Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 17, 2008 10:20 ET

Governor General to Lead State Visit to Four European Countries

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2008) - At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, along with her husband, His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond, will make a State visit to the Republic of Hungary, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and the Republic of Slovenia, from November 24 to December 6, 2008.

This State visit will highlight, among other things, democratic transition in the four countries, our historic and cultural ties, our growing trade relationships, and our joint participation in NATO missions, especially the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.

A delegation of Canadians representing a variety of fields-including diversity and governance; minority integration; arts and culture; civic engagement; youth; and the rules of law and freedoms-will play an active role in Their Excellencies' meetings with civil society.

"This visit will be an opportunity to recognize the remarkable strides these four countries have made since the end of the last century," remarked the Governor General. "It will also give us the chance to reinforce and strengthen our ties and alliances in Europe, especially with the European Union."

State visits by governors general play an important role in Canada's relations with other countries.

Information about members of the Canadian delegation is available at www.gg.ca. Blogs written by Their Excellencies and the delegates will be posted on www.citizenvoices.gg.ca.

The detailed itinerary for the State visit (local time) is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/ang.pdf

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