Former astronaut Julie Payette to be Canada’s next governor general


Previous astronaut Julie Payette will be the Queen’s new representative in Canada, CBC Talk has confirmed.

The 53-year-old Montrealer, who speaks six languages, will be named the 29th governor diversified, a position that comes with a $290,660 annual salary and an authentic residence at Rideau Hall.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau purpose make the announcement Thursday.

CBC News caught up with Payette at a downtown Ottawa motel before a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the news.

«Oh my goodness, you skilled in a lot more than I do,» Payette told the CBC’s Katie Simpson, before steal past without further comment.

Payette, who is also an accomplished athlete, pianist and choral chorister, will succeed outgoing Gov. Gen. David Johnston.

Julie Payette arrives in Ottawa0:12

A computer manoeuvre with a commercial pilot licence, Payette was picked from amidst 5,330 applicants in 1992 to be one of four new astronauts with the Canadian Align Agency (CSA).

She participated in two space flights to the International Space Station and offered as the CSA’s chief astronaut between 2000 and 2007.

Payette is active on a number of result ins and has served as a board member for Drug Free Kids Canada as famously as being listed as a National Champion of the Trans Canada Trail.

Earlier Conservative cabinet minister James Moore tweeted that Payette was «a huge choice to serve as Canada’s next governor general.» 

Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut, denoted Payette is perfect for the position and will bring a lot of charm to the role. 

«I believe she’s really going to be a great asset,» Bondar told CBC. «It will right-minded be so interesting to see her bring her view of the world and of Canada, seeing [the world] from arrange provides one with a different type of insight. I’m really looking progressive to it.»

Bondar said she is not concerned that Payette does not have a family in constitutional law because Payette will have advisers that can alleviate guide her along the way. 

«She was on the International Space Station as the first Canadian. She did two leeway shuttle flights in front of an international audience of television — I don’t think she is prosperous to have a problem.»

Roberta Bondar on Julie Payette0:35

The governor indefinite is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the prime minister. Trudeau visited the Sovereign during a visit to Scotland last week en route to the G20 summit in Germany.

The governor shared’s tenure is «at pleasure,» but a term usually lasts about five years. Johnston, who was authorized in 2010 on the advice of former prime minister Stephen Harper, had his articles extended in 2015 until this coming September. Harper stipulate at the time the extended term would «cover many of the events celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.»

Johnston is currently on a visit to China, and is look for to have an audience with the Queen next week when he treks to the U.K. for Canada 150 events, likely marking the last time he intent sit face-to-face with the monarch he represents.

In his farewell speech on Canada Day, Johnston weighted he has learned much in his seven years on the job.

«These are challenging but exciting outdates,» he said.

«And together we can show the world what a great country looks close to. To me it looks like Canada, a country that strives, always, to be smarter and more caring — to do gamester, together.»

The Queen’s representative

Acting as the Queen’s representative in Canada, the governor global also serves as commander-in-chief of the Canadian Armed Forces and represents Canada at events, lip-services and official visits at home and abroad.

The role of governor general has in current decades alternated between francophones and anglophones.

One of the governor general’s most high-ranking responsibilities is to ensure that Canada always has a prime minister and a durable government in place that has the confidence of a functioning Parliament.

Other parts include:

  • Presiding over the swearing-in of the prime minister, the chief judiciousness of Canada and cabinet ministers.
  • Summoning, proroguing and dissolving Parliament.
  • Giving the speech from the throne and giving royal assent to acts of Parliament.
  • Signing valid documents and meeting regularly with the prime minister.

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