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Itinerary: Official Visits to Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick

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November 5, 2010

Governor General to Undertake Official Visits to Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will undertake official visits to Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick from November 8 to 10, 2010

During both visits, Their Excellencies will meet with the lieutenant governors and premiers of the provinces, and participate in official functions and ceremonies. They will also have the opportunity to meet with Canadians and exchange on the importance of building a smart and caring nation, and on the essential role of philanthropy in today’s society.

In Prince Edward Island, His Excellency will be this year’s keynote speaker at the 2010 Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation.

“I am very delighted and truly honoured to deliver the keynote address at the prestigious Symons Lecture in Charlottetown, where I will highlight my vision of a smart and caring nation,” said His Excellency. 

In New Brunswick, Their Excellencies will visit CFB Gagetown to meet with and extend their support to the troops and their families.

Monday, November 8
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

10 a.m.
Meeting with Their Honours the Honourable Barbara A. Hagerman, Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island, and Mr. Nelson Hagerman
Government House (Fanningbank), Charlottetown
PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies

10:45 a.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony at Province House
Their Excellencies will be welcomed by the Honourable Robert W.J. Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island. The Governor General will receive military honours, which will include the 21-Gun Salute and the inspection of the guard of honour.
Province House, Charlottetown
OPEN TO MEDIA

11 a.m.
Meeting with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
The Honourable Kathleen Casey, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, will greet Their Excellencies to Province House and offer them a tour of the Confederation Chamber and the Legislative Assembly.
Province House, Charlottetown
PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies and at the signature of the guest book in the Legislative Chamber

11:25 a.m.
Meeting with the Honourable Robert W.J. Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island
Speaker’s Library, Province House, Charlottetown
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting

1 p.m.
Governor General to Deliver 2010 Symons Lecture
The Governor General, accompanied by his wife Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Johnston, will attend the 8th national Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation. During the event, he will receive the Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Symons Medal and, at approximately 1:45 p.m., will deliver the lecture entitled “A Smart and Caring Nation: A Call to Service.” A question-period with the audience will follow.

The Symons Medal and Lecture provides a national platform for a distinguished Canadian to discuss the current state and future prospects of Confederation. It also gives all Canadians an opportunity to reflect upon their country and its future. The Medal ceremony and Lecture are held each year to mark the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation in Charlottetown in 1864.
Homburg Theatre, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown
OPEN TO MEDIA

3 p.m.
“Fire side Chat” with University Students from the Maritimes
Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with over 50 students from universities across the Maritimes who attended the Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation.
Studio Theatre, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown
PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies and at the beginning of the discussion 

Tuesday, November 9
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

10 a.m.
Round table with Local Service Clubs and Not-For-Profit Organizations
The Governor General will discuss the importance and the benefits of volunteerism and philanthropy, as well as the successes and challenges with local services clubs and not-for-profit organizations.
Coles Building, Charlottetown
PHOTO OP—During the opening remarks and at the beginning of the discussion.

10 a.m.
Visit to Prince Street Elementary School and Meeting with Representatives Involved in the Smart Start Program
Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit the school and speak with educators, administrators and parents involved in the Smart Start program. She will also participate in different activities with the children.

Smart Start is a school-based licensed early childhood development and family support program, offered to support the overall growth and development of children ages 2-5 years old. The main goals of the program are to assist children in developing their skills and abilities to best prepare them for success at home and at school, while at the same time providing information and support to parents to maximize their child’s potential.
Prince Street Elementary School, 60 Upper Prince Street, Charlottetown
PHOTO OP—Activities with Her Excellency and the children at 10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, November 9
Fredericton, New Brunswick

2:30 p.m.
Official Arrival at Fredericton International Airport
Upon their arrival in the province, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by Their Honours  the Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, and Mrs. Elizabeth Nicholas.
Fredericton International Airport, Fredericton
PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies

3 p.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony at the Legislative Assembly
Their Excellencies will be greeted by Their Honours the Honourable Graydon Nicholas and Mrs. Elizabeth Nicholas, and introduced to the Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick, and his wife Ms. Rhonda Alward. The Governor General will receive military honours, which will include the 21-Gun Salute and the inspection of the guard of honour.
Queen Street, Legislative Assembly, Fredericton
OPEN TO MEDIA

3:15 p.m.
Meeting with Cabinet Members
The Premier of New Brunswick will introduce his 15 Cabinet members to Their Excellencies. The introduction will be followed by Their Excellencies signing the guest book.
Legislative Assembly, Fredericton

PHOTO OP—During the introduction of Cabinet members and the signing of the guest book

3:30 p.m.
Meeting with the Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick, and the Honourable Dale Graham, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
Speaker’s Office, Legislative Assembly, Fredericton
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting

Wednesday, November 10
Fredericton, New Brunswick

8:30 a.m.
Meeting with Mr. Dan R. Keenan, Deputy Mayor of Fredericton
Upon their arrival at City Hall, Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mr. Dan R. Keenan, Deputy Mayor of Fredericton and introduced to members of the municipal council. Following a meeting with Mr. Keenan, Their Excellencies will visit the Council Chamber and given an overview by students of a series of tapestries depicting the history of Fredericton. 
Fredericton City Hall, Fredericton
PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies and at the beginning of the meeting with the Deputy Mayor and during the overview by students
 

9:45 a.m.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Provincial Cenotaph
On the eve of Remembrance Day, Their Excellencies will lay a wreath at Fredericton’s Provincial Cenotaph and will also have the opportunity to meet with veterans, cadets and middle school students. The Premier of New Brunswick will be among the dignitaries attending the event.
Provincial Cenotaph, Fredericton
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:15 a.m.
Launch of the Citizen Initiative, Learning: Everybody’s Project
Their Excellencies will attend the discussion launching Learning: Everybody’s Project. The Governor General will deliver remarks in front of 80 participants representing different sectors of society, as well as many of the stakeholders. The initiative will invite New Brunswickers to participate in a public discussion on the value of learning at all stages of life; the roles of government, community, family and individuals in nurturing a learning society; and the actions that can be taken collectively to actively embrace a learning culture.

Sponsored by Roundtable NB2026, this citizen engagement initiative is aimed at engaging New Brunswickers on the topic of their learning culture. The objective of the project is to engage in a collaborative and deliberative process to identify what form New Brunswick’s ‘culture of learning’ takes, to collectively articulate learning as a core value of their province, and to mobilize all parties around the resulting consensus.
STU Conference Centre, Fredericton
OPEN TO MEDIA

Wednesday, November 10
Oromocto, New Brunswick

12:35 p.m.
Visit to CFB Gagetown
Before leaving New Brunswick, Their Excellencies will visit CFB Gagetown. The Governor General will meet with commanders and commander staff, as well as with members of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, and will visit the Combat Training Centre and the 403 Squadron.  Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon Johnston will meet with representatives of the Wellness Committee, and visit the Military Family Resource Centre.

CFB Gagetown was officially opened in 1958 as a training facility. With 1 100 square kilometres of training area, CFB Gagetown is the second largest military base in Canada and the largest training facility in Eastern Canada. The base and the units stationed there provide full-time employment to approximately 3 500 military members and 1 500 civilians.
CFB Gagetown, Oromocto
PHOTO OP—Visits to the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment and the Military Family Resource Centre

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Media Information:

Prior to the official visits:                               
Marie-Ève Létourneau                                    
Rideau Hall Press Office                                
613-998-0287                                                 
613-302-0912 (cell)                                        
marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca              

During the official visits:
Joanne Charette
Official Spokesperson to the Governor General
613-852-5364 (cell)
joanne.charette@gg.ca
www.gg.ca