Physical and Commercial Analysis of the Dominion of
Government – The Dominion of Canada is a
Federal nation of Provinces and Districts within
has remained outside the confederation.
an island north of
two small islands of
called the governor-general, appointed by the
British Cabinet, he is assisted by a Privy Council. The
Canadian Parliament, which is the supreme legislative
power, consists of the governor-general, representing
the British Crown, A Senate, and a House of Commons
are elected by the people. A Parliament lasts 5 years
unless dissolved sooner. Each province has also a
legislature called the Legislative Assembly, which is
empowered to deal with local matters. The provinces
lative chamber called the Legislative Council. The
provincial chief executives, each known as a lieutenant-
governor, are chosen by the governor-general. Federal
and provincial powers are defined by the British North
America Act of 1867, which enabled the colonies of
the name of the Dominion of Canada. The Dominion
Parliament has exclusive power over all matters except
those specifically delegated to the provincial legis-
The British North America Act provided for the first
time a constitution for a federal system adaptable
to British principles and methods of government. The
measure had its genesis during the American Civil War
and aimed to avoid certain features of the American
federal system which were deemed to be defective in
practice. The Provinces were conceded less power than
that enjoyed by American States, the federal government
reserving to itself all other authority not so conceded.
Bills passed by any provincial legislature require the
assent of the lieutenant-governor before they
may become laws and may be annulled within the year
by the governor-general. Bills passed by the Dominion
Parliament require, to become laws, the signature of
the governor-general and may be disallowed by the
British King in Council within a period of two years.
This prerogative, however, has fallen into disuse.
In practice, there is no such thing as Imperial con-
trol over Dominion affairs by the governor-general
acting in the kings’ name, though theoretically the
veto power of the Crown remains unimpaired, The
British dominion as not “subject” but “sister” nations
in the Empire, and the governor general is merely
a connecting link with the Crown.
In 1923 the Dominion parliament enlarged the pro-
to them portions of the
354,961 square miles, and
miles of additional territory.
of all the Canadian provinces.
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