Queen's Privy Council for Canada

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A group of more than one hundred persons, including all current and former Cabinet ministers and certain other notable Canadians such as former provincial premiers or the leaders of opposition parties, with the legal right to advise the governor general as to the exercise of the powers of the Crown. In practice, the Privy Council does not meet and has no role or function. The Cabinet, which is technically a “committee of the Privy Council” made up of ministers appointed on the advice of the prime minister, exercises the powers of the Privy Council on a day to day basis.


A body named in the Constitution Act, 1867 to “aid and advise in the Government of Canada” whose powers are, in practice, exercised by Cabinet.

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