Ontario Has a New Lieutenant Governor


Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti participated in the swearing-in ceremony of Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C. as Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor today at Queen’s Park.

“Elizabeth Dowdeswell is a truly accomplished woman, and an exciting choice to be Ontario’s next Lieutenant Governor,” said Orazietti. “She has a great record of advocacy and achievement on education and environmental issues, and I am confident that she will be an excellent Lieutenant Governor and Vice-Regal to the people of Ontario.”

Ms. Dowdeswell has had a number of successful careers in public policy, the energy industry, education and the public service. Ms. Dowdeswell is an internationally-recognized executive who is actively involved in community service aimed at promoting a healthy environment, sustainable energy and development, and a better quality of education both at home and abroad. She has been honoured on many occasions for her public service both in Canada and globally. In 2012, she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Today’s swearing in ceremony included the surrender of the Great Seal of Ontario by the incoming Lieutenant Governor to the Minister of Government & Consumer Services, David Orazietti.
The Great Seal of Ontario is used on official government documents such as proclamations to summon or dissolve the Legislative Assembly, bringing into force legislation and commissioning the appointment of cabinet ministers and provincial judges.