Governor General David Johnston says thanks and goodbye

Canada’s third longest-serving Governor General, David Johnston said goodbye to the office he called home for more than seven years.
David Johnston assumed the role as Canada’s 28th Governor General in 2010 and today, reflected on his time as the Queen’s representative in Canada.

He said, “I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to give back to the country I love so much.”During his term, Johnston, 76, oversaw more than 600 events, attended 330 military events and has delivered more than 1,400 speeches.

Julie Payette, a former astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency, will assume the role of new Governor General on Oct. 2.

The role of the governor general is to be the Queen’s representative to Canada.