November 23, 2021
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to formally open the first session of the 44th Parliament of Canada.
“Confronting the hard questions will not always be easy or comfortable—and it will require conviction—but it is necessary. The outcome will be a sustainable, united Canada, for you, for me, for our children, and for every generation to come.” - Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada
One of the governor general’s most important constitutional duties is to ensure that Canada always has a prime minister and a government in place that has the confidence of Parliament.
As The Queen’s representative in Canada, the governor general summons, prorogues and dissolves Parliament, delivers the Speech from the Throne, and gives Royal Assent to acts of Parliament.