GG-First Nations meetings would be 'inappropriate': Duncan

David Johnston. (AGNÈS CHAPSAL/QMI Agency)

David Johnston. (AGNÈS CHAPSAL/QMI Agency)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:56 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canada's governor general doesn't steer government policy and it would be "inappropriate for him be involved" in future meetings with First Nations, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan says.

"The prime minister has made it quite clear the governor general is not a policy decision-maker," Duncan told reporters in Vancouver on Tuesday. "The governor general has been quite generous, actually, in his ceremonial role."

Gov. Gen. David Johnston held a ceremony for First Nations leaders at his Rideau Hall residence on Jan. 11, following a small working meeting between some chiefs — including Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo — and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.


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