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Anita Neville is Manitoba’s new Lieutenant-Governor

Anita Neville at the special ceremony in the Legislature where she was sworn in as Manitoba’s 26th lieutenant-governor on October 24.

Anita R. Neville P.C., O.M., was sworn in as Manitoba’s 26th lieutenant-governor in a special ceremony held in the chamber of the legislative assembly on October 24.

Neville succeeds Janice C. Filmon as the King’s representative in Manitoba, who held the office since June 19, 2015.

“The Honourable Neville has a long and proud history of public service and giving back to the community, and I am confident she will serve as a formidable lieutenant-governor,” said Premier Heather Stefanson.

Neville was a member of parliament for Winnipeg South Centre from 2000 to 2011. She was parliamentary secretary to the minister of Canadian heritage and the minister responsible for the status of women. Previously, Neville chaired the Winnipeg School Division board of trustees for many years and, before entering public life, was an economic development consultant.

Neville becomes the third woman to serve as Manitoba’s lieutenant-governor. She is also the first Jewish lieutenant-governor of Manitoba.

Appointed by the governor general on the recommendation of the prime minister, lieutenant-governors are the representatives of the King in their respective provinces. They fulfil the roles and functions of the King including granting royal assent to provincial laws, opening legislative sessions with the speech from the throne and swearing in members of the executive council.