The Governor General is the Queen’s Representative in Canada. The governor general also serves as commander-in-chief of the Canadian Armed Forces and represents Canada at events, ceremonies and official visits at home and abroad.
One of the governor general’s most important responsibilities is to ensure that Canada always has a prime minister and a stable government in place that has the confidence of a functioning Parliament.
Other duties include:
- Presiding over the swearing-in of the prime minister, the chief justice of Canada and cabinet ministers.
- Summoning, proroguing and dissolving Parliament.
- Delivering the speech from the throne and giving royal assent to acts of Parliament.
- Signing official documents and meeting regularly with the prime minister.
Former Astronaut Julie Payette will be the Queen’s next Representative in Canada after David Johnston. She will be the 29th Governor General since the Canadian Confederation. And these are some of the things you might like to know about her:
- She is 53 years old and speaks 6 languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and German).
- She is the first representative in the Science and Tech sector.
- She was an astronaut and logged 611 hours on two journeys to space.
- She also enjoys running, skiing, racquet sports, and scuba diving.
- She has a commercial pilot’s license, which includes the next level qualification for flying float planes
- She is also musical, an accomplished pianist and has sung with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Piacere Vocale in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto.
- And much more…
The governor general is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Queen during a visit to Scotland last July en route to the G20 summit in Germany and recommended Julie Payette. With a mind blowing resume of Payette, she will be really a great asset for Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Julie Payette
The governor general’s tenure usually lasts about five years. David Johnston, who was appointed in 2010 on the advice of former prime minister Stephen Harper, had his term extended in 2015 until this coming September. So, Julie Payette will be in the position that comes with a $290,660 annual salary and an official residence at Rideau Hall after Johnston’s term.
Julie Payette and David Johnston
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