Governor General Visiting Winnipeg on Wednesday

Canada's Governor General Michaelle Jean (R) greets visitors during a ceremony at the Shanghai World Expo site on Canada Pavilion Day, July 1, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

Canada’s Governor General will be returning to Winnipeg to spend two days in the city beginning tomorrow.

Michaëlle Jean will host a Youth Dialogue honouring North Point Douglas residents on Wednesday for ridding their community of guns, gangs and drugs. In June 2007, she held an Urban Arts Forum, in which neighbourhood youth pleaded for help to get rid of the gangs terrorizing their community. Jean will be accompanied by Winnipeg police Chief Keith McCaskill and Mayor Sam Katz at the Norquay Community Centre at 2 p.m.

Jean will start her tour by meeting Manitoba’s Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee at Government House for a photo op, before making her way next door to the Manitoba Legislative Building, where Premier Greg Selinger will show her an original Magna Carta.

Also on the GG’s agenda is a visit to the Graffiti Gallery and a park naming and tree planting ceremony in North Point Douglas following the Youth Dialogue.

On Thursday, Jean will visit Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, accompanied by artistic director André Lewis, where she will watch Company dancers in morning class, tour the building, sit in on a portion of company rehearsal, and meet with the RWB’s board and staff.

From there, it’s off to an Inauguration of the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art as part of the official opening of the Buhler Centre.

Michaëlle Jean was last in Winnipeg back in June. This is believed to be her last stop in the city as the Governor General, before she is replaced following the end of her term.


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