Canada is a constitutional monarchy. A constitutional monarchy is a government where a constitution explains the powers of the government and owes alliagance to a monarch, a king, or queen.
Canada has adopted an official policy of multiculturalism, an acceptance of many cultures instead of just one.
The leader of the party with the most members becomes the head of the government, or prime minister, who runs the executive branch within the legislature.
Canada's legislature, called Parliament, has two bodies, the House of Commons and the Senate.
Some French-speaking Canadians are separatists, or people who want the province of Quebec to become an independent country.
Much of Canada is covered in forests, making the timber industry, referring to any area of economic activity, important.
Today almost 80 percent of Canada's raw materials arte shipped as exports. Exports are goods traded to other countries.
Many Canadians are bilingual, which means they speak two languages.