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Governor General of Canada

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The Governor General of Canada is the person who represents Canada's Queen (or King). The Queen of Canada does not spend much time in Canada because she is also the Queen of several other countries.

The Governor General is technically chosen by the Queen and is allowed to use almost all of the Queen's powers. But most of the time neither the Queen nor the Governor General use their powers without advice from the Prime Minister of Canada.

  • The Queen would normally always choose whoever the Prime Minister wants them to choose to become Governor General.
  • The Governor General usually uses his/her powers for what the Prime Minister advices him/her to do.

Once in a while the Prime Minister may want something done that the Governor General is not allowed to do on her own. The Prime Minister must then go straight to the Queen, for example for the appointment of 4 or 8 extra Senators to Parliament.

David Lloyd Johnston is the current Governor General of Canada.

Official Title

As Canada has two official federal languages, the Governor General's title is in both English and French.

The Governor General's style and title in full is, in English: His Excellency The Right Honourable David Lloyd Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief in and over Canada, and in French: Son Excellence le très honorable David Lloyd Johnston, chancelier et compagnon principal de l'ordre du Canada, chancelier et commandant de l'ordre du mérite militaire, chancelier et commandant de l'ordre du mérite des forces de police, gouverneur général et commandant en chef du Canada