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Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador
Shield of the Lieutenant Governor
Crosbie 1983.jpg
John Crosbie
His Honour
The Honourable
Appointed by:
Michaëlle Jean
as Governor General of Canada
First viceroy:
Sir Albert Walsh
31 March 1949

The Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador (pronounced /lɛfˈtɛnənt/) is the viceregal representative in Newfoundland and Labrador of, as she operates in the provincial jurisdiction, the Canadian monarch and head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, who resides predominantly in her oldest realm, the United Kingdom. The Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador is appointed in the same manner as the other provincial viceroys in Canada, and is similarly tasked with carrying out most of the monarch's constitutional and ceremonial duties.[1] The present, and 12th, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador is John Crosbie, who has served in the role since 4 February 2008.


Role and presence

The Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador is vested with a number of governmental duties, and is also expected to undertake various ceremonial roles. For instance, the Lieutenant Governor acts as patron, honorary president, or an honorary member of certain Newfoundland and Labrador institutions.[2] Also, The viceroy, him or herself a member and Chancellor of the order,[3] will induct deserving individuals into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, and upon installation automatically becomes a Knight or Dame of Justice and the Vice-Prior in Newfoundland and Labrador of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem.[4] The viceroy further presents the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration, the Newfoundland War Service Volunteer Medal, and numerous other provincial honours and decorations. These honours are presented at official ceremonies, which count amongst hundreds of other engagements the Lieutenant Governor partakes in each year, either as host or guest of honour; the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in 2006 undertook 418 engagements, and 444 in 2007.[5]

Flag of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

At these events, the Lieutenant Governor's presence is marked by the post's official flag, consisting of a blue field bearing the shield of the Arms of Her Majesty in Right of Newfoundland and Labrador surmounted by a crown and surrounded by ten gold maple leaves, symbolizing the ten provinces of Canada. Within Newfoundland and Labrador, the Lieutenant Governor also follows only the sovereign in the province's order of precedence, preceding even other members of the Canadian Royal Family and the Queen's federal representative.


The office of Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland came into being in 1949, upon Newfoundland's entry into Confederation,[6] and evolved from the earlier position of Proprietary Governor of Newfoundland. Since that date, 12 Lieutenant Governors have served the province. The shortest mandate by a Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador was Albert Walsh, from April to September 1949, while the longest was Leonard Outerbridge, from 1949 to 1957.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Victoria (29 March 1867), Constitution Act, 1867, V.58, Westminster: Queen's Printer,, retrieved 15 January 2009  
  2. ^ Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. "The Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador > Role and Duties". Queen's Printer for Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 13 July 2009.  
  3. ^ Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. "Order of Newfoundland and Labrador > About the Award". Queen's Printer for Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 21 June 2009.  
  4. ^ "Canada Wide > About Us > The Order of St. John > The Order of St. John in Canada". St. John Ambulance Canada. Retrieved 2 June 2009.  
  5. ^ Berezovsky, Eugene (2009), Staff of Canadian Monarchist News, ed., $1.52 per Canadian: The Cost of Canada's Constitutional Monarchy (4 ed.), Toronto: Monarchist League of Canada, p. 3,, retrieved 15 May 2009  
  6. ^ George VI (23 March 1949), Newfoundland Act, 8.1, Ottawa: King's Printer for Canada,, retrieved 16 June 2009  
  7. ^ Government House. "Profiles of Governors". Memorial University. Retrieved 13 July 2009.  

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