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The prime minister is the head of government, but not the head of state. This role falls to the Queen, who is represented by the governor general. Whether it is something as ceremonial as the opening of Parliament or as crucial as the declaration of war, the prime minister must recognize the formal authority of the monarchy.
Canada Gazette proclamation autographed by Lord Tweedsmuir, Mackenzie King and Ernest Lapointe Copyright/Source