Annual Report 2004-2005
Message from the Secretary to the Governor General and Herald Chancellor
It is a pleasure for me to invite Canadians to review the second annual report by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG).
The governor general carries out a range of constitutional and State duties and 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 also been responsible for the administration of the Canadian Honours System.
The OSGG exists to support the governor general and commander-in-chief of Canada in carrying out his or her constitutional and traditional roles and in administering the Canadian Honours System.
The primary constitutional duty of the governor general is to ensure that Canada always has a prime minister. On July 20, 2004, following the June 28 general election, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson swore in the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Paul Martin, his cabinet and parliamentary secretaries.
As Commander-In-Chief, the Governor General inspired and nurtured the Canadian Forces. She and John Ralston Saul visited Canadian troops stationed in Afghanistan over the New Year.
In 2004-05, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson further carried out her program in some of the following ways:
The OSGG's annual report outlines how the governor general serves Canadians every day. It describes key activities and their cost, as well as their value to Canadians. It also details the governor general's salary and the administrative costs of the Office.
The OSGG is grateful to those government departments and agencies that support the governor general through their legislated mandates, such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who provide protective services to Their Excellencies; the National Capital Commission, which maintains the residence and grounds of Rideau Hall; Foreign Affairs Canada, which supports the governor general's international activities; and the Department of National Defence, which supports the governor general as commander-in-chief.
I thank the Office's staff for their professionalism, dedication, and commitment to excellence.