The Queen of the United Kingdom is Queen of Canada, As Queen of Canada, she can veto laws passed by Parliament. In practice, she appoints a Governor General to do her job when she isn't in Canada, which is of course nearly the whole time, and the Governor General (who these days is always a Canadian suggested...
Best answer: The Queen of the United Kingdom is Queen of Canada, As Queen of Canada, she can veto laws passed by Parliament. In practice, she appoints a Governor General to do her job when she isn't in Canada, which is of course nearly the whole time, and the Governor General (who these days is always a Canadian suggested by the Prime Minister) has a veto. The simple answer to your question is yes.
In reality, she just wouldn't, because that would be undemocratic. When Parliament has decided something, who is the Queen, who wasn't elected, to say no? She understands that perfectly well, and even in the UK, she takes the view that she should keep out of politics and never say anything in public about her views. She COULD say no, otherwise why do laws go to her for Royal Assent? The possibility exists that she could say no, there is nothing to stop her saying no, but she just wouldn't.
No monarch in the UK has done it since 1708, and even then, Queen Anne only did it because she was advised to. If it were done in Canada, most likely this would result in calls to dump the monarchy and have a republic.
The furthest the present Queen has ever gone in getting involved in politics was in Australia in 1975, when Parliament couldn't agree a Budget and the country was heading for government shutdown. Sir John Kerr, the Governor-General, asked the Queen for advice, apparently she said "you do what you like", and he used the royal power to sack the Prime Minister, appoint Malcolm Fraser, the leader of the other big party, instead on condition that he asked for an immediate general election, of course Fraser did (why else did he engineer the whole situation in the first place?) and so there was an immediate general election. That broke the deadlock and got government moving again.
That was OK, because of course calling an election doesn't say anything about what side you're on. The Queen was a very convenient nuclear bomb to drop on the situation. But that's as far as she will ever go.
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