Annual Report 2003-2004
Message from the Secretary to the Governor General and Herald Chancellor
I am pleased to post on the Governor General’s Web site, the first annual report by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG).
The Office of the Governor General reflects Canada’s evolution as an independent nation. In fulfilling her role as Canada’s effective Head of State, the Governor General constantly reminds Canadians of our history, our shared values and the possibilities of our future together.
Since the beginning of responsible government in Canada, the role of the Governor General has always involved a range of constitutional duties on the one hand, and on the other hand, an active program aimed at highlighting the evolving nature of Canadian society and the contributions and achievements of our fellow citizens.
Since 1967, the Governor General has been responsible for the administration of the Canadian Honours System.
In 2003-04, the Office (OSGG) supported the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, in the carrying out of her constitutional and traditional roles and in the administration of the Canadian Honours System.
During this year, the Governor General executed her constitutional responsibilities with commitment and with her customary efficiency and grace. The primary constitutional duty of the Governor General is to ensure that Canada always has a prime minister and on December 12, 2003, the Governor General swore in a new prime minister, the Right Honourable Paul Martin and his cabinet.
As Commander-In-Chief, Her Excellency inspired and nurtured the Canadian Forces. Since the beginning of her mandate, the Governor General, along with His Excellency, John Ralston Saul, has made a point of visiting the troops in the field annually. This year, they visited Canadian troops stationed in Afghanistan, for four days over New Years.
In 2003-04, The Governor General carried out her program in some of the following ways:
The OSGG annual report outlines how the Governor General serves Canadians. It does this by describing key activities and
their cost. It details the Governor General’s salary and the administrative costs of the Office.
During the year there was a continuing focus on improving the business practices of the Office. In partnership with the National Capital Commission, improvements were made so that the inadequate working conditions of employees would meet Occupational Health and Safety codes.
In the years ahead, the Office will continue to support the Governor General in the Canadianization of the office and in raising awareness and understanding of the role of the Governor General as the effective Head of State in our democratic system of government.
I thank the Office’s staff for their professionalism, dedication and commitment to excellence.
I look forward to comments and suggestions on how to better report on the Office in the years ahead.