Annual Report 2005-2006
Message from the Secretary to the Governor General
and Herald Chancellor
It is a pleasure for me to invite Canadians to review the third annual report by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG).
The OSGG exists to support the governor general and commander-in-chief in carrying out his or her 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.
The primary constitutional duty of the governor general is to ensure the continuation of government and that Canada always has a prime minister. On February 6, 2006, following the January 23 general election, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean swore in the new prime minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, and his cabinet.
The fiscal year under review, 2005-2006, was singular in that it marked the transition from one governor general to another. On September 27, 2005, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean was sworn in as Canada’s 27th governor general and commander-in-chief, following the six‑year mandate of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson.
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, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which provides protective services to Their Excellencies; the National Capital Commission, which maintains the residence and grounds of Rideau Hall; Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, which supports the governor general’s international activities; and the Department of National Defence, which supports the governor general in the role of commander-in-chief.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Office’s staff for their professionalism, dedication, and commitment to excellence.