November 19, 2023
Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Whit Fraser attended the 110th Grey Cup, the Championship of the Canadian Football League (CFL), in Hamilton, Ontario.
In keeping with longstanding tradition, the Governor General conducted the coin toss to officially kick off the championship game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Montreal Alouettes.
About the Grey Cup and the CFL
In 1909, then-Governor General Earl Grey donated a trophy to the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. Originally, only teams registered with the Canadian Rugby Union were eligible to compete for the trophy, which subsequently became known as the Grey Cup. Over time, Canadian football became markedly different from its rugby origins. The Grey Cup subsequently became the property of the CFL, which had evolved into a professional football league.