Governor General Julie Payette presided over a swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, March 1, 2019.
Canada is a constitutional monarchy, where the duties of head of State and head of government are distinct. The governor general exercises the powers and responsibilities of the Head of State, Her Majesty The Queen. As such, the governor general is non-partisan and apolitical.
As The Queen’s representative in Canada, the governor general has a number of responsibilities, one of them being the swearing into office of Cabinet ministers.