Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 30, 2014 10:21 ET

Governor General of Canada to Welcome the President of the French Republic in Banff and Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 30, 2014) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will welcome His Excellency François Hollande, President of the French Republic, during his State visit to Canada, from November 2 to 4, 2014.

The visit will begin in Banff, Alberta, on November 2, 2014, where the Governor General will host an official welcoming ceremony and a State luncheon in honour of President Hollande. Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in attendance.

On November 3, President Hollande will visit Rideau Hall, the official residence of the governor general of Canada, in Ottawa, Ontario. There, he will meet Their Excellencies, attend a working breakfast to discuss education, innovation and research collaboration, present the Legion of Honour to Canadian veterans of the Second World War, and plant a commemorative tree in honour of his visit.

The detailed itinerary of the events taking place in Banff and at Rideau Hall can be found below. The events taking place in Banff are indicated in Mountain Standard Time (MST). Those taking place at Rideau Hall are indicated in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Banff, Alberta
Sunday, November 2
1:15 p.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony
An official welcoming ceremony, with military honours, will take place in the presence of the Governor General and the Prime Minister. President Hollande will review the guard of honour.
Outdoor Terrace, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
OPEN TO MEDIA - Media pool in some areas
1:30 p.m.
State Luncheon
The Governor General will host a State luncheon in honour of President Hollande's visit to Canada. The Governor General and President Hollande will deliver remarks on this occasion.
Cascade Ballroom, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
MEDIA POOL - For official remarks when the State luncheon begins
Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Ontario
Monday, November 3
8:15 a.m.
Meeting Between Their Excellencies and President Hollande
Large Drawing Room, Rideau Hall
MEDIA POOL PHOTO OP - At the beginning of the meeting
8:30 a.m.
Working Breakfast Discussion on Education, Innovation and Research Collaboration
The Governor General and President Hollande will attend a working breakfast with members of the French delegation and Canadian representatives to discuss education, innovation and research collaboration. The discussion will take place with presidents of universities, and heads of academic, research and innovation organizations and associations.
Large Dining Room, Rideau Hall
MEDIA POOL PHOTO OP - At the beginning of the meeting for remarks
9:30 a.m.
Presentation Ceremony of the Legion of Honour
Six Canadian veterans of the Second World War, who actively contributed to the liberation of Western Europe, will be bestowed the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier (Knight) by President Hollande. Both President Hollande and the Governor General will deliver remarks on this occasion.
The Legion of Honour is France's highest distinction and one of the world's best known. For two centuries, it has been bestowed on behalf of the head of State to reward those citizens who are most deserving in all fields of endeavour. Instituted in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Legion of Honour pays tribute to individuals who have distinguished themselves by outstanding military or civilian achievements. Nearly a million people have received this decoration since it was created. To find out more, visit in French only).
Tent Room, Rideau Hall
10:05 a.m.
Ceremonial Tree Planting
President Hollande will plant a bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis) on the Rideau Hall grounds. This tree was chosen to symbolize the enduringly strong, close diplomatic ties between Canada and France. It will be located near the tree planted by François Mitterrand, former president of France, during the last State visit to Canada by a French President, in 1987.
Rideau Hall Grounds


To cover events in Banff, media representatives must confirm their attendance ahead of time through the Rideau Hall Press Office (Marie-Pierre Bélanger; 613-852-3248, They are asked to arrive by 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, November 2, 2014, in the Princess Room, located in the Executive Boardroom area of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, to be accredited. Media representatives will be asked to present valid photo ID along with their media affiliation.


To cover events at Rideau Hall, media representatives must be accredited beforehand by the Parliamentary Press Gallery and confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office. Media representatives are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to events taking place. For further accreditation information, please contact the Press Gallery at 613-992-6517 or email

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