Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Library of Parliament Explains Evolution of the Selection Process of the Governor General

Earlier today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of Mary Simon, a well known advocate for Inuit rights and culture and a former ambassador, as the next Governor General of Canada.

The Library of Parliament HillNotes publication provided some interesting background in April on the Evolution of the Selection and Appointment of the Governor General:

"The Governor General is currently appointed by the Crown on the advice of the prime minister. The selection and appointment process has evolved considerably since Confederation."

"Early in Canada’s history, the Canadian executive had little influence on the appointment. As Canada asserted its independence, it gained more influence over the process. In recent years, some prime ministers have relied on advisory groups for advice."

"This HillNote discusses the evolution of the selection and appointment process for Canadian governors general and compares the various advisory groups that have been struck over the years."


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