Riddell, The Honourable William Renwick
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Historical background to the way in which a Canadian Citizen is a "subject." How this meaning of "subject" helped the King of England to unify the Island under one Crown. "Canadian Citizen" as a convenient term for a British subject who makes his home in Canada, whether he is born or naturalized there or came from some other part of the British world. The American understanding of their citizenship; its meaning and their rights under the Constitution. Comparing this with the largely unwritten Canadian Constitution. Understanding the role and function of the Governor-General. Canada's evolution from a "Colony." The significance of the American Revolution. A consideration of the logical result of the view of allegiance--"citizenship" determined in "Calvin's Case," more than three centuries ago. A review of some of Canada's significant historical events. The early history of Canada's first Lieutenant-Governor, John Graves Simcoe. Effects of the American Revolution on the British Empire. The birth of the New British Empire in Canada. The new British Empire as the most interesting example of political evolution the world has ever seen. Reasons for the necessity of a Governor in Canada from the Mother Country. The British North America Act. The conception of the Dominion of Canada. The early structure of Canadian Administrative Government. The role of the Governor-General. Consideration discussion that has taken place with regard to whether Canada can be called a nation. Drawing legal and practical distinctions. Canada as a "Dependency" of Great Britain in International Law. The question: What then, in fact, is a "Canadian Citizen?" and the speaker's response.