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Canada is a constitutional monarchy. The British monarchy is the head of state. Since the monarchy doesn't live in Canada, he or she chooses a governor-general to act in his or her place. Canada has a federal government system. It shares power between the federal government, the provincial government, and the territorial government. Some of the Canadian federal government's responsibilities are providing national defense, trading, banking,immigration, criminal law, and postal services. The provincial governments are responsible or education, property rights, local governments, hospitals, and provincial taxes. The territorial government have few responsibilities, but still practice self-government. the voting age in Canada is 18, but voting is not required by law. Canada is a Parliamentary democracy. It is divided into legislative and judicial branches. The Parliament is the legislative branch. The House of Commons, the Senate, and the governor-general make up the legislative branch. The citizens elect representatives for the House of Commons. The leader of the party with the most votes becomes the prime minister. The prime minister is the head of the government. The prime minister and cabinet make up the executive branch. Canada also has a federal and provincial court system. The highest court in the country is the federal Supreme Court. The prime minister chooses the judges and the governor-general appoints them.