Ceremony at Queen’s Park Marks First Official Visit to Ontario
Canada’s Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, began her first official visit to Ontario this morning with a ceremonial welcome at the Legislative Assembly in Toronto.
Premier Kathleen Wynne joined Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, to greet the Governor General.
Upon arrival at Queen’s Park, she received military honours, including a 100-person guard of honour, the Vice-Regal Salute and a 21-gun salute from 4th Canadian Division/Joint Task Force (Central), including the Governor General’s Horse Guards. Her Excellency was then escorted into the Legislature for meetings with both the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier.
The Governor General’s official visit also includes a meeting with John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, as well as the presentation of honours to close to 60 remarkable Canadians in recognition of excellence, courage and exceptional dedication to service. Her visit will conclude this evening with an official reception hosted by Premier Wynne.
- Julie Payette was installed as the 29th Governor General of Canada on October 2, 2017.
- The Governor General was the first Canadian to board the International Space Station and, as a veteran of two space flights, has logged over 611 hours in space.
- Her Excellency has received many distinctions, including 27 honorary doctorates, and can converse in six languages.
“The Governor General is an inspiration and role model for so many Canadians. As a woman who reached the very top of her field in STEM and a passionate educator, Julie Payette shows us that we can all reach for the stars and make a difference in our communities. I am honoured to welcome her on her first official visit to our province.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario