GOV. Gen. David Johnston donned a hard hat and work boots to get an exclusive tour of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Friday before greeting students of a renowned Winnipeg fetal-alcohol treatment program.
Johnston walked the sprawling site alongside museum president Stuart Murray, climbing nearly 25 metres to the museum's freshly poured fourth level.
Catching the first stunning views of The Forks and downtown Winnipeg, Johnston was suitably impressed.
"It just takes the breath away," said Johnston.
"Here we have a museum... not simply for the people of Canada, but for the entire world," he added.
Along the tour, Johnston was briefed on the progress construction crews are making, with more than 200 workers in shifts over 20 hours each day since the new year.
Back on ground level, Murray discussed the latest hurdle for the museum: the remaining $22 million necessary to complete the project...Since it's a museum "for the entire world," can we at least ask the entire world to help pay for the monstrosity?