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Former federal and provincial cabinet minister Judy Foote has been named the next Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday.

“Judy has dedicated her career to public service and making a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians,” Trudeau said in a statement. “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.”

Foote held various ministerial roles in the provincial government before being elected in 2008 as a Member of Parliament. She was appointed Minister of Public Services and Procurement following the 2015 federal election.

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Before entering politics, 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. Foote is the first woman to be named the province’s vice-regal representative.

Trudeau thanked the outgoing Lieutenant Governor, Frank Fagan, for his dedication and service to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Premier Dwight Ball also issued a statement Tuesday.

“Ms. Foote has represented and served the citizens of this province with unwavering dedication,” he said. “She has long been an activist for social and economic change in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a friend and former colleague, I am tremendously proud to see Ms. Foote appointed as the first female Lieutenant Governor of this province. She is, and will continue to be, a role model to many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

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