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Introduction

The Governor General of Canada, in French: Gouverneur général du Canada (masculine), or Gouverneure générale du Canada (feminine) is the federal viceregal representative of the Canadian monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen, on the advice of the Canadian Prime Minister, appoints the Governor General to carry out her constitutional and ceremonial duties. The commission serves "at Her Majesties Pleasure" for and unfixed time, though normally is held for 5 years. Since 1959, the tradition is to rotate between anglophone and francophone incumbents.

The office is the oldest continuous institution in Canada, with 16th and 17th century colonial governors of New France and British North America. The present position emerged with the Canadian Confederation and the British North America Act in 1867. The office still represented the British Kingdom government until passage in 1931 of the Statute of Westminster, at which time the Governor General became the direct, personal representative of the uniquely Canadian soverign, or the monarch in his Canadian council.

The Governor General of Canada was granted permission to use the title of "Commander in Chief of the Canadian Militia" in the name of the sovereign and the actual Commander-in-Chief.

List of Governors General of Canada

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_General_of_Canada#Governors-in-Chief.2FGovernors_General_of_The_Canadas.2C_1786.E2.80.9318402.80.931840

Governors General of Canada

  • General George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie GCB Governor from 1820 to 1828
  • The Viscount Monck, Governor from 1 July 1867 to 14 November 1868
  • John Young, 1st Baron Lisgar, Governor from 2 February 1869 to 25 June 1872
  • The Earl of Dufferin, Governor from 25 June 1872 to 25 November 1878
  • The Marquess of Lorne, Governor from 25 November 1878 to 23 October 1883
  • The Marquess of Lansdowne, Governor from 23 October 1883 to 11 June 1888
  • The Lord Stanley of Preston, Governor from 11 June 1888 to 18 September 1893
  • The Earl of Aberdeen, Governor from 18 September 1893 to 12 November 1898
  • Gilbert John-Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto Governor from 12 November 1898 to 10 December 1904
  • The Earl Grey, Governor from 10 December 1904 to 13 October 1911
  • The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor from 13 October 1911 to 11 November 1916
  • The Duke of Devonshire, Governor from 11 Novmember 1916 to 11 August 1921
  • The Lord Byng of Vimy, Governor from 11 August 1921 to 2 October 1926
  • The Viscount Willingdon, Governor from 2 October 1926 to 4 April 1931
  • The Earl of Bessborough, Governor from 4 April 1931 to 2 November 1935
  • The Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor from 2 November 1935 to 11 February 1940
  • The Earl of Athlone, Governor from 21 June 1940 to 12 April 1946
  • The Viscount Alexander of Tunis, Governor from 12 April 1946 to 28 February 1952
  • Vincent Massey, Governor from 28 February 1952 to 15 September 1959
  • Georges Vanier, Governor from 15 September 1959 to 5 March 1967
  • Roland Michener, Governor from 17 April 1967 to 14 January 1974
  • Jules Léger, Governor from 14 January 1974 to 22 January 1979
  • Edward Schreyer, Governor from 22 January 1979 to 14 May 1984
  • Jeanne Sauvé, Governor from 14 May 1984 to 29 January 1990
  • Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor from 29 January 1990 to 8 February 1995
  • Roméo LeBlanc, Governor from 8 February 1995 to 7 October 1999
  • Adrienne Clarkson, Governor from 7 October 1999 to 27 September 2005
  • Michaëlle Jean, Governor from 27 September 2005 to 1 October 2010
  • David Johnston, Governor from 1 October 2010 to present