Canada is one of the world’s great liberal democracies and is based on the British parliamentary model. Every citizen over the age of 18 has the right to vote—to have his or her say in how our country should be run. A model for the world, Canada is active in helping bring democracy and democratic values to other countries.
Canada is a federation made up of 10 provinces and 3 territories. As a large country with a small populationand great r egional difference in geography and perspective, we have developed a unique style of government based on respect for alternative views and compromise. Our three levels of elected government federal, provincial and municipal–divide the responsibilities of governing among them.