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Monarchy in Alberta

Queen in Right of Alberta


Style Her Majesty
First monarch Edward VII
Formation 1 September 1905

By the arrangements of the Canadian federation, Canada's monarchy operates in Alberta as the core of the province's Westminster-style parliamentary democracy.[1] As such, the Crown within Alberta's jurisdiction is referred to as the Crown in Right of Alberta,[2] Her Majesty in Right of Alberta,[3] or The Queen in Right of Alberta.[4] The Constitution Act, 1867, however, leaves many royal duties in Alberta specifically assigned to the sovereign's viceroy, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta,[1] whose direct participation in governance is limited by the conventional stipulations of constitutional monarchy.[5]

Contents

  • Constitutional monarchy in Alberta 1
    • Royal associations 1.1
  • History 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Constitutional monarchy in Alberta

The role of the Crown is both legal and practical; it functions in Alberta in the same way it does in all of Canada's other provinces, being the centre of a constitutional construct in which the institutions of government acting under the sovereign's authority share the power of the whole.[6] It is thus the foundation of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the province's government.[7] The Canadian monarch—since 6 February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II—is represented and her duties carried out by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, who's direct participation in governance is limited by the conventional stipulations of constitutional monarchy, with most related powers entrusted for exercise by the elected parliamentarians, the ministers of the Crown generally drawn from amongst them, and the judges and justices of the peace.[5] The Crown today primarily functions as a guarantor of continuous and stable governance and a nonpartisan safeguard against the abuse of power.[5][8][9] This arrangement began with the granting of Royal Assent to the 1905 Alberta Act and continued an unbroken line of monarchical government extending back to the late 18th century.[10] However, though Alberta has a separate government headed by the Queen, as a province, Alberta is not itself a kingdom.[11]

The Queen of Canada (centre) with her vice-regal representative, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Norman Kwong (left), and her Alberta premier, Ralph Klein (right), at the official celebrations of Alberta's centenary, May 23, 2005

Government House in Edmonton is owned by the sovereign only in her capacity as Queen in Right of Alberta and is used both as an office and official event location by the lieutenant governor, the sovereign, and other members of the Canadian Royal Family. The viceroy resides in a separate home provided by the provincial Crown and the Queen and her relations reside at a hotel when in Alberta. Members of the royal family have owned property in a private capacity: for example, King Edward VIII (later the Duke of Windsor) owned Bedingfield Ranch, near Pekisko, High River, for a number of decades.

Royal associations

Those in the Royal Family the patronage of a member of the Royal Family. Examples include the Royal United Services Institute of Alberta, which is under the patronage of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, which received its royal prefix from Queen Elizabeth II in 1990.[13] At the various levels of education within Alberta there also exist a number of scholarships and academic awards either established by or named for members of the Royal Family.[14]

The main symbol of the monarchy is the sovereign herself, her image (in portrait or effigy) thus being used to signify government authority.[15] A royal cypher or crown may also illustrate the monarchy as the locus of authority, without referring to any specific monarch. Additionally, though the monarch does not form a part of the constitutions of Alberta's honours, they do stem from the Crown as the fount of honour, and so bear on the insignia symbols of the sovereign. The Queen or others in her family may bestow these honours in person: the Queen, when in the province in 2002, appointed Alberta citizens to the Royal Victorian Order and presented in Alberta, on her official Canadian birthday in 2005, the insignia of the Venerable Order of Saint John to new inductees.[16]

History

A request was made by Premier Ralph Klein for the Queen of Canada to give royal assent to a bill in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in May of 2005. This request was turned down by the Office of the Governor General "for two reasons: such an unprecedented ceremony would hinder [the office's] ability to 'Canadianize' the Crown and the constitution specifically assigns to the Lieutenant-Governor the function of giving royal assent to provincial bills."[17] That assertion, however, was contested by Professor and Senior Director of Interdisciplinary Programs at the University of Alberta, Kenneth Munro.[18]

Though Queen

  • Ministry of Education (2005). "The Monarchy in Alberta: Teacher and Student Resource". Queen's Printer for Alberta. 
  • Office of the Premier. "Premier > Royal Visit". Queen's Printer for Alberta. 
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta. "Culture and Community Spirit > Heritage and Museums > Provincial Archives of Alberta > Reference Services > Royal Visits - Textual Records". Queen's Printer for Alberta. 
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta. "Culture and Community Spirit > Heritage and Museums > Provincial Archives of Alberta > Reference Services > Royal Visits photos". Queen's Printer for Alberta. 
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta. "Culture and Community Spirit > Heritage and Museums > Provincial Archives of Alberta > Reference Services > Royal Visits - Film and Video Sources". Queen's Printer for Alberta. 

External links

  1. ^ a b  
  2. ^ Crown in right of Alberta v. LRB and Municipal, [1998 Alta. L.R.B.R. 332] (Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta 14 August 1998).
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Her Majesty the Queen In Right of Alberta v. Rhonda Fjeld, 0503 02287, 2008 ABQB 558 (Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta 15 April 2008).
  5. ^ a b c  
  6. ^ Cox, Noel (September 2002). "Black v Chrétien: Suing a Minister of the Crown for Abuse of Power, Misfeasance in Public Office and Negligence". Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law (Perth: Murdoch University) 9 (3): 12. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  7. ^  
  8. ^  
  9. ^ MacLeod 2008, p. 20
  10. ^  
  11. ^  
  12. ^ Palmer, Sean;  
  13. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2008. 
  14. ^ a b Hoople, Chelsea (2002). "Alberta honours its citizens in the name of the Queen". Canadian Monarchist News (Toronto: Monarchist League of Canada). Autumn 2002. Retrieved 27 June 2009. 
  15. ^ MacKinnon, Frank (1976), The Crown in Canada, Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, p. 69,  
  16. ^ "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, presents the Order of Saint John Insignia" (Press release). Saint John Ambulance. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 27 June 2009. 
  17. ^ Munro, Kenneth (June 2006). "Can the Queen Grant Royal Assent in a Provincial Legislature?: Yes". Canadian Monarchist News (Toronto: Monarchist League of Canada). Fall-Winter 2005 (24): 17. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  18. ^ Toporoski, Richard; Munro, Kenneth (June 2006). "Can the Queen Grant Royal Assent in a Provincial Legislature?". Canadian Monarchist News (Toronto: Monarchist League of Canada). Fall-Winter 2005 (24): 17–20. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  19. ^  
  20. ^ Government of Alberta. "Alberta Centennial Home > Official Events > Celebrate Alberta Kick-Off Party". Alberta Queen's Printer. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  21. ^ Government of Alberta. "Education Home > Centennial Projects > Alberta students encouraged to join the festivities the Royal Visit 2005". Alberta Queen's Printer. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 

References

See also

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