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Monarchy in Manitoba

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Monarchy in Manitoba

Queen in Right of Manitoba

Style Her Majesty
First monarch Victoria
Formation 15 July 1870
Residence Government House, Winnipeg

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


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

Constitutional monarchy in Manitoba

The role of the Crown is both legal and practical; it functions in Manitoba 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 Manitoba, 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 1870 Manitoba Act and continued an unbroken line of monarchical government extending back to the early 17th century.[1] However, though Manitoba has a separate government headed by the Queen, as a province, Manitoba is not itself a kingdom.[10]

Government House in Winnipeg is owned by the sovereign only in her capacity as Queen in Right of Manitoba and used as an official residence by both the lieutenant governor and the sovereign and other members of the Canadian Royal Family will reside there when in the province.[11]

Royal associations

Those in the Royal Family


External links

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  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. 
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  9. ^ MacLeod 2008, p. 20
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  11. ^ MacLeod, p. XIV
  12. ^ Palmer, Sean;  
  13. ^ Kirbyson, Geoff (2 June 2008), "Prince Edward begins Winnipeg visit", Vancouver Sun, retrieved 2 July 2009 
  14. ^ "Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba > Our History". The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
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  16. ^ MacKinnon, Frank (1976), The Crown in Canada, Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, p. 69,  
  17. ^ Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. "History > Government House > The Royal Bedroom". Queen's Printer for Manitoba. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 


See also

Princess Anne and her elder brother, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, presided over the celebrations of the centennial of Manitoba's entry into Confederation.[17]


The main symbol of the monarchy is the sovereign herself, her image (in portrait or effigy) thus being used to signify government authority.[16] 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 Manitoba's honours, they do stem from the Crown as the fount of honour, and so bear on the insignia symbols of the sovereign.


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