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03-05-2013, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by thome_26 View Post
Are you kidding? It is a profound difference. The government is not the state. Those states where that is true are places like the People's Republic of China.
Only in theory is there a difference in Westminster systems. In practice, the state is just the ceremonial representation of the government and the head of state has no real authority beyond which what is given to them by the head of government.

It's just a holdover from ages past when the crown, the actual king/queen and their court, had real power in the UK and when Commonwealth states were still colonies in Canada's case.

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