Julie Payette has resigned as Canada’s Governor General and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a new vice-regal will be selected “in due course. In the interim, Canada’s Chief Justice Richard Wagner will act as Governor General. 

Although the replacement will be chosen by Trudeau and presented to Queen Elizabeth II, Canadians have their own ideas as to who should fill the role.

Prominent Figures in Hockey

Rebel Media has begun circulating a petition to have the prolific Hockey Night in Canada anchor Don Cherry fill the role. The petition has already gained traction online as 1,600 people signed off on the idea.

The National Post’s Tristin Hopper floated the idea to have Wayne Gretzky assume the role of Governor General. Will “The Great One” be willing to return to Canada to fulfill this prestigious role?  

Another Astronaut

The first Canadian to walk in space is a household name for Canadians. Commander Chris Hadfield is no stranger to attention and has a large following on social media. But we all know how well the last astronaut turned out in this position. 


Even the Canadians who are apathetic about the royal family are humouring the idea of Prince Harry taking up the mantle of Governor General. His celebrity status and connection to the monarchy has given the young royal even more attention on social media in recent days.

Honourable mentions

Not only are Canadians quickly recommending themselves for the role of Governor General, but other notable suggestions also include Ed the Sock, Rick Mercer and Donald Trump.

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