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The French-Canadian tradition, in common with the British and other European traditions, is also monarchical.  French-Canadians have chosen the Monarchy several times in their history:  their cultural and religious leaders rejected overtures to join the rebellious colonists during the American Revolution;  in 1867 they participated enthusiastically in the choice of a monarchy under the present Royal House as the form of government of the newly created Canadian Kingdom.

At the Federal-Provincial Conference of First Ministers on the Constitution, held in Ottawa in February 1979, the Quebec Premier reiterated his position that as long as Quebec remained within Confederation the province insisted on retaining the Queen as a restraint on excessive centralization.  More information on First Ministers' conferences is available in this Wikipedia article.

Among the historic names of French Canada who have at some time spoken out for the Crown are Bishop BriandSir Étienne-Paschal TachéSir George-Étienne Cartier, Bart., KCMG, PCJoseph-Israël TarteSir Wilfrid Laurier, GCMG, PC, KCRaoul Dandurand, PCCamillien HoudeErnest Lapointe, PCMaurice Le Noblet DuplessisJean Lesage, PC, CC, CDRéal Caouette;  and Jean Drapeau, CC, GOQ.

Queen Elizabeth II is a fluent speaker of the French language (as are Prince Philip and other members of the Royal Family).  At St. Pierre, Manitoba, in 1970, Her Majesty stated: “It is agreeable to me to think that there exists in our Commonwealth a country where I can express myself officially in French”.  The early history of her Royal House is closely bound up with that of the French Crown and French culture.

For over half a century, Elizabeth II has reigned over Canada as our monarch.  Her reign forms an integral part of our constitutional heritage, one that Canadians can be proud of.

From the days of earliest settlement, the only form of society that this part of North America has known has been monarchical.  The native peoples themselves had a tribal idea of kingship.  European settlement brought to Canada the French and British traditions of monarchy before becoming what it is now - distinctly Canadian.

In 1867, Canadians freely and deliberately reaffirmed their desire for Canada to be a monarchy.  They have continued to do so at each subsequent stage of their constitutional development.  Most recently, the Monarch's role as head of state was entrenched in the Constitution Act 1982.