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Secretary to the Governor General of Canada

Secretary to the Governor General
Secrétaire du gouverneur général
Incumbent
Kenneth MacKillop
since November 27, 2023
Office of the Secretary to the Governor General
SeatRideau Hall, Ottawa, Ontario
AppointerGovernor General of Canada
Formation1867 (Confederation)
First holderDennis Godley
WebsiteOfficial website

Secretary to the Governor General (French: secrétaire du gouverneur général) is the title used by the administrative head of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG), the Canadian government office that supports the work of the Governor General of Canada.[1] The position is based at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario.

On November 20, 2023, Kenneth MacKillop was named to the position, effective November 27, 2023.[2] The previous office-holder was Ian McCowan, who was appointed in February 2021 and retired in November 2023.[3]

Overview

The position is one of the oldest public service appointments in Canada and holds the courtesy rank of deputy minister within the Public Service of Canada. Since Confederation, every office-holder has been appointed by order-in-council. The first post-Confederation incumbent, Dennis Godley, initially assumed his post in 1861 and continued into the post-Confederation period, departing in November 1868.[4]

The Secretary to the Governor General holds a number of ex officio positions, as follows. Since the establishment of the Order of Canada in 1967, the office-holder has served as Secretary General of the Order of Canada. The office-holder also serves as Secretary General of the Order of Military Merit and the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Following the creation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in 1988, the office-holder became Herald Chancellor of Canada.

Secretaries to the Governor General

Pre-Confederation

Post-Confederation

See also

References

  1. ^ "About the Office". The Governor General of Canada. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 2021-07-29.
  2. ^ "Prime Minister announces a change in the senior ranks of the public service". The Prime Minister of Canada. 20 November 2023. Retrieved 2023-11-28.
  3. ^ "Senior public servant named secretary to the governor general following Payette's resignation". CBC News. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  4. ^ Jackson, Michael, ed. (2014). "Chapter 13: Confidant and Chief of Staff: the Governor's Secretary". Canada and the Crown. McGill-Queen’s University Press. pp. 100–110. ISBN 978-1-5533-9204-0.
  5. ^ Cote, Joseph Olivier (1866). Political Appointments and Elections in the Province of Canada, from 1841 to 1865. G.E. Desbarats, p. 9.
  6. ^ Côté, Joseph Olivier (1896). "Political Appointments, Parliaments and the Judicial Bench in TheDominion of Canada, 1867 to 1895".

Further reading

Jackson, Michael, ed. (2014). "Chapter 13: Confidant and Chief of Staff: the Governor's Secretary". Canada and the Crown. McGill-Queen’s University Press. pp. 100–110. ISBN 978-1-5533-9204-0.

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