The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
News & Events
  • Print Preview
  • Print: 
  •  Send to Facebook (Opens in a new window)
  •  Send to Twitter (Opens in a new window)
  • Send to E-mail (Opens in a new window)
  • Share: 


150-Day Countdown to Canada’s 150th

August 4, 2016 

Message from the Governor General on the Occasion of
the 150-Day Countdown to Canada’s 150th 

OTTAWA —Today, we mark the 150-day countdown to Canada’s sesquicentennial. 

For 150 years, we have built strong communities and we have been innovative and compassionate because we desire a better country.  Getting there means imagining the Canada of tomorrow and doing what we can to make that a reality. 

I look forward to welcoming all Canadians to Rideau Hall in Ottawa and the Citadelle in Québec next year because celebrations will happen here! Both official residences will host some fantastic public events and ceremonies honouring Canadians who have made this a great nation. 

What a year 2017 will be! Not only will we celebrate Canada’s 150th, we will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada and the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup. 

Our stories shape our country, and it’s our duty to share them far and wide. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, I invite Canadians to share these stories and to get involved in the celebrations as a gift from one generation to the next. 

Let’s get ready to celebrate this momentous occasion, 150 years in the making! 

David Johnston 


The video version of this message can be viewed at

Media information

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office


Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.