History of Canada

Political independence
The Big Picture, opening of the Parliament of Australia, 9 May 1901, by Tom Roberts
1931 Jan 1

Political independence


Following the Balfour Declaration of 1926, the British Parliament passed the Statute of Westminster in 1931 which acknowledged Canada as coequal with the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. It was a crucial step in the development of Canada as a separate state in that it provided for nearly complete legislative autonomy from the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Statute of Westminster grants Canada political independence from Britain, including the right to an independent foreign policy.