from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A governor of a large territory who has other subordinate governors under his or her jurisdiction.
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- n. An official appointed by the reigning British monarch to govern a Commonwealth realm as the monarch's representative.
- n. An official in a similar position in other countries.
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I have spent a good deal of time and energy over the years attempting to explain to quizzical American citizens that the term governor-general has nothing to do with military rank, but now I find that the matter is not quite so simple.
I suppose it is a mark of just how far we have come that I distinctly recall a serious discussion about the absurdity of the need for an Australian passport, when, after all, Fiji was until recently British, and, besides, had a governor-general, and all mod-cons.
So unfortunately we cannot absolutely assert that the civilian title of governor-general is entirely unrelated to that of major-general, and in this sense the last Governor-General, His Excellency Major-General Michael Jeffery, A.C.,
If either side doesn't give ground in coming days, Mr. Harper will be obliged to ask Canada's governor-general, the representative of the Queen, to dissolve Parliament.
On Tuesday, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff indicated that his party might ask the country's governor-general—the representative of Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state—to form a government itself if another minority Conservative government loses a confidence vote in the next Parliament.
But a year later, in 2008, amid a boost in his own popularity, he asked the governor-general to dissolve Parliament, triggering fresh polls.
On Friday, Canada's governor-general, the official representative of Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state, will deliver the ceremonial throne speech, which is written by the government and lays out its priorities.
Simpson Miller, who was prime minister for a year and half until 2007, took the oath of office before roughly 10,000 guests on the grounds of the governor-general's official residence.
The presents also included, more practically, three pairs of shoes from the Canadian ministry of foreign affairs and a quilt from the governor-general.
The 39-year-old Holness took the oath of allegiance to his country in front of about 4,000 people gathered on the lawns of King's House, the residence of Jamaica's governor-general.
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