Julie Payette to take on many roles as Governor General

Former astronaut, and Governor General designate, Julie Payette, smiles on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, after she was introduced on Thursday July 13, 2017. (Fred Chartrand / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Laura Payton, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer, CTV News, July 13, 2017 

OTTAWA — Former astronaut Julie Payette is already adapting to her new role as Governor General Designate, sidestepping a tricky question about the role of the monarchy in a modern democracy like a seasoned diplomat.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to respond to this question at this time,” she said, before referencing her “incredible” predecessors and promising to listen to Canadians across the country.

Payette will this fall become the very public face of the Crown in Canada, a position that is in some ways ceremonial.

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