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The Constitution of Canada declares that the Government of Canada and the Commander in Chief of the Forces are vested in the Queen Her Majesty is one of three parts of the Parliament of Canada Queen Senate and Commons She is Sovereign of the Order of Canada Sovereign of the Order of Military Merit Colonel-in-Chief of numerous units of the Canadian Forces Honorary Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Patron of many institutions and organizations in various walks of Canadian life The Queen succeeded to the Throne in 1952 She assumed the separate title Queen of Canada by Act of Her Canadian Parliament 1953 She was crowned 1953 and became the first Sovereign to open the Parliament of Canada in person 1965 and proclaimed the National Flag of Canada 1965 Presided at the Centenary of Canadian Confederation 1967 Opened the Montreal Olympics 1976 Celebrated Her Silver Jubilee in Ottawa 1977 Proclaimed the revised Constitution of Canada 1982 Created Canadian Heraldic Authority 1987 Presided over Canada Day Celebrations Parliament Hill 1990 1992 Canada always a Monarchy From the days of earliest settlement the only form of society Canadians have known has been a monarchy The native people themselves had a tribal idea of kingship Our tradition of monarchy was French and British and became as it now is distinctly Canadian In 1867 Canadians freely and deliberately reaffirmed their allegiance to the Monarchy They have done so at each subsequent stage in their political development More democratic than republic The Queen of Canada is more democratic than a President of Canada ever could be because she represents all Canadians An elected president would owe his selection to a political faction and this would publicly divide him from many of his countrymen and would make his claim to represent the people less convincing Frequent selections of presidents would interrupt the continuity essential for an effective head of
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