The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
History
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History

History

Four hundred years ago, Samuel de Champlain—a governor in all but name— fulfilled several duties and responsibilities that would later be carried out by the governors of New France and, after Confederation, by the governors general of Canada.

Canada became a country at Confederation, in 1867. Since then, the responsibilities of the governor general have evolved, in tandem with Canada’s evolution as a sovereign and independent nation. This section will carry you through history as you learn more about former governors general; about Rideau Hall and the Citadelle of Québec, the official residences of the governor general; and other interesting facts.

Date modified: March 1, 2013