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Payette has the right stuff to be the next GG, say fellow astronauts

By Christopher Guly      

Life at Rideau Hall will be anything but normal, where Julie Payette’s life will be more under a public microscope than it ever has been before—as she already knows. But her former astronaut colleagues say she's more than ready for the country’s top job.

Two weeks from today, Julie Payette will become the chief representative of the Queen in Canada when she will be sworn in as Canada’s 29th governor general. The Hill Times file photograph
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Robert Thirsk first met Julie Payette 25 years ago. Dr. Thirsk, a physician who holds master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration and served as backup payload specialist to now-Transport Minister Marc Garneau (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Westmount, Que.) on a 1984 space-shuttle mission, was about to welcome Ms. Payette into the exclusive astronauts’ club that he and Mr. Garneau had joined the decade before. “I remember her as this upbeat person with a smile on her face, who brightened a

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