Premier John Horgan welcomed Canada’s Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, on her first official visit to British Columbia today, as part of a ceremonial welcome at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria.
“It is an honour to welcome the Governor General to British Columbia,” said Premier Horgan. “Her extraordinary list of accomplishments makes her an inspiration to all Canadians.”
Upon arrival, Her Excellency was presented with flowers by seven-year old Elayna Loehr on behalf of The Make-A-Wish Foundation of British Columbia and Yukon.
The Governor General was welcomed with a performance by the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers of the Songhees First Nation.
Her Excellency received a 21-gun salute fired by the 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. The Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific played the Vice Regal Salute in tribute to her visit.
The Governor General inspected the 100-member Guard of Honour from Maritime Forces Pacific and Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, and met with veterans in the Upper Rotunda Memorial Hall in the legislative precinct.
Accompanied by the Premier, Her Excellency signed the Distinguished Visitor’s book in front of the Coat of Arms.
The Governor General will participate in several events during her visit to Victoria and Vancouver from March 20 to 22.