Former astronaut named Canada’s next Governor General.

Former astronaut Julie Payette will be Canada’s next Governor General.

Julie Payette,a 53-year-old from Montreal is going to become the fourth female to be the monarch’s representative in Canada when she is sworn in later this year.

She will be taking over from Gov. Gen. David Johnston, whose term expires in September.

Payette was the first Canadian female to board the International Space Station in 1999. She went on a second space flight in 2009.
The Governor General is the military’s commander-in-chief, but acts on the advice of the government.