60 Seconds with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada

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Her Excellency: I brought my own prop.

Off-camera: I heard, which is much cooler than what we have.

Her Excellency: Hello, my name is Julie Payette. I am the Governor General of Canada and the Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces, and I am going to take the 60 second challenge with my astronaut training helmet. So, here we go. Three, two, one, and lift off.

  1. What does the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief do?

Work with the government and showcase the troops. Very important.

  1. Tell us a fun fact about you.

When I was in the selection for astronauts in 1992, we were to report at a certain time for the selection, and I arrived late because of traffic in Ottawa, and I’d given a lift to a certain gentleman called Chris Hadfield. So, he had arrived late too because of me.

  1. What is it like representing the Canadian Armed Forces?

A real honour.

  1. What’s the coolest part about being an astronaut?

Seeing the planet from above. It looks like a marble on the back of the darkness.

  1. What challenges remain today for women?

To work and take care of your family at the same time.

  1. Favourite line in O Canada?

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

One more.

  1. What advice would you give women considering a career in the Canadian Armed Forces?

Go for it. It’s really rewarding.

Au revoir.

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