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Ms. Julie Payette will be next Governor General of Canada

Toronto : The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that, on his recommendation, Her Majesty The Queen was pleased to approve the appointment of Ms. Julie Payette as the next Governor General of Canada.

Ms. Payette will serve in succession to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

The installation ceremony for Ms. Payette will take place in the fall.

Former astronaut Julie Payette will become the 29th person to hold the position, and the fourth female to be the monarch’s representative in Canada.

Payette, 53, will have name recognition for Canadians of a certain age, remembering her as the first Canadian female to board the International Space Station in 1999. She went on a second space flight in 2009.

From Montreal, she is fluently bilingual, and she also learned Russian after being named an astronaut.

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