Constitutional Duties The governor general acts on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to uphold our system of responsible government. Commander-in-chief As commander-in-chief of Canada, the governor general plays a major role in recognizing the importance of Canada’s military at home and abroad. Represent Canada The governor general represents Canada at home and abroad and carries out the duties of the head of State on behalf of the Sovereign. Encourage Excellence Through the presentation of honours, decorations and awards, the governor general recognizes those who have had a positive impact on their communities and on Canada, and encourages others to be inspired by them and to follow in their footsteps. Bring Canadians Together The governor general fosters unity by bringing Canadians from all parts of the country and all walks of life together in common cause.