The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Monday, November 26, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Friends, fellow Manitobans, proud Canadians – it is an honour to join you in welcoming Her Excellency, Governor General Julie Payette to the province we all love.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
Today, Your Excellency, we are welcoming you to the province that plays a special part in bringing Canada together.
We welcome you today to the first province in Western Canada. We welcome you to the province with the largest Indigenous community in Canada. We welcome you to the province that brings together Francophone and Anglophone communities, the province that was the first destination of the great waves of Eastern European immigration.
In one of your recent speeches, Your Excellence, you spoke about the experience of travelling in space.
When you look down on the earth from 350 kilometres, you said, you see no borders. You truly see that we all share this home.
Though 12 kilometres up on an airliner is more than high enough for me, I am sure that your observation applies just as much to provincial borders as to national ones.
Here in Manitoba, of course, we love our province. We cheer for our local teams in football and hockey and feel a warm glow of pride when fellow Manitobans win honours for artistic, scientific, humanitarian or other accomplishments.
But we know that the borders that separate us from other Canadians are just lines on a map.
Manitobans are proud to join with their fellow Canadians through volunteer actions, philanthropy and leadership. We work together and take pride in all the accomplishments that make life in our country better.
And we are thrilled to come together to welcome a great Canadian who represents our hopes and dreams and our values on the national and international stage.
Welcome to Manitoba, Your Excellency, and may this visit bring you many new friends and special memories.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.