Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

January 10, 2008 10:44 ET

Their Excellencies to Visit Western Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 10, 2008) - Their Excellencies, the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond, will undertake a regional visit to Western Canada from January 17 to 25, 2008.

Their Excellencies will begin their visit in Calgary, where they will take part in the official opening of the High Performance Rodeo festival, of which Mr. Lafond is the honorary patron. The festival will also serve as a backdrop for an Art Matters forum exploring the theme of "Art in an Economic Boom."

Their Excellencies will also be making their first visit to the Okanagan Valley to meet with wine industry representatives.

The visit west will conclude in Vancouver, where the Governor General will take part in her sixth Urban Arts Forum to discover how young Vancouver artists are putting their talents to use for the greater good. She will also meet with mayors and representatives of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Canadian Housing Action Network to discuss the issue of homelessness and affordable housing in Canada.

A detailed itinerary will be released prior to the visit.

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