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Governors General of Canada 1867 to Date

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Note: In certain cases, some of the titles and honours were conferred after the individual's tenure as Governor General.

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Governor GeneralAppointment (yyyy.mm.dd)Swearing In (yyyy.mm.dd)Canada Gazette Part I
The Right Hon. David Lloyd Johnston,
C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., A.B., LL.B., D.D.
2010.07.08 2010.10.01 2010.10.01
p.1
The Right Hon. Michaëlle Jean,
P.C., C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
2005.08.04 2005.09.27 2005.09.27
p.1
The Right Hon. Adrienne Clarkson,
P.C., C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
First member of a visible minority and the first immigrant to be named Canada's governor general. (Ottawa Citizen, Sept. 9, 1999)
1999.09.28 1999.10.07 1999.10.07
p.1
The Right Hon. Roméo LeBlanc,
P.C., C.C., C.M.M., O.N.B., C.D., B.A., B.Ed.
First Canadian of Acadian origin appointed Governor General of Canada.
1995.01.16 1995.02.08 1995.02.18
p.367
The Right Hon. Ramon John Hnatyshyn,
P.C., C.C., C.M.M.., C.D., Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.D., D.U.
Second Canadian of Ukrainian origin appointed Governor General of Canada.
1989.12.14 1990.01.29 1990.02.03
p.350
The Right Hon. Jeanne Sauvé,
P.C., C.C., C.M.M., C.D.
Appointed first woman Governor General of Canada on December 23, 1983, but installed only on May 14, 1984 because of illness
1984.01.28 1984.05.14 1984.05.19
p.4085
The Right Hon. Edward Richard Schreyer,
P.C., C.C., C.M.M., O.M., C.D., B.A., B.Pd., B.Ed., M.A., LL.D., D.Sc.Soc.
First Canadian of Ukrainian origin appointed Governor General of Canada.
1978.12.28 1979.01.22 1979.01.27
p.468
The Right Hon. Jules Léger,
P.C., C.C., C.M.M., C.D.
1973.10.05 1974.01.14 1974.01.26
p.305
The Right Hon. Daniel Roland Michener,
P.C., C.C., C.M.M., O.Ont., C.D., Q.C., LL.D.
1967.03.29 1967.04.17 1967.04.17
p.1
General The Right Honourable Georges Philias Vanier,
P.C., DSO, MC, C.D.
1959.08.01 1959.09.15 1959.09.19
p.3241
The Right Hon. (Charles) Vincent Massey,
P.C., C.C., CH
First Canadian appointed Governor General of Canada.
1952.02.01 1952.02.28 1952.02.28
p.1
The Viscount Alexander,
KG, P.C., GCB, OM, GCMG, CSI, DSO, MC
1946.03.21 1946.04.12 1946.04.20
p.2431
The Earl of Athlone,
KG, P.C., GCB, GCMG, GCVO, DSO
1940.06.02 1940.06.21 1940.06.29
p.4025
Lord Tweedsmuir,
P.C., GCMG, GCVO, CH
Common designation during tenure as Governor General.
1935.08.10 1935.11.02 1935.11.09
p.1238
The Earl of Bessborough,
P.C., GCMG
1931.03.20 1931.04.04 1931.04.11
p.2856
The Viscount Willingdon,
P.C., GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GBE
1926.08.05 1926.10.02 1926.10.09
p.969
Lord Byng,
GCB, GCMG, MVO
Common designation during tenure as Governor General.
1921.08.02 1921.08.11 1921.08.11
p.1
The Duke of Devonshire,
KG, P.C., GCMG, GCVO
1916.08.08 1916.11.11 1916.11.18
p.1636
H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught,
KG, KT, P.C., KP, GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GCVO, GBE, GCStJ, VD, TD
1911.03.21 1911.10.13 1911.10.21
p.1460
Earl Grey,
P.C., GCB, GCMG, GCVO
1904.09.26 1904.12.10 1904.12.10
p.1
The Earl of Minto,
KG, P.C., GCSI, GCMG, GCIE
1898.07.30 1898.11.12 1898.11.26
p.982
The Earl of Aberdeen,
P.C., KT,GCMG, GCVO
1893.05.22 1893.09.18 1893.09.18
p.1
Lord Stanley,
KG, P.C., GCB, GCVO
Common designation during tenure as Governor General.
1888.05.01 1888.06.11 1888.06.23
p.2641
The Marquess of Lansdowne,
KG, P.C., GCSI, GCMG, GCIE
1883.08.18 1883.10.23 1883.10.27
p.615
The Duke of Argyll (Marquess of / marquis de Lorne),
KG, KT, P.C., GCMG, GCVO
1878.10.05 1878.11.25 1878.11.30
p.621
The Earl of Dufferin,
KP, P.C., GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE
1872.05.22 1872.06.25 1872.07.06
p.3
Lord Lisgar,
P.C., GCB., GCMG
Common designation during tenure as Governor General.
1868.12.29 1869.02.02 1869.02.06
p.454
The Viscount Monck,
P.C., GCMG
1867.06.01 1867.07.01 1867.07.01
p.2
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Updated on: 2014.03.21

Revised on: 2014.03.21

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