Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Governor General

Governor General

He or she is appointed by the Queen, upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister, to be the Queen’s representative as Head of State in Canada. They are normally appointed for a period of 5 years. The GG summons, prorogues and dissolves Parliament (fancy way of saying ends Parliament which leads to elections), reads the Throne Speech, gives Royal Assent to bills and signs many other state documents. The GG ensures that we Canadians have a Prime Minister and government in place with the confidence of Parliament.