Governor General

Erin O'Toole gives his reaction to the Throne Speech in Ottawa, November 23, 2021. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

The Throne Speech was short on substance—and the opposition was not afraid to say so

Politics Insider for Nov. 24, 2021: The Governor General’s cautious speech; a fed-up opposition; and a breakfast brawl

Trudeau and Simon arrive for an announcement at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on July 6, 2021 (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

Mary Simon and the PM’s winning conditions

Paul Wells: The newly named Governor General has been a pillar of many Canadian communities and now will be again of another. She’s needed and ready.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes an announcement after touring the Algoma Steel plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on Monday July 5, 2021. Trudeau is back on the road doling out hundreds of millions of dollars in climate spending from his Liberal government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Gino Donato

Trudeau announces Canada’s next Governor General: Live video

The Prime Minister is set to announce the next Governor General, months after Julie Payette’s resignation

Trudeau speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic outside his residence at Rideau Cottage on Jan. 26, 2021 (CP/Justin Tang)

Justin Trudeau applauds Justin Trudeau’s handling of the Rideau Hall mess

Paul Wells: The response to the GG problem is a familiar one for the Trudeau government—nothing is a big, urgent problem until it hits the nightly news

Payette is preceded by Di Lorenzo (at bottom) as she arrives to deliver the Speech from the Throne on Sept. 23, 2020 (CP/Justin Tang)

What happens when there’s no Governor General?

Philippe Lagassé, an expert on the Westminster system, talks about Julie Payette’s resignation, the uncomfortable role of the Chief Justice, and what happens next

Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, arrives prior to the Throne Speech on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Trudeau says his government will launch a campaign to create 1 million jobs in Canada, returning employment to pre-pandemic levels. Photographer: Justin Tang/Canadian Press/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Notes on the Throne Speech, and a reminder that Julie Payette is governor general

Paul Wells: The speech was further from ‘bold solutions’ and closer to ‘old ways of thinking’. Then the PM took to the TV to deliver another message.

Gov.Gen. Julie Payette, middle, looks on with Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the Usher of the Black Rod Greg Peters leaves to summon the House of Commons to come listen to the throne speech in the Senate chamber in Ottawa on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Governor General Julie Payette’s 2020 Throne Speech: Full transcript

The Governor General of Canada formally opens the new session of Parliament as a global pandemic rages on

Can Canada put Harry and Meghan to work?

Dale Smith: Let’s let some bona fide royals do some things that our current Governor General won’t

Former governors general are billing Canadians—and we deserve to know the details

Opinion: Adrienne Clarkson has reportedly received $1.1 million from taxpayers after leaving office. It may be money well spent—but the lack of transparency is a big problem

Did Kathleen Wynne abuse the power of prorogation?

Since Stephen Harper prorogued Parliament to save his government in 2008, the rarely-used power has drawn criticism as a political tactic

The risky tag team of Julie Payette and Justin Trudeau

Stephen Maher: Our system relies on vice-regal distance from the government, and this week the line was blurred

Julie Payette takes on junk science—and tests the limits of her job title

Opinion: The Governor General caused a stir with comments about climate change, evolution and medicine. But it’s the tone, not the facts, that should rankle