Canada’s new Governor General and representative of the Queen was sworn in yesterday. Julie Payette officially took over her new role with Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski in attendance at the swearing in ceremony.
“It was a pleasure meeting Governor General Payette,” Stetski said. “She is a former astronaut, engineer, and business owner who speaks six languages. Her life experiences will serve Canadians well as she carries out her many roles.”
Stetski maintained the importance of the role the Governor General plays in Canada’s governance.
“Many people don’t realize that our federal government has three parts: the House of Commons, the Senate, and the Governor General. After the Commons and Senate have adopted legislation, it’s the Governor General who signs it in a ceremony called “Royal Assent,” said Mr. Stetski. “The Governor General also opens new sittings of Parliament by reading the Speech from the Throne; she liaises with the offices of the Queen and the royal family and she takes on many ceremonial duties across the country.”