Canada Just Got a Badass New Governor General

The Background 

Canada’s next Governor General is used to reaching great heights. Former astronaut Julie Payette, 53, was officially named to the role yesterday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “This is a very great honour for me and my family, for my friends and my colleagues here around the country, on the planet and even a few outside the planet,” she quipped shortly after being appointed on Parliament Hill. Fluently bilingual in English and French, Payette’s impressive resume also includes being the first Canadian woman to board the International Space Station. CBC

Why You Should Care

Besides the fact that she’s absolutely qualified for the job (unlike cabinet members in other countries…ahem.), Payette is an inspirational Canadian on so many levels. Not only is she an astronaut (no easy feat), but she speaks six languages, and is an accomplished athlete, pianist and singer. (We can’t even tick two of those boxes.) She’s a 12th-generation Canadian who loves this country as much as anyone could. She’s promised to work for all Canadians, and to “promote science, technology and the pursuit of knowledge,” as well as embrace our country’s core values: tolerance, openness and team work.

What’s Next?

Payette is expected to take over as the country’s 29th Governor General this fall.