Governor General to visit Argentina to attend the presidential inauguration of Her Excellency Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

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December 7, 2007 

OTTAWA — At the request of the Prime Minister, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Jean-Daniel Lafond, will make an official visit to Argentina from December 8 to 11, 2007. The Governor General will represent Canada at the inauguration of President-elect Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on December 10, 2007.

Participation by Their Excellencies in the inauguration reflects the importance of Canada’s commitment to the Americas and highlights the strong ties between Canada and Argentina.

The Governor General and Mr. Lafond will meet with the new president at a bilateral meeting scheduled for December 11.

Sunday, December 9

12:00 noon
Visit – Project with young people of La Cava
The University of Buenos Aires has set up a youth project in the poor district of La Cava, which must cope with social problems on a daily basis. Their Excellencies will meet a number of youth who have been given video cameras so they can film their surroundings and lifestyle. They will view videos and speak with youth in the program and its leaders.

10:00 p.m.
Greetings to the presidential couple
Their Excellencies will attend a reception and dinner given by the President of Argentina, His Excellency, Néstor Kirchner, and the President-elect of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Monday, December 10

9:30 a.m.
Governor General — Round table with women leaders of Argentina
The Governor General will meet with women who are leaders of Argentina’s civil society to discuss human rights, democracy and social change. Participants will include social and human rights activists, leaders in the area of women’s rights, young community leaders, private sector managers and film directors.

10:30 a.m.
His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond — Meeting with representatives of Ciné Ojo
During this meeting, the focus will be on the status of documentary films in Argentina and in Canada. A co-production agreement between the two countries was signed in 1988. Ciné Ojo is a documentary film production company dedicated to autonomous cinematography.

3:00 p.m.
Presidential inauguration ceremony
Their Excellencies will attend the inauguration of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Tuesday, December 11

Meeting with the President of Argentina
As per Argentinean protocol, the Governor General and Mr. Lafond will meet with the new president of Argentina to discuss bilateral relations between Canada and Argentina.


Media interested in obtaining photos of the visit are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office.

Media information
Marthe Blouin
Press Secretary to the Governor General

Isabelle Serrurier
Rideau Hall Press Office