Governor General praises freedom of religion, tolerance in N.B. speech

Governor General Julie Payette says Canada is rich in values that include tolerance, determination and freedom of religion.

The comments, in a speech to the New Brunswick legislature, come a week after she criticized people who believe in creationism and horoscopes, and those who don't believe in climate change.

During Tuesday's speech the former astronaut spoke about seeing Canada from space without borders and said everyone must work together to protect the planet.

She did not directly address controversy over her earlier remarks.

Payette met with Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and Premier Brian Gallant before addressing the legislative assembly.

Payette will also tour the Institute of Biomedical Engineering's prosthetics labs at the University of New Brunswick, and visit 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.

She'll end her day by delivering remarks at a reception hosted by Gallant at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Payette was sworn in as Canada's 29th Governor General on Oct. 2.