Maces, Rods and Chains of Office in Canada
Co-authored with Corinna Pike
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Published by The Dundurn Group
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Excerpt from Chapter One
Since the era of the Governors of New France and the Sovereign Council that aided in the governance of the fledgling colony, Canada has been a monarchy. For more than half a millennia Canada’s head of state has been a Sovereign, represented by a Governor or Governor General. Within this framework, which over time evolved to become a constitutional monarchy, the continuity of the Crown came to be fused with representative and responsible democratic bodies to form what is affectionately known in constitutional circles as Peace, Order and Good Government. Even our rebels, such as the Métis leader Louis Riel were intent on retaining the Crown as the locus of power.
This is the first book to examine the various symbols of authority used by The Queen, her representatives the Governor General and the Lieutenant Governors, and the federal, provincial and territorial legislatures. The parliamentary maces used throughout Canada, like the Crown, embody continuity in an ever changing political world. They are not symbols of a foreign land imposed upon Canada, but rather they are like old friends that are part of the Canadian symbolic and ceremonial lexicon. They have also adapted to the Canadian context and thus been made symbols of the nation.