^Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
is Queen of Canada.
She reigns over Canada,
her powers are constitutionally limited.
[not much ruling]
Her powers are delegated to her Governor General,
[Governor General http://www.gg.ca/index.aspx ]
she has the power
to hire and fire the Government,
*appoint the Prime Minister,
* Cabinet Members,
* and military officers.
Canada is a constitutional monarchy, where the duties of head of State and head of Government are distinct. Canada’s Parliament consists of three parts: the Queen, represented by the governor general; the Senate; and the House of Commons.
The Letters Patent Constituting the Office of the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada (1947) authorize the governor general of Canada to exercise powers and responsibilities belonging to the Sovereign, with the advice of members of the Privy Council. The governor general is non-partisan and apolitical.
The Canadian Constitution Act (1867) places executive power in the Queen.
However, in practice this power is exercised by the prime minister and his ministers.
The governor general acts on the advice of the prime minister and the government, but has the right to advise, to encourage and to warn. As such, the governor general can offer valued counsel to the head of Government.
eh? Is it possible to pick up just anything and cut and paste it?
She has NO power. Her representative, the governor general also has NO power. You did not read the whole thing, for it says very clearly "on the advice of the prime minister", same as they have in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and some Caribbean islands. Once in Canada's history, the governor general did not follow the Prime Minister's advice (McKenzie King) and he was gone almost immediately , back to England. Since 1952, the Gov Gen is always a Canadian, and often a woman.
The post is good, as it is neutral politically and yes, he can invite a political party to form a gov't. INVITE, I said, he/she has nothing to say about the composition of the gov't. It leaves the tedious tasks of giving awards and medals, receiving letters of credence from new ambassadors and high commissioners, going to funerals to the Governor General, etc, instead of the busy Prime Minister. Do you really think that the Queen of England even rules England? Go back to Pravda.