David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

The Governor General of Canada  is currently David Lloyd Johnston. He presents Canada’s monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. He is responsible for opening parliament, and meeting with foreign dignitaries. Essentially, most of the Queen’s power is vested upon the governor general. The prime minister is dependent on the governor general to pass any laws, for the royal assent must be given to pass any bills.  To become an ideal governor general, there should be certain qualities that must be met, such as:

  • Constitutional knowledge
  • Bi-lingualism (multilingualism)
  • Legal expertise
  • Leadership skills
  • Accomplished
  • Ability to relate to the Public

The Cabinet of Canada is a part of the Canadian government. Its chairman is the Prime Minister himself/herself. The Cabinet ministers discuss and debate national issues and voice their opinion about them. Each minister is in charge of a specific portfolio. For instance, the Finance Minister is in charge of national finance and the national debt, and the Immigration Minister is in charge of immigration policies. These Cabinet Ministers should have certain qualities for them to be a responsible minister, such as:

  • Honesty
  • Good communication skills
  • Open-mindedness
  • Ethical
  • Unbiased
  • Act on National Interest

Last, but not least, the Prime Minister of Canada is a very important person- he is the head of the country. Currently, our Prime Minister is Stephen Harper. He has a variety of duties, such as:

  • Interacting with foreign diplomats and traveling extensively

    Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

  • Making economic decisions affecting and impacting Canada
  • Supervising the Canadian military and maintaining the needs of the troops
  • Interacting and relating to the community, as well participating in honoury events
  • Making speeches of all sorts; honouring Canada heroes and attending international events

To be able to carry out all these duties, it requires someone with many skills, such as:

  • Good public speaking skills- ability to persuade and the ability to satisfy civilians
  • Good at handling money
  • Willing to take intelligent risks
  • Familiar with the law
  • Excellent sense of leadership and being fair with all his/her citizens
  • Create a sense of unity among citizens
  • Charismatic- sympathetic and emphatic, as well as generous
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