Canada's Deep Crown

Available from University of Toronto Press late Summer 2021

The Crown in Canada has had a profound influence in shaping a country and a constitution that embraces the promotion of political moderation, societal accommodation, adaptable constitutional structures, and pluralistic governing practices. While none of these features themselves originated through legislative or constitutional action, David E. Smith, Christopher McCreery, and Jonathan Shanks propose that all reflect the presence and actions of the Crown.
 

Examining how constitutional monarchy functions, Canada’s Deep Crown discusses how the legal and institutional abstraction of the Crown varies depending on the circumstances and the context in which it is found. The Crown presents differently depending on who is observing it, who is representing it, and what role it is performing. With a focus on the changes that have taken place over the last fifty years, this book addresses the role of the Crown in dispersing power throughout Canada’s system of government, the function the Sovereign, governor general, and lieutenant governors play, and how the demise of the Crown and transition to a new Sovereign is likely to unfold.

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About the author

Christopher McCreery holds a doctorate in Canadian political history from Queen’s University and is the author of more than a dozen books, including two best-sellers. He has served as private secretary to the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia since 2009 and was responsible for the setting up of Government House following the restoration of the building.

 

From 2012 to 2018, he served as a member of the board of trustees of the Canadian Museum of History/Canadian War Museum, is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society,  Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, and is one of the Commonwealth’s foremost experts on the vice-regal offices, honours and symbols. In 2010 he was invested as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order by The Queen at Government House, Halifax

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My Books

The Order of Canada
2nd edition

Fifty Years Honouring Canadians

The Canadian Honours System, 2nd edition

 
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The Order of Canada
2nd edition

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The Canadian Honours System

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Savoir Fair, Savoir Vivre:
The Rideau Club

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Commemorative Medals of
The Queen's Reign in Canada

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The Order of Military Merit

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Canadian Symbols of Authority

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Maintiens Le Droit

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The Canadian Forces' Decoration

The Authentic Voice of Canada

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On Her Majesty's Service

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The Maple Leaf and the White Cross

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The Beginner's Guide to
Canadian Honours

 

Selected Chapters & articles

Edited works which include chapters by Christopher McCreery

St Laurent

Chapter 15 "The Politics of St-Laurent on the Crown, Rituals and Symbols" pp. 314-355.

JPPL

J.P.P.L. 13 "Not the Governor Generals Choice: Canadian Honours and the Butler-Pitfield Principles" pp. 67-80.

The Canadian Kingdom

Chapter 8 "The Vulnerability of Vice-Regal Offices in Canada" pp. 156-178.

The Crown and Parliament

Chapter 9 "Subtle yet significant innovations: The Advisory Committee on Vice-Regal Appointments and the Secretary's new powers" pp. 241-262.

Canada and the Crown

Chapter 10 "The Provincial Crown: The Lieutenant Governor's Expanding Role" pp. 141-169. Chapter 13 "Confidant and Chief of Staff: The Governor's Secretary" pp. 197-218.

Evolving Canadian Crown

Chapter 3 "Myth and Misunderstanding: The Origins and Meaning of the Letters Patent Constituting the Office of the Governor General, 1947" pp. 31-56. Chapter 9 "The Crown and Honours: Getting it Right" pp. 139-154.

Laurier Book

Part III-5 "Tribute to Queen Victoria, 1901" pp. 265-274.

Delivering a paper at the Symposium on Honours and Heraldry, Ottawa May 2018.

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Government House Halifax 

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Fifty Years Honouring Canadians

Canadian Commemorative Medals.jpg

Commemorative Medals of
The Queen's Reign in Canada

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The Canadian Forces' Decoration

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On Her Majesty's Service

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The Order of Canada
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The Canadian Honours System

 2nd edition

Rideau Club.jpg

Savoir Fair, Savoir Vivre:
The Rideau Club

Symbols.jpg

Canadian Symbols of Authority

ORMM.jpg

The Order of Military Merit

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Maintiens Le Droit

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La Feuille d'Erable et la Croix Blanche.

La Feuille d'Erable  et la Croix Blanche

The Maple Leaf and the White Cross

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The Authentic Voice of Canada

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The Beginner's Guide to
Canadian Honours