GG Announces new website - Call off the Monarchists -

GG Announces new website — Call off the Monarchists



October 9, 2009

New Governor General’s Web site now on-line

OTTAWA—The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is pleased to launch the Governor General of Canada’s new Web site at

After months of preparation, the new site features the Governor General’s ongoing activities, is easier for the users to navigate, and has a more modern look and feel.

Members of the public, stakeholders and media will be able to learn about the Governor General’s activities through a sliding window on the home page that shows her current and past activities. The window showcases all aspects of her visits and activities: news releases, speeches, photos, videos, blogs and forums.

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Media information
Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office

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GG Announces new website — Call off the Monarchists

  1. 6 Macleans blog posts about nothing later……

    • Yeah but if it HAD been civil war….

    • it MUST be Friday.

  2. I'm confused
    the referred to in the release takes you to the old site takes you to a site that has the "sliding window" referred to in the press release
    which is what?
    The "responsibilities" descriptions in each site are quite different.

  3. From another thread, I believe the mistake has been in not updating both the DNS servers.

    • Thanks -That explains the technical issue
      In the old site the responsibilities are reported as:
      Canada became a country at Confederation in 1867. Our system of government is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Canada and Head of State. Sworn in on September 27, 2005, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General since Confederation, represents the Crown in Canada and carries out the duties of head of State.

      the new site says:
      The Crown is a legal body or institution through which the head of State caries out his or her duties. Our head of State is placed above the government. The head of State does not exercise political authority and is non partisan.

      The Canadian Constitution (Constitution Act, 1867) places executive power in the Crown. However, in practice this power is exercised by the federal government. The governor general therefore acts on the advice of the prime minister and the government but has the right to be consulted, to encourage, to warn and to meet with them on a regular basis. Although free to refuse such advice, the Crown normally accepts by convention and sanctions bills to give them the force of law. In other words, the governor general provides formal consent to the government's intentions and ensures its continuity.

      In this regard, one of the governor general's most important responsibilities is to ensure that Canada always has a prime minister and government in place. In the case of the death or resignation of a prime minister, it is the governor general's responsibility to ensure the continuity of the government by designating a new prime minister.

      I'm sure historians and constitutional experts will debate the difference but the differences are clear.

      • Well, it is more like an elaboration than a difference. In the new site, those are actual constitutional or conventional responsibilities of the Governour General. What is still not clear is how the Letters Patent of 1947 effectively makes our Governour General our de facto Head of State, since that particular document effectively transferred all but a few powers of Her Majesty to the GG.

  4. So…Stephen Harper's cyber attack on the GG is halted. For now. We should remain vigilant.

  5. Just throwing this out. Why not find a way to nominate the GG by something other than the Prime Minister. How about something along the lines that a given moment all the Senators (Elected or not) the MPs and the members of the provincials legislatures (their votes weighted to the number of MPs and Senators each province has) hold an election and one elected is the nominee. just a thought. (BTW the Prime Ministers and the Premiers have way too much power is relation to the legislators)