On February 20, 1938, Councilman Bruce Hogg of Northern Vandalia was elevated to the office of Governor-General. Four days earlier, Hogg's party, the People's Coalition, won a 76-74 seat majority in the 1938 Grand Council elections. Sobel does not give the reason for the delay, though it is possible that one or more of the Grand Council elections were close enough to require recounts.
After his investiture, Hogg gave a speech in which he reiterated his commitment to isolationism: "One thing can be promised without a shadow of a doubt. Unless attacked, this country will not fight in a foreign war while I am in office."
Hogg's speech was reported the next day in the Burgoyne Times.