W. Thomas Molloy was officially installed as the 22nd lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan on March 21.
Born in Saskatoon, Molloy is negotiator, lawyer, strategic advisor on Indigenous issues and author.
Over the past 40 years, Molloy has negotiated numerous treaty settlements on behalf of the government of Canada with Indigenous people. Most notably, he was chief negotiator for the government of Canada in talks with the Inuit that led to the creation of Nunavut in 1999.
In a ceremony at the Saskatchewan legislative building, he swore his oath of office to be the Queen’s representative in Saskatchewan, and was officially proclaimed lieutenant-governor by Premier Scott Moe.
“Saskatchewan’s lieutenant governors have always exemplified service to our people,” Moe said. “Looking at the impact of Thomas’ life work to our province, our nation, and more specifically to Indigenous peoples across our country, I am confident he will continue with that tradition. On behalf of the government of Saskatchewan, I offer him my sincere congratulations and welcome him to this role.”
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In his new role, Molloy is responsible for granting royal assent to provincial laws, as well as summoning and dissolving the provincial legislature.
The minimum term for a lieutenant governor is five years, and there is now fixed term limit.
Molloy succeeds Vaughn Solomon Schofield as Saskatchewan’s lieutenant-governor.