EDMONTON — Calgary businesswoman and philanthropist Lois Mitchell is officially Alberta’s new lieutenant-governor.
Mitchell was sworn in during a ceremony at the legislature replete with red carpets, a brass band, a military guard of honour and a 15-gun military salute.
Mitchell is the province’s 18th lieutenant-governor and replaces Don Ethell.
“I’m humbled by this rare opportunity to represent Her Majesty the Queen and to serve as a safeguard of everything that the Crown in Canada represents,” said Mitchell.
“We are blessed to live in a place that offers peace, freedom, democracy and the rule of law to all citizens, and I’m very much aware that my principal duty as lieutenant-governor is to safeguard those key constitutional principles that define who we are as Canadians.”
The lieutenant-governor is the Queen’s representative in a province, and carries out official and ceremonial duties. He or she signs legislation passed by the house to formally make it law and reads the speech from the throne at the start of each legislature session.
Mitchell runs a consulting and marketing business and has worked for a long list of charitable and philanthropic causes, including promotion of women in sports.