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Ross, Hon. Sir George W.
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One person who has supreme authority over the British Empire. The place he occupies under the constitution; how he receives his authority; upon what conditions he holds his high position as King of Great Britain and Ireland and the Dominions beyond the Seas. The position as supreme authority which the King holds theoretically true, and practically true under the Norman Kings. Now the power of the King subject to certain limitations which every constitutional monarch is bound to observe. What those limitations are. How theoretically the King's supreme power still remains within these limitations. Some words from Bagehot's admirable work on the British constitution. The more modern and more practical elements of government which prevail today. The hereditary claims of the King also theoretical. Limitations to the right of succession with regard to religion. The Declaration which every King and Queen has taken since the days of Charles II with regard to Roman Catholicism. The death of the King in constitutional usage. A consideration of some of the prerogatives of the King, with discussion, illustrative examples, instances, and conditions. First, the King as head of the Imperial Parliament. The restriction imposed upon the King as to entering the House while Parliament is in Session and how it applies to the Governor-General of Canada and the Lieutenant-Governors of the Provinces. The principle underlying this restriction. The prerogative of the King or Queen, and the King or Queen alone, to dissolve Parliament. The King's right of veto on all legislation passed by the other estates of the realm. The King's nomination of some person to select the various Ministers and other officers required for the services of the state. The King's right to declare war and make treaties with foreign countries. The King's right to peruse all despatches and correspondence affecting his relations with foreign countries. The King as head of the Army and Navy and Commander-in-Chief of all the military forces of the nation. The King as the fountain of honour. The King as head of the Church. The King as head of the Courts of Justice; the verdict of a jury in criminal matters can only be set aside by the King. The King in theory the owner of every acre of land over which a British flag floats except such lands as he has surrendered by deed or lease. Ways in which the King or Queen may and has exercised great influence over the Cabinet and its policy, with recent instances.