New Lt.-Gov. gets introduction at Queen's Park

Elizabeth Dowdeswell (REUTERS)

Elizabeth Dowdeswell (REUTERS)

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:17 PM ET

Departing Lt.-Gov. David Onley introduced his successor at Queen’s Park Friday.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday that Elizabeth Dowdeswell, 69, a long-time senior bureaucrat will replace Onley, who has served in the vice-regal role for seven years.

Onley will deliver the Speech from the Throne Thursday. He will work with Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office over the coming weeks to arrange the formal hand-over to Dowdeswell later this summer.

Dowdeswell paid tribute to Onley and his wife, Ruth-Ann, for reinvigorating the vice-regal role.

“His unfailing commitment over the past seven years will be missed and I will certainly have very big shoes to fill,” she told reporters.

Onley and his predecessor, James Bartleman, brought their own unique focus to the job.

Onley has advocated for accessibility on behalf of the disabled community. He helped forge links between the business community and people with disabilities to help find them jobs.<


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