Ottawa, Ontario - March 20, 2018

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the appointment of Judy Foote as the next Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ms. Foote has dedicated much of her life to public service, at both the provincial and federal level. She held various ministerial roles in the provincial House of Assembly, before being elected in 2008 as a Member of Parliament, and being named as the Minister of Public Services and Procurement following the 2015 federal election.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. Foote worked as a journalist and communications director. In addition to mentoring cancer patients, she has volunteered her time over the years with several organizations, including the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

The Prime Minister thanked the outgoing Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Frank F. Fagan, for his dedication and service to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.


“Judy has dedicated her career to public service and making a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians. Her work ethic and strength of character make her the perfect choice to be the new Lieutenant Governor for Newfoundland and Labrador. I know she will continue to serve with passion and commitment, and make important contributions to the future of her province and the country.”
—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • Lieutenant Governors are the personal representatives of Her Majesty The Queen of Canada in their respective provinces. They fulfill the roles and functions of The Queen, including granting Royal Assent to provincial laws, and visiting communities.
  • Lieutenant Governors are appointed by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. They serve terms of at least five years.

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