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Power to Her Majesty to authorise Governor-General to appoint Deputies.

126. The Queen may authorise the Governor-General to appoint any person, or any persons jointly or severally, to be his deputy or deputies479 within any part of the Commonwealth, and in that capacity to exercise during the pleasure of the Governor-General such powers and functions of the Governor-General as he thinks fit to assign to such deputy or deputies, subject to any limitations expressed or directions given by the Queen; but the appointment of such deputy or deputies shall not affect the exercise by the Governor-General himself of any power or function.

CANADA.—It shall be lawful for the Queen, if Her Majesty thinks fit, to authorize the Governor-General from time to time to appoint any person or any persons jointly or severally to be his Deputy or Deputies within any part or parts of Canada, and in that capacity to exercise during the pleasure of the Governor-General such of the powers, authorities, and functions of the Governor-General as the Governor-General deems it necessary or expedient to assign to him or them, subject to any limitations or directions expressed or given by the Queen; but the appointment of such a Deputy or Deputies shall not affect the exercise by the Governor-General himself of any power, authority, or function.—B.N.A. Act, 1867, sec. 14.

HISTORICAL NOTE.—Clause 2, Chap. VII., of the Commonwealth Bill of 1891, was in almost identical words, and was adopted verbatim at the Adelaide session, 1897. At the Melbourne session, suggestions by the Legislative Assembly of South Australia, to limit the provision to a single deputy for the whole Commonwealth, and to omit the concluding sentence, were negatived. (Conv. Deb., Melb., pp. 712–3.) Verbal amendments were made after the fourth report.

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