Governor General Julie Payette pays first official visit to Alberta

Governor General Julie Payette speaks at the Governor General's Literary Awards ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Patrick Doyle, The Canadian Press

Canada’s Governor General paid tribute to Alberta in a speech to the legislature during her first official visit to the province.

Julie Payette said Alberta is “the economic powerhouse of Canada” and she urged legislators to continue to seek avenues of teamwork and common ground.

She told the legislature that without a strong Alberta, Canada would not be able to reach its full potential in the future.

Payette was welcomed to the legislature with full military honours, including a 21-gun salute.

Her speech was part of a two-day trip through the province.

She is also scheduled to meet with officials of Canmet Energy in nearby Devon to learn more about their work on developing cleaner fossil fuels.

Payette is in Calgary on Wednesday where the former astronaut is to discuss space exploration with students at Robert Thirsk High School.

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She also plans to visit the University of Calgary to learn about computer-assisted advances in neurosurgery and is scheduled to meet high school students at WinSport, a training facility for high-performance athletes.

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Payette’s visit comes on the same day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also in Edmonton and Calgary.

— With a file from Karen Bartko, Global News

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