Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to Manitoba

November 22, 2018

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will undertake an official visit to Manitoba on November 26 and 27, 2018.

During this visit, the Governor General will meet with provincial officials and community members. She will also have an opportunity to witness the dynamic Franco-Manitoban community and the incredible work being done by Bear Clan Patrol volunteers. She will also visit Canadian Forces Base 17 Wing Winnipeg.

Below is Her Excellency’s detailed itinerary. Times are indicated in Central Standard Time (CST-6).

Monday, November 26


9:30 a.m.
Meeting with the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Her Excellency will meet with Their Honours the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, and the Honourable Gary Albert Filmon.

10 a.m.  
Official Welcoming Ceremony

Her Excellency will be officially welcomed to the province by Her Honour the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba; the Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba; and the Honourable Myrna Driedger, Speaker of the House. She will receive military honours that will include a guard of honour, the “Viceregal Salute” and a 21-gun salute from 17 Wing Winnipeg.
Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg
MEDIA CONTACT: Tobi Brown, 204-945-1014​,

10:30 a.m. 
Meeting with the Premier of Manitoba

The Governor General will meet with the Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba.

11:15 a.m.
Visit to Université de Saint-Boniface

The Governor General will visit Université de Saint-Boniface on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. Upon arrival, Her Excellency will tour the nursing science laboratory where she will see students practising their nursing skills on mannequins.

Université de Saint-Boniface is the only French-language university in the province of Manitoba. For more information, visit
Université de Saint-Boniface, 200 avenue de la Cathédrale, Winnipeg
MEDIA CONTACT: Louis St-Cyr, 204-451-1430,

12:20 p.m.
Celebration of Francophone Culture in Manitoba

Her Excellency will participate in a celebration of Francophone culture at Fort Gibraltar. The event will be hosted by the Société de la francophonie manitobaine, the Festival du Voyageur and le Centre culturel franco-manitobain, and will feature traditional fiddle music. On this occasion, Her Excellency will deliver brief remarks.

Fort Gibraltar was a fur trade-era fort built in 1809 by the North-West Company, near the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. For more information, visit
Fort Gibraltar, Maison du Bourgeois, 866 Saint-Joseph Street, Winnipeg
OPEN TO MEDIA—During the speeches only
MEDIA CONTACT: Nicolas Audette, 204-258-2560,

2:30 p.m.
Visit to the University of Manitoba

The Governor General will visit the University of Manitoba where she will tour the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, and the Nellie Cournoyer Arctic Research Centre.

The University of Manitoba was founded in 1877 and was Western Canada’s first university. It is a top research-intensive post-secondary educational institution. For more information, visit
196 Innovation Drive, Winnipeg
OPEN TO MEDIA—During the tour of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals
MEDIA CONTACT: Janine Harasymchuk,

5 p.m.
Official Reception Hosted by the Lieutenant Governor

The Lieutenant Governor will host a reception in honour of Her Excellency’s official visit. The Governor General will take this opportunity to meet and speak with key provincial leaders and with people who have contributed to their communities. Her Excellency and the Lieutenant Governor will deliver remarks at the reception.
Government House of Manitoba, 10 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg
OPEN TO MEDIA—During the speeches only
MEDIA CONTACT: Tobi Brown, 204-945-1014,

6:45 p.m.
Walk with Bear Clan Patrol

The Governor General will have an opportunity to see first-hand the incredible work being done by the volunteers of the Bear Clan Patrol to keep the community safe.

The Patrol is a community-based solution to crime prevention that provides a sense of safety, solidarity and belonging to both its members and to the communities it serves. For more information, visit
548 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg
MEDIA CONTACT: James Favel, 204-805-2120,

Tuesday, November 27

9:30 a.m.
Visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Her Excellency will spend the morning touring the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. For more information, visit
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg
PHOTO OP—During the tour of the Canadian Journeys gallery. Media are asked to enter the museum via the Group Entrance.
MEDIA CONTACT: Maureen Fitzhenry, 204-782-8442,

11:40 a.m.
Visit to Canadian Forces Base 17 Wing Winnipeg

Upon arrival at CFB 17 Wing Winnipeg, Her Excellency will receive an overview of the Combined Air Operations Centre. Afterwards, she will meet with the crew of 402 Squadron before visiting with 435 Squadron to learn more about their transport and rescue mission.

17 Wing is a composite formation conducting and supporting flying operations and a variety of training and command functions. The Wing also supports 113 units stretching from Thunder Bay, Ontario, to the Saskatchewan/Alberta border, and from the 49th parallel to the high Arctic. For more information, visit
CFB Winnipeg, 715 Wihuri Road, Winnipeg
OPEN TO MEDIA —During the visit with 435 Squadron. Media must meet at the 17 Wing Winnipeg Gate (Wihuri Road) no later than 11:20 a.m.
MEDIA CONTACT: Second Lieutenant Becky Major, 204-229-6353,


Media information:

Ashlee Smith
Press Secretary to the Governor General
343-548-1857 (cell)

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