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Media Advisory: Governor General to Celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/27/14 -- On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will attend the Canada Day Noon Show on Parliament Hill.

Their Excellencies will be joined by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and the Honourable Shelley Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, as well as thousands of Canadians and visitors. The Governor General will inspect the guard of honour upon his arrival and deliver a speech later on in the program.

At approximately 3 p.m., following the Canada Day Noon Show, Their Excellencies will return to Rideau Hall and accompany Olympic medallist Clara Hughes, O.C., O.M., on a brief visit of the travelling It's An Honour! exhibit. As an Officer of the Order of Canada, Ms. Hughes is among the extraordinary Canadians featured in the display. Ms. Hughes will have just completed Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk an unprecedented 110-day bicycle journey around Canada focused on ending the stigma around mental illness.

Activities at Rideau Hall

On Canada Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free activities will be offered at Rideau Hall including tours of the governor general's official residence and It's An Honour!, a cross-Canada travelling exhibit. The interactive exhibit, on site for four days only, from June 28 to July 1, introduces visitors of all of ages to the Canadian Honours System, which recognizes people for their extraordinary achievement, bravery, valour and service. For more information about Rideau Hall's activities and guided tours, the public can call 613-991-4422 or 1-866-842-4422 (toll-free); write to [email protected]; or visit our website at www.gg.ca/visitus.

Media are invited to a photo op with Their Excellencies and Clara Hughes following the tour of the It's An Honour! exhibit at Rideau Hall after which Ms. Hughes will be available to media. Media are asked to confirm their attendance with Marie-Pierre Belanger at 613-998-9166 or [email protected].

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