Put in simple/ simplistic terms, in Canada: representative government means people vote to elect a person to represent their interests. Historically in Canada, people sought the right to be represented in an elected House of Assembly/ Legislative Assembly/ ‘lower house’ of the government.[i]

Model 1: Representative, but not Responsible Government.

[i] See “Representative Government,” Canada in the Making, http://www.canadiana.ca/citm/specifique/representatif_e.html (accessed 25 February 2013), but note that the site ignores the existence of representative government in Assiniboia during 1869–1870.