Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces

Commander-In-Chief Of The Canadian Forces

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In Canada, the term Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces () can refer to both the position of supreme commander of the country's armed forces and to the title granted to the viceroy. Constitutionally, command-in-chief is vested in the Canadian sovereign, though these duties have been delegated to the Governor General of Canada, who has consequently been bestowed with the title Commander-in-Chief. By viceregal protocol, the title used with Canadian audiences is Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces and, in international contexts, is Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

Constitutional provisions, title, and delegation

The Constitution Act, 1867, states that "The Command-in-Chief of the Land and Naval Militia, and of all Naval and Military Forces, of and in Canada, is hereby declared to continue to be vested in the Queen." However, beginning in 1904, the exercise of the duties of the commander-in-chief was transferred to the Governor General of Canada, the monarch's representative in the country. The Militia Act from that year stated that "the Command-in-Chief of the Militia is declared to continue and be vested in the King, and shall be administered by His Majesty or by the Governor General as his representative." Following this, in 1905, the letters patent constituting the Office of the Governor General were amended to read the "Letters Patent constituting the Office of the Governor General...
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