By The Canadian Press
Manitoba’s new lieutenant-governor says it’s time a woman was appointed to the job.
Janice Filmon is only the second female vice-regal for the province, preceded by Pearl McGonigal, who held the office from 1981-1986.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Filmon, the wife of former premier Gary Filmon, to the post earlier this week.
She says she’s humbled and honoured and says it a privilege and an opportunity.
She also says that since women make up half the population of the world, they should have a voice in what goes on.
Filmon has been an active member of the community for decades, as chairwoman of the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, past president of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association and a motivational speaker.
She’s also been honoured for her public service on many occasions. Filmon became a member of the Order of Canada in 2013 and an officer of the Order of Manitoba in 2007.