President Park Geun-hye attended an official welcoming ceremony, the first official event of her state visit to Canada, held at the residence of the Governor General in the afternoon yesterday. The event began with President Park reviewing the honor guard, followed by Governor General David Johnston’s welcoming remarks and President Park’s remarks in response.
In his remarks, Governor General Johnston said he hoped that he would be able to reciprocate the warm hospitality extended to him during his visit to Korea to attend President Park’s inauguration last year. He also noted that the long-standing history of Korea-Canada ties is a marvelous foundation on which to further bilateral collaboration and build a bright future for both nations.
In response, the President said the two nations now needed to open a new chapter in bilateral relations, building on a hundred years of friendly ties. On top of this, the President expressed the hope that her visit this time would serve as a great opportunity to deepen friendship and expand substantive cooperation with Canada and for the two nations to work together to promote mutual prosperity and contribute to the peace and prosperity of the world as well.
Attending the ceremony were Governor General Johnston and his wife, Vice-regal Consort Sharon Johnston, representatives from both country’s governments, members of the local Korean community, Korean War veterans, Korean language school students and members of the Canada-Korea Association.
Rideau Hall, where the ceremony was held, was built in 1838 as a private residence. In 1865, the Government of Canada leased the house for use as a temporary residence for Sir Charles Stanley, 4th Viscount Monck and first Governor General of Canada. The Government purchased the house a few years later in 1868, since which time it has served as the official residence for Canada’s governors general. President Park will be staying at Rideau Hall for the duration of her visit.