach in Vancouver Island (British Columbia), Tribune Bay in Hornby Island (British Columbia), Devonshire Beach (Alberta), Grand Beach (Manitoba) and Wasaga Beach in Ontario province.

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