Judith Guichon

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Judith Guichon

Judith Guichon.jpg
29th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
In office
November 2, 2012 – April 24, 2018
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor General
PremierChristy Clark
John Horgan
Preceded bySteven Point
Succeeded byJanet Austin
Personal details
Born1947 (age 70–71)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Spouse(s)Lawrence Guichon (m. ? – d. 1999)
Bruno Joseph Jacques Mailloux (m. 2006 – present)
Guichon during Remembrance Day celebrations in 2012

Judith Isabel Guichon,[1] OBC (born 1947) is a Canadian rancher and organizer who served as the 29th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, serving from 2012 to 2018. She was the viceregal representative of Queen Elizabeth II in the province of British Columbia, and was appointed by Governor General David Johnston on the advice of then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Personal life[edit]

Guichon was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1947, and raised on a farm near Hawkesbury, Ontario. She moved to British Columbia in 1972. Her first husband, Lawrence Guichon, was killed in a motorcycle accident near the family ranch in 2003. She and her current husband, Bruno Mailloux, maintain their private residence in the Nicola Valley.

Ranching career[edit]

Prior to Guichon's appointment as Lieutenant Governor, she owned and operated Gerard Guichon Ranch Limited in the Nicola Valley in the British Columbia Interior. The Guichon family has ranched in the area since 1878, and Guichon's father-in-law was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1974 for his leadership in Cattleman's Associations and his contribution to agriculture in Canada. Her four children now manage the ranch with a 700 head cow, calf, and 700 yearling operation. Guichon studied Holistic Management, a farming method which promotes sustainable management of livestock by emphasizing their natural habitat. Along with her late husband, commercial pilot Lawrence Guichon, she was involved in introducing Holistic Management to the ranchers of British Columbia.

In addition to her ranching initiatives, Guichon is also involved in several organizations. She previously served on the local hospital board and Community Health Council, and is now on the Community Health Foundation Board. Prior to this, she has served as a 4-H Leader and started a recycling society in Merritt, BC with a neighbour. She has also served as a director for the Fraser Basin Council of BC, as a director of the Grasslands Conservation Council of BC, as a member of the Nicola Water Use Management planning committee, and played the flute in the Nicola Valley Community Band. Prior to her appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Guichon served on the Provincial Task Force on Species at Risk and has just completed her two-year term as the president of the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association. She has also been a part of the Ranching Task Force for BC and the British Columbia Agri-Food Trade Advisory Council.[2][3]

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Guichon was appointed lieutenant governor by Governor General of Canada David Johnston, on the advice of Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper on October 1, 2012, to succeed Steven Point.[4] Guichon was sworn in on November 2, 2012, at the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.

Guichon played a central role in the aftermath of the 2017 provincial election, which resulted in neither the incumbent Liberals or opposition New Democrats winning a majority. The balance of power rested with the Greens, who held three seats. Three weeks after the election, the Greens agreed to support an NDP minority government, which theoretically allowed NDP leader John Horgan to form government by one seat.[5] However, incumbent premier Christy Clark refused to stand down until she got a chance to show that she had support on the floor of the legislature.[6] Horgan introduced a no-confidence motion as an amendment to the Speech from the Throne, which passed on June 29, bringing Clark's government down.[7] Clark resigned and advised Guichon to call new elections. She contended that the NDP would not be able to provide stable government due to the need to place one of its members in the Speaker's chair, resulting in a large number of 43–43 votes that would require the Speaker to use his casting vote. However, Guichon did not agree, and invited Horgan to form a government.[8]



  1. ^ General, The Office of the Secretary to the Governor. "Guichon, Judith Isabel [Individual]". reg.gg.ca. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Biography of the Honourable Judith Guichon Archived October 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Judith Guichon - Biography Archived October 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ PM announces Judith Guichon as Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Archived November 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Zussman, Richard (May 30, 2017). "NDP-Green alliance to focus on electoral reform, stopping Kinder Morgan and banning big money". CBC News. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  6. ^ McElroy, Justin (May 30, 2017). "Christy Clark to stay on as B.C. premier — for now". CBC News. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  7. ^ McElroy, Justin (June 29, 2017). "B.C. Liberal government loses confidence vote 44–42, sparking either NDP government or election". CBC News. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Keller, James; Hunter, Justine; Hager, Mike. "B.C. NDP to take power following confidence vote, ending 16 years of Liberal rule". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved June 30, 2017.

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Order of precedence
Preceded by
Robert J. Bauman, Chief Justice of British Columbia
Order of precedence in British Columbia
as of April 2018
Succeeded by
Steven Point, Former Lieutenant Governor