By Jeff Lagerquist, CTV News, July 12, 2017
Julie Payette may be going from depths of outer space to the stately corridors of Rideau Hall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce Canada’s 29th governor general outside the doors of the Senate on Thursday.
According to the Canadian Press, sources say Payette is the top contender for the job.
Payette neatly ticks two key boxes for the Trudeau Liberals; upholding the tradition of selecting a Francophone governor general when an Anglophone leaves the job, and following through on the government’s push for more women in key leadership roles.
Born in Montreal, the 53-year-old is best known for logging more than 600 hours in space over two NASA flights, STS-96 in 1999 on the Space Shuttle Discovery, and STS-127 in 2009 on the Space Shuttle Endeavour.