Janice Filmon installed as Manitoba's lieutenant-governor

Janice Filmon, the wife of former Manitoba premier Gary Filmon, was installed as the new lieutenant-governor on Friday afternoon, making her the 25th in the province's history.

Former premier's wife takes over from Philip Lee, who held vice-regal position since 2009

Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon inspects the guard of honour following her installation ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature on Friday afternoon. (Trevor Lyons/Radio-Canada)

It's official: The Filmons are back on Broadway.

Janice Filmon, the wife of former Manitoba premier Gary Filmon, was installed as the new lieutenant-governor on Friday afternoon, making her the 25th in the province's history.

Filmon is only the second woman named to the post. Pearl McGonigal held the office from 1981 to 1986.

She takes over from Philip Lee, who has held the position since 2009. Before he stepped down, Lee inspected a 100-person guard of honour from the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

Following the installation ceremony, Filmon received a vice-regal 15-gun salute and inspected the guard of honour.

Filmon will go to work right away — on Monday, she will host the ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Canada at Government House, then attend the 25th anniversary celebration of International Institute for Sustainable Development.

She will also attend the opening service of the historic St. James Anglican Church on June 28, take part in Canada Day festivities at Assiniboine Park on July 1, and honour this year's Order of Manitoba recipients on July 9.


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