Following Queen Elizabeth II's historic Diamond Jubilee in 2012,
there is renewed interest in the institution of the Crown in Canada
and the roles of the queen, governor general, and lieutenant
governor. Author D. Michael Jackson traces the story of the
monarchy and the Crown and shows how they are integral to Canada's
parliamentary democracy. His book underscores the Crown's key
contribution to the origins, evolution, and successful functioning
of Canadian federalism, while the place of the monarchy in
francophone Canada and the First Nations receives special
Complex issues such as the royal prerogative, constitutional
conventions, the office of lieutenant governor, and Canada's
honours system are made readily accessible to the general reader.
Jackson examines the option of republican governance for Canada and
concludes that responsible government under a constitutional
monarchy is far preferable. He further argues that the Crown should
be treasured as a distinct asset for Canada.