As an astronaut, an engineer and a woman, Julie Payette will make her mark as governor general
Julie Payette is one of 10 Canadians to go to space, and the second Canadian woman to do so. She has degrees in engineering, worked for IBM before joining the Canadian Space Agency, was chief operating officer of the Montreal Science Centre, speaks a half dozen languages, plays the piano and is an accomplished singer.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will introduce her as Canada’s next governor general.
The symbolism of that appointment — officially made by the Queen, whom Trudeau spoke with last week — will not be what some imagined it might be. But the country will soon be officially represented by an accomplished female astronaut and scientist. And that has a symbolic quality all its own.