“Governor General”

Jurisdiction: Canada Canada

Appointed by the Queen (on the advice of the Prime Minister) to be her representative as Head of State in Canada. Acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, the Governor General summons, prorogues and dissolves Parliament, reads the Speech from the Throne, gives Royal Assent to bills and signs many other state documents. The Governor General receives diplomatic representatives and performs many ceremonial and social duties.

Source: Glossary of Parliamentary Terms for Intermediate Students, Parliament of Canada