Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster

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2020 DateDecember 11, 2020
2021 DateDecember 11, 2021
Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster

Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster History

The Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster recognizes the date on which Canada received full legal autonomy from Britain. Although Canada became a self-governing nation in 1867, it did not enjoy legislative independence from Britain until the signing of the Statute of Westminster on December 11, 1931. However, during the discussions prior to the signing, Canada opted to include a restrictive clause, thus leaving the power to amend Canada's Constitution in the hands of the British Parliament.

To this day, the Statute of Westminster's restrictive clause is still apparent in the sovereign's reigning role regarding all matters of the Canadian State. The current sovereign is Queen Elizabeth II and her acting advisors are known as federal ministers of the Crown. This commemorative holiday is celebrated annually on December 11.

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Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster Facts & Quotes

  • The Statute of Westminster also gave full legal autonomy to other dominions of Britain, namely, South Africa, the Irish Free State, Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland.
  • The Statute of Westminster also served as the foundation of the British Commonwealth of Nations which would later become the Commonwealth of Nations in 1949.
  • In 1949, Newfoundland relinquished its status as a British Dominion and became a Canadian province, thus giving it the same legal autonomy as the rest of Canada.
  • They [Canada, Australia, Ireland, Newfoundland, New Zealand and South Africa] are autonomous Communities within the British Empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another in any aspect of their domestic or external affairs, though united by a common allegiance to the Crown, and freely associated as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations. - Former Prime Minister of the UK
  • Commitment to freedom, fairness and the rule of law are commonly and rightly associated with [Canada]. These are just some of the attributes that animate Canadians at home and abroad, not least in the service of peace. So, although my visit here is drawing to a close, I shall continue to take the greatest pride in being your Queen, now and in the years to come. - Queen Elizabeth II - Speech in Toronto, Canada, 2010

Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster Top Events and Things to Do

  • Fly the Royal Union Jack Flag (the British flag) from sunrise to sundown to mark the anniversary of the Statute of Westminster. Where there are two flag poles, Government buildings are also required to fly both the Maple Leaf flag and the Union Jack.
  • Conduct research on the Royal Family, the monarchy and its influence in Canada.
  • Visit one of numerous statues, stained glass windows, bells, gates, monuments and memorials dedicated to the many Canadian monarchs, most of which are located in the national capital or provincial capital cities.
  • As you drive through your city, try to spot all of the street, building or park that were named after Canadian monarchs.
  • Host your own Statute of Westminster quiz and Pictionary party. Make small papers with simple questions relating to the history of Canada, its independence and current ties with the monarchy. Put in a few papers that require your guests to showcase their artistic talents for Pictionary.

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