Ontario Lt. Governor Christens Police Boat Named For Her Predecessor

The John Graves Simcoe Launched Friday, Named for Upper Canada's First Lieutenant Governor

An appropriate christening down in Lefroy today, as Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor was on hand for the naming of the South Simcoe Police boat John Graves Simcoe. The craft is named after the first Lt. Gov of what was then Upper Canada, Dowdeswell’s predecessor. The christening at Lefroy Harbour saw the current Lt. Governor pour champagne across the bow of the new watercraft instead of smashing the bottle, because as she later pointed out, the environment had to be considered.

The christening was followed by a five-gun salute from some local 1812 Redcoats.

This marked Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell’s first visit to Innisfil, and began with private meetings in the morning with Mayor Gord Wauchope and a roundtable discussion with community leaders. “We are truly grateful for this tremendous occasion to have our Town to recognized by Her Honour today,” said Innisfil Mayor Gord Wauchope. “We held some fantastic discussions during which Her Honour brought forward her wealth of knowledge about sustainable, healthy and environmentally-friendly communities that align with the direction that we as a Town are taking.”