PM names retired Colonel Donald Stewart Ethell as the next Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

Ottawa, Ontario
8 April 2010

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that retired Colonel Donald Stewart Ethell will serve as the next Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

“Colonel Ethell has had a distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces and as a humanitarian,” said Prime Minister Harper.  “He is one of Canada’s most decorated soldiers as well as a champion for veterans and the welfare of those in the world’s most vulnerable nations.”

During his 38-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, Colonel Ethell served in a variety of leadership roles.  His duties included serving as Director of Peacekeeping Operations at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, as Chief of Staff and Deputy Force Commander of the Multinational Force and Observers during the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War and as Head of the Canadian Delegation for Canadian Forces officers assigned to the European Community Monitoring Mission in Yugoslavia.

Lieutenant Governors are appointed by Her Excellency the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister.  They serve five-year terms, during which they act as provincial vice-regal representatives.

The Prime Minister took the opportunity to thank Norman Kwong, the outgoing Lieutenant Governor, for his dedicated service to Alberta.

Biographical notes attached.