The Republican Option in Canada, Past and Present

Hardcover | May 11, 1999

byDavid E. Smith

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Canada is one of a declining number of monarchies in the world, yet Canadians have never seriously considered a republican alternative. The nature of Canada's monarchy and the question of whether a republican form of government might prove superior are, in fact, subjects that are all but ignored in Canadian constitutional discussions. This study explores why this is so and what it reveals about Canadian political culture.

David E. Smith examines the history, prospects, and implications of republicanism in Canada. With reference to classical, French, and American republican theories, he traces the ambivalence of Canadians to the concept and demonstrates the conflict republican theories and practices present for parliamentary systems of the British model. Smith offers an impressive, thorough, and fresh analysis of the implications of the republican option.

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Through an analysis of history and prospects, this book explores the possible implications of republicanism in Canada. Using classical, French and American republican theories, David E. Smith discusses why Canadians feel ambivalent about a republican alternative and what this apprehension reveals about Canada’s political culture. The R...

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Canada is one of a declining number of monarchies in the world, yet Canadians have never seriously considered a republican alternative. The nature of Canada's monarchy and the question of whether a republican form of government might prove superior are, in fact, subjects that are all but ignored in Canadian constitutional discussions. ...

David E. Smith, FRSC, is the author of Federalism and the Constitution of Canada, The People’s House of Commons, and many books on Canadian politics. He is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.26 × 6.42 × 1.25 inPublished:May 11, 1999Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802044697

ISBN - 13:9780802044693

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Through an analysis of history and prospects, this book explores the possible implications of republicanism in Canada. Using classical, French and American republican theories, David E. Smith discusses why Canadians feel ambivalent about a republican alternative and what this apprehension reveals about Canada’s political culture. The Republican Option in Canada Past and Present addresses the conflicts in the republican theories and practices in the British parliamentary system.

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'What marks this book out as important and original is its examination of a question that has hitherto been almost completely ignored in Canadian constitutional discussions: the nature of Canada's monarchy and the question of whether a republican form of government might prove superior. This book may very well have a powerful impact on the subsequent course of constitutional discussions in Canada.' - William Christian, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph