Media Advisory: Lieutenant Governor launches democracy exhibition

Toronto, April 30, 2019 —The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, is launching an exhibition on democracy, in cooperation with the Samara Centre for Democracy.

“Speaking of Democracy” features 28 quotations about the roots of, threats to, and promise of democracy. People quoted include Her Majesty the Queen, David Frum, George Orwell, Vandana Shiva, Jennifer Welsh, and Malala Yousafzai.

The exhibition is on display in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, Queen’s Park, throughout spring and summer 2019. Public tours can be arranged via the Ontario Legislative Assembly’s tour office. The website is:

“The exhibition aims to provoke viewers to think and to act. Democracy is complex and untidy: listening to a vibrant civil society, balancing rights while upholding the rule of law, and building resilient institutions do not come easily. And an enduring and healthy democracy means getting involved.” — the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

As the Crown’s representative in Ontario, the Lieutenant Governor exercises constitutional powers and promotes a strong and positive civic community. The Lieutenant Governor’s Suite welcomes approximately 12,000 visitors per year.

Media opportunity

Who: The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
What: Media availability — Launch of democracy exhibition
Where: Lieutenant Governor’s Suite
Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1A1
When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 10h00–10h30

Alexandra Tichinoff
Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario