To classify canada as a constitutional monarchy means that it is a democracy headed by a king or queen. Canada is said to have dual executive - the formal & largely symbolic executive powers are given to the queen or gg, but the effective executive is made up of the pm and cabinet. The concept of the crown revolves around the head of state & can be defined as the collectivity of executive powers exercised by or in the name of the monarch. The crown is not only the collectivity of executive powers, it also represents the entire state & embodies what belongs to the people collectively it is a metaphor for the country. This can be seen in crown corporations (state owned corporations) or crown lands (state-owned lands). 3 important aspects of parliament also reflect the existence of the monarchial system: royal assent, the speech from the throne, and her majesty"s loyal opposition.