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Premier Ford Welcomes Governor General Mary Simon at Queen’s Park

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TORONTO, March 31, 2022 — Today, Premier Doug Ford is welcoming Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada and Mr. Whit Fraser, on their first official visit to Ontario.

“On behalf of the Ontario government, I am honoured to welcome Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon on her first official visit to our province,” said Premier Doug Ford. “As Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General, she is a role model to so many people across our great country and I look forward to seeing her important work continue during this vital time for our country.”

Premier Ford will join Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the Honourable Ted Arnott, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly to greet the Governor General upon her arrival at Queen’s Park. At the official welcoming ceremony, Her Excellency will inspect a Guard of Honour while a 21-Gun salute is fired. She will then be escorted into the Legislative Building for meetings with both the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier.

Premier Ford and Her Excellency will meet with Indigenous leaders, including Glen Hare, Ontario Regional Chief, and Margaret Froh, President of Métis Nation of Ontario, where they will discuss areas of shared interest.

The Governor General will conclude her visit with an official reception hosted by Deputy Premier Christine Elliott at the Royal Ontario Museum, joined by the Lieutenant Governor, Indigenous leaders and community leaders.

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Here is the official itinerary for Governor General Mary Simon’s visit to Ontario

Toronto
Thursday, March 31, 2022

12:15
Official Welcoming Ceremony at Queen’s Park
 
Their Excellencies will arrive at the Legislative Building at Queen’s Park, and will be greeted by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, and the Honourable Ted Arnott, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. Her Excellency will inspect a guard of honour while a 21-gun salute is fired from Wellesley Street West.
Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, ON M7A 1A2

12:45  
Meeting with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Their Excellencies will meet with the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

1:30    
Meeting with the Premier of Ontario

Their Excellencies will meet with the Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario.
Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, ON M7A 1A2

1:45    
Meeting with members of the First Nations Leadership Council
Their Excellencies and Premier Ford will meet with Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare, Chiefs of Ontario, and members of the First Nations Leadership Council.

2:30    
Meeting with President of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario

Their Excellencies and Premier Ford will meet with Ms. Margaret Froh, President of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario.

4:00
Meeting with the Mayor of the City of Toronto

Their Excellencies will meet with Mayor John Tory at City Hall, and sign the City’s guest book. Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mayor Tory at the main doors of City Hall, where they will walk past the City of Toronto Honour Guard, which includes members of Toronto Police Service, Toronto Fire Services, Toronto Paramedic Services, Toronto Transit Commission and City staff.
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

6:30  
Ontario Cultural Reception at the Royal Ontario Museum

Their Excellencies will attend a reception hosted by the Government of Ontario in their honour. During this reception, Her Excellency will deliver remarks and will have the opportunity to meet with Indigenous leaders and community leaders. Their Excellencies will also receive a private tour of the First Peoples Gallery.

Toronto
Friday, April 1, 2022

10:10  
Visit to Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School

Their Excellencies will visit Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School, which provides Indigenous students with an opportunity to learn about Anishinaabe cultural traditions in a nurturing, caring environment, and empowers them to be future leaders with a strong cultural identity. Their Excellencies will meet with students and faculty.

12:00
Visit to the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada, Toronto Chapter

Their Excellencies will visit the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada. They will meet with members of Toronto’s Ukrainian community, and tour a charitable exhibition of original artworks organized by the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada / USOM in collaboration with the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation / UCAF. They will also sample traditional Ukrainian food, and meet with community volunteers who are sending humanitarian supplies to Ukraine.
145 Evans Ave. #210, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 5X8

 

Quick facts

  • This will be the Governor General’s first official visit since her installation.
  • Her Excellency’s official visit to Toronto is part of a larger objective of visiting each province and territory to engage with Canadians from across the country.
  • The Right Honourable Mary Simon was installed as the 30th Governor General of Canada on July 26, 2021. She was born in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik (Quebec) and is Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General. Her Excellency’s visit to Ontario will be her first official provincial visit since her installation.
  • Throughout her distinguished career, Her Excellency has attained national and international recognition for her work on Arctic and Indigenous issues and as an advocate for Inuit rights and culture.
  • Her Excellency is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, among other distinctions. She is also a recipient of the Governor General’s Northern Medal, the Gold Order of Greenland, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Gold Medal of the Canadian Geographical Society, and the Symons Meda

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