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New lieutenant-governor appointed for Saskatchewan

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 11:42 AM | By John Chunn

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on July 17 announced the appointment of Russell Mirasty as the new lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan.

According to the government’s press release, Mirasty has dedicated much of his life to public service. During his 36-year career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, he served in various roles across the country. A member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, he notably became the first Indigenous person to command a division of the national police force.

In his retirement, Mirasty has continued to make a difference in his home province of Saskatchewan, working to improve the province’s education system. His appointment follows that of the former lieutenant-governor, W. Thomas Molloy, who passed away earlier this month after a battle with cancer.

“Known as a relationship-builder, Mr. Mirasty is an outstanding leader who paved the way for Indigenous peoples in the national police force. As lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan, I know he will continue to make a difference for the people of his province and all Canadians, and inspire others to create change in their communities,” Trudeau said in the news release.