Premier Ford Welcomes Governor General Mary Simon to Ontario

Premier Ford Welcomes Governor General Mary Simon to Ontario

Ceremony at Queen’s Park Marks Her Excellency’s First Official Visit to the Province

March 31, 2022

Office of the Premier

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TORONTO — 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.

Quick Facts

  • 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 Medal.

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