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What is the difference between the governor general and the lieutenant governor?


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The Governor General represents Her Majesty the Queen at the federal level, and Lieutenant Governors represent the Queen at the provincial level. Moreover, Lieutenant Governors may choose to reserve royal assent to a bill and present a provincial bill to the Governor General instead; likewise, the Governor General can reserve royal assent and present a federal bill (or provincial bill) to the Queen instead. Also, the Governor General can veto provincial legislation (on the advice of the Government of Canada).