UPDATE: Former astronaut named next Governor General

By The Canadian Press
July 13, 2017 - 6:48am Updated: July 13, 2017 - 11:18am

OTTAWA -- Former astronaut Julie Payette will be Canada's next Governor General.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement Thursday, July 13.

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.

She has corporate and board experience through her time at the Canadian Space Agency and as a vice-president at the Canada Lands Company, which oversees the sales of unneeded federal properties.

(The Canadian Press) 

Officials 'scrambling' to meet needs of B.C. wildfire evacuees: minister

Join the Discussion

We are happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.