Governor-General Off To Germany On State Visit

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Governor General Mary May Simon and Mr. Fraser serving meals at the Ottawa Mission. Pic: GG Mary May Simon

Ottawa: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced that the Governor-General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary May Simon, will travel to Germany from October 17 to 21, 2021.

She will undertake a State visit to Berlin and Frankfurt, and will represent Canada at the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair.

In Berlin, the Governor General’s program will include meetings with the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. This year, Canada is Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The Canadian program, entitled ‘Singular Plurality’, will focus on innovation in creative industries, the promotion of women and youth, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

The Governor General will attend the opening ceremony and the opening of the Canadian pavilion. The Governor General will also attend a roundtable discussion about Arctic exploration, which will be held at the Frankfurt Archaeological Museum.

Trudeau said: “Canada and Germany are connected by both our diversity and our shared values. The Governor General’s State visit to Germany will reinforce Canada’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, climate and the environment, women and youth empowerment, and reconciliation. Her Excellency’s participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair will be an opportunity to highlight and celebrate Canadian cultural and literary works internationally.”

• This will be Her Excellency’s first visit abroad since becoming 30th Governor General of Canada on July 26, 2021.

• The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest marketplace for trading in publishing rights and licenses.

• More than 3.3 million Canadians have German ancestry.

• In October, Canadians celebrate German Heritage Month and the nine-day Oktoberfest period to recognize the outstanding contributions of people of German descent to Canada.

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