The Queen and Alberta Independence

With the passing of Her Majesty the Queen this past week, I thought this would be an excellent time to reflect on her role as part of our constitutional monarchy and the independence movement in Alberta. You may ask what these two ideas have in common: The short answer is, quite a lot.

You see, the British Monarch sits at the head of a constitutional monarchy that stretches back many centuries and proved to be one of the most successful and enduring parliamentary democracies to date. Most nations that sprang from the British Empire adopted forms of parliamentary democracies similar to that found in London. This style of democracy has far-reaching, deep roots that go back 800 years to freedom-defining events like the Magna Carta.

There are are important events in this history and philosophies that to this day underpin British jurisprudence and government. A critical concept that has given us our freedom from tyranny and government overreach is the idea of Lex Rex.

First postulated in the book of the same name written in 1644 by Samuel Rutherford, it simply means Law is King. While we may not find that particularly earth-shattering, it was a revolutionary idea when the exact opposite was the general rule—  Rex Lex, or The King is Law. It put forth the idea the king or government was subject to the law and not a law unto themselves. It was radical and premised upon the Christian ideal that since Christ, as king, had subjected himself to the law and the penalty that came with it on our behalf, shouldn’t all rulers follow the same example?

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