General Resources

Did You Know… Key facts about Canada’s Constitution?

YCYC Research Advisory Committee member Bruce M. HicksPowerpoint presentation on how New Zealand, Australia and Britain have written rules to restrict powers of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Queen/Governor General


UK Cabinet Manual (the written rules that restrict the powers of the UK Prime Minister and Cabinet)
Australia Cabinet Handbook (the written rules that restrict the powers of the Australian Prime Minister and Cabinet)
New Zealand Cabinet Manual (the written rules that restrict the powers of the New Zealand Prime Minister and Cabinet)


Your Canada, Your Constitution (June 10, 2013)
First-ever survey shows 71% of Canadians want legal restrictions on powers of party leaders to control politicians in their party – only 20% disagree

Your Canada, Your Constitution (March 18, 2013)
News Release
55% of Canadians want change to Canadian head of state instead of continuing with any member of the British royal family

Your Canada, Your Constitution (January 23, 2013)
News Release
84% of Canadians want powers of Prime Minister and premiers restricted with clear, enforceable, written rules – only 9% disagree

Your Canada, Your Constitution (November 2, 2012)

Surveys show Canadians want changes to Constitution, despite what some journalists and politicians say

Your Canada, Your Constitution (June 26, 2012)
News Release
52% of Canadians agree Canada’s Constitution should be changed to make Canada fully independent from Britain – 43% disagree

Your Canada, Your Constitution (June 20, 2012)
News Release
Two-thirds of Canadians want changes to GG and prov. governors powers and positions

Contact information for politicians

Click here to find contact information for federal and provincial politicians

Online resources/games for kids

Educational Videos

Howe, LaFontaine and Baldwin — Heroes of Canada’s democratic development in the mid-1800s

CBC’s Aboriginal news webpage

Aboriginal Peoples, Canada and the Way Forward?