Canada and the british empire in the age of laurier. I t merely remade the relationships between the british north american colonies. United canada, new brunswick, and nova scotia into a dominion of canada and provided a federal state to govern this new dominion. Relationships between canada and the british empire were not altered. The queen continued to exercise her r ight over canada and canadian affairs through the govern general. Any relationships with other countries was handled by britain in behalf of canada. Canada had no power to declare war on another country. Canada was at war when britain was at war and was at peace when britain was at peace. The new dominion was essentially an extension of the responsible government in. The dominion of canada had no greater power than had existed within the colonies under responsible government. Britain, however, was very flexible on the ground when it came to running local affairs.