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Governor General

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada

As Commander-in-Chief, the Governor General of Canada stands as the official head of the Canadian Forces. She encourages excellence and dedication, visits military bases across Canada, and often welcomes troops home and performs other ceremonial duties. Her Excellency is the Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit that recognizes exceptional service and performance by members of the Canadian Forces.

The Governor General is the Queen's representative in Canada and is appointed by the Sovereign upon the advice of the Prime Minister. As Canada's 26th Governor General, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson carries out Her Majesty's duties in Canada on a daily basis and is Canada's de facto Head of State.

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