This is not intended to be a political question and please do not turn this into a political discussion.
This is just an honest question from an ignorant American.
I was reading that the Canadian PM suspended Parliament, but to do so he had to ask permission of " Governor General Michaelle Jean -- the representative of Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state ".
Um, please don't be offended by this as I mean nothing by it, but I thought you guys were totally free of England like we are. Or am I wrong here?