The concept of hereditary leadership is not foreign to Canada. Prior to European contact, chiefs headed many Aboriginal groups, and were advised by a council of elders, not unlike the French and British monarchs that followed. Since then, our history has been marked by an unbroken succession of monarchs. Under Canada’s sovereigns, the country has evolved from a French colony to an independent nation.
As a constitutional monarch, the Queen no longer “rules” the country. However, as Canada’s head of state, she remains a fundamental part of Canada’s system of government and our sense of identity.