The Queen’s representatives to Canada and Manitoba will be heading to Flin Flon next week, just in time for the early stages of Culture Days.
Both Governor General Julie Payette and Manitoba Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon are slated to visit Flin Flon next week ahead of this year’s Culture Days celebrations.
Payette will be in Flin Flon Sept. 26, while Filmon will arrive on the same day, leaving for Winnipeg Sept. 28.
Filmon’s appearance in Flin Flon comes during a tour of the north, including stops in The Pas Sept. 25 and Cranberry Portage Sept. 26 before arriving in Flin Flon on the afternoon of the 26th. Filmon will be joined by her husband, former Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon.
Payette will also be undertaking a northern tour at the time of her visit.
It will be the first official visit to the community for both representatives since they began their tenures. Payette became Canada’s 29th Governor General in October 2017, while Filmon assumed office in June 2015, appointed by Payette’s predecessor David Johnston.
This year’s edition of Flin Flon Culture Days will begin with programming Sept. 26, starting on Thursday for the first time since its inception. The events will continue Sept. 26-29, including Dancing Down Main Street on Sept. 29.
The Governor General serves as the representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Canada and is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. The governor’s duties include delivering the Speech from the Throne, swearing the Prime Minister into office, granting Royal Assent to acts of Parliament and summoning, proroguing and dissolving Parliament. In this capacity, Payette dissolved Parliament and called the opening of the current federal election period Sept. 11.
Over the past few months, Payette has made appearances at several regional events in eastern Canada and at a number of ceremonial events in and around Ottawa, as well as travel for events in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Netherlands, Poland and Peru.
Lieutenant Governors in Canada serve a similar purpose at a provincial level, serving as the Queen’s Royal representative, acting as the province’s official host and recognizing outstanding citizens.
A detailed itinerary will be released in next week’s issue of The Reminder.