Dominion of Canada





Head of State

His Imperial Majesty, King-Emperor Edward VIII of Great Britain (from 1952)

Ruling Party

National Coalition (1945-1949), National Conservative Party (from 1949)

Head of Government

George A. Drew (1945-1968), Ernest Manning (1968-1983), Martin Hattersley (1983), James Keegstra (from 1983)


Canadian National Conservative Party rules alone, without coalition support, from 1949: incorporating the pan-Canadian Social Credit Movement, the National Union of Quebec (later independent) and small parties of the right. The party is committed to a strong and deepening relationship between members of the British Imperial Federation and Commonwealth. In return for her continuing loyalty to the British Crown, Canada is expected to receive sovereignty over Great Britain’s West Indian possessions, as well as Newfoundland, previously resistant to confederation and Quebec.