Judy Foote

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Judy Foote
Judy Foote.jpg
14th Lieutenant Governor of
Newfoundland and Labrador
Assumed office
May 3, 2018
MonarchsElizabeth II
Charles III
Governors GeneralJulie Payette
Mary Simon
PremierDwight Ball
Andrew Furey
Preceded byFrank Fagan
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
In office
November 4, 2015 – August 24, 2017
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byDiane Finley
Succeeded byCarla Qualtrough
Member of Parliament
for Bonavista—Burin—Trinity
In office
October 19, 2015 – September 30, 2017
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byChurence Rogers
Member of Parliament
for Random—Burin—St. George's
In office
October 14, 2008 – August 4, 2015
Preceded byBill Matthews
Succeeded byriding dissolved
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for Grand Bank
In office
February 22, 1996 – October 9, 2007
Preceded byBill Matthews
Succeeded byDarin King
Personal details
Judy May Crowley[1]

(1952-06-23) June 23, 1952 (age 70)
Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Political partyLiberal
SpouseHoward Foote
ResidenceSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Alma materMemorial University of Newfoundland, Lambton College

Judy May Foote PC ONL (née Crowley; born June 23, 1952)[1] is a Canadian former politician, 14th and current lieutenant governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is the first woman to hold the position.[2]

Prior to her appointment as viceregal representative of the King in Right of Newfoundland and Labrador, Foote was the Liberal Member of Parliament for the ridings of Bonavista—Burin—Trinity (2015–2017) and Random—Burin—St. George's (2008–2015). She was the federal Minister of Public Services and Procurement from 2015 until her resignation from cabinet and Parliament for family reasons on August 24, 2017.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Foote was born on June 23, 1952, in Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador.[5] She was the head of the university relations division of the Memorial University of Newfoundland before she entered politics.[6]

Political career[edit]

Foote served as the communications director for premier Clyde Wells before she ran for an elected position.[6]

She ran in the 1993 provincial election in Grand Bank but lost to PC incumbent Bill Matthews.

Foote represented the electoral district of Grand Bank in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 1996 to 2007 as a member of the Liberal Party.[6]

She served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Development and Rural Renewal from 1996 to 1997, as Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology from 1997 to 1998, as Minister of Education from 1998 to 2000 and from 2001 to 2003.[5] In February 2003, Foote became Newfoundland's Minister of Industry, Trade and Rural Development in a cabinet shuffle.[7] Foote was narrowly reelected by 43 votes after a recount reduced her initial 50-vote lead in the Newfoundland and Labrador general election in October 2003.[8]

In 2007, Foote stepped down from the House of Assembly after she won the Liberal party nomination for Random—Burin—St. George's against former Newfoundland cabinet minister Oliver Langdon and businessman Roger Jamieson to run in the 2008 federal election.[6] Foote was then elected to the House of Commons of Canada in 2008, succeeding longtime Liberal MP Bill Matthews. In 2009, Foote, along with the other five Liberal MPs from Newfoundland, voted against the 2009 Canadian federal budget because it went against funding promises made to the province in the 1985 Atlantic Accord.[9][10]

Foote became the Liberal Deputy House Leader in September 2010, but after she was reelected in the 2011 federal election,[11] she accepted the position of Liberal Whip, which she held until the 2015 federal election.[5][12]

Minister of Public Services and Procurement[edit]

Upon the Liberal victory in 2015, she joined the cabinet as Minister of Public Services and Procurement. She received the highest percentage of votes of any candidate nationwide in the 2015 election winning her seat with nearly 82% of all votes. In the House of Commons, Foote was seated next to Justin Trudeau during the Liberal Party's time in Government until her resignation.

In May 2016, Foote appeared alongside premier Dwight Ball to announce that $250 million will be loaned to the provincial government from the federal government to reduce controversial taxes proposed in the provincial budget and Foote also said that more federal help for the province is coming in the future.[13]

Foote was the minister responsible for overseeing the roll-out of the Phoenix pay system in 2016. That system has had serious problems with underpayments and over payments, and the opposition NDP have suggested that Foote take more responsibility for the problems.[14]

On August 24, 2017, following a leave of absence for personal reasons since April 2017, Foote announced she was resigning from the federal cabinet and her seat as an MP because she had learned that she carries the BRCA2 cancer-causing gene and that she had passed it on to her children.[3][4] However, she said that she was cancer-free at the time and her children were "well."[4]

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

On March 20, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of Foote to succeed Frank Fagan as the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.[15][16] She is the first woman to be appointed as the viceregal representative for the province.[17] Foote was sworn in on May 3, 2018.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, Foote was diagnosed with breast cancer while serving as a provincial Member of the House of Assembly for the District of Grand Bank and underwent procedures and treatments. In June 2014, Foote announced that she was battling breast cancer for the second time.[18][19]

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Judy M. Foote 28,704 81.80 +27.33 $40,957.22
Conservative Mike Windsor 3,534 10.07 –20.43 $7,929.44
New Democratic Jenn Brown 2,557 7.29 –6.66 $616.65
Green Tyler John Colbourne 297 0.85 –0.03
Total valid votes/Expense limit 35,092 100.00   $214,042.22
Total rejected ballots 173 0.49
Turnout 35,265 57.36
Eligible voters 61,475
Liberal notional hold Swing +23.88
Source: Elections Canada,[20][21]
2011 federal election redistributed results[22]
Party Vote %
  Liberal 16,805 54.46
  Conservative 9,412 30.50
  New Democratic 4,303 13.95
  Green 270 0.88
  Others 66 0.21
2011 Canadian federal election: Random—Burin—St. George's
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Judy Foote 12,914 49.65 −4.10
Conservative John Ottenheimer 8,322 32.00 +11.49
New Democratic Stella Magalios 4,465 17.17 −6.60
Green Tanya Gutmanis 307 1.18 −0.80
Total valid votes/expense limit 26,008 100.00
Total rejected ballots 120 0.46 +0.06
Turnout 26,128 45.80 +4.73
Eligible voters 57,047
Random—Burin—St. George's2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Judy Foote 12,557 53.7
New Democratic Terry White 5,553 23.8
Conservative Herb Davis 4,791 20.5
Green Kaitlin Wainwright 462 2.0
Total valid votes 23,363
Grand Bank2003 Newfoundland and Labrador general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Judy Foote 3101 49.32%
Progressive Conservative Darin King 3058 48.53%
  NDP Bill Wakeley 136 2.15%


Grand Bank1999 Newfoundland general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Judy Foote 3964
Progressive Conservative John Bolt 1146
  NDP Richard Rennie 538
1996 Newfoundland general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Judy Foote 4136
Progressive Conservative Herb Edwards 2521


1993 Newfoundland and Labrador general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Bill Matthews 3406
Liberal Judy Foote 2805
  NDP Joseph L. Edwards 181

Titles, styles, honours, and arms[edit]

Viceregal styles of
Judy Foote
Badge of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.svg
Reference style
  • Her Honour the Honourable
  • Son Honneur l'honorable
Spoken style
  • Your Honour
  • Votre Honneur


  • November 4, 2015 – May 3, 2018: The Honourable Judy Foote
  • May 3, 2018 – present: Her Honour the Honourable Judy Foote, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador

As Lieutenant Governor, Foote is entitled to be styled Her Honour while in office and The Honourable for life.[25] Prior to her appointment Foote was already entitled to the style The Honourable for life as a member of the King's Privy Council for Canada.


Ribbon bars of Judy Foote

Honorary military appointments[edit]



Foote was granted a coat of arms by the Canadian Heraldic Authority through Grant of Arms and Supporters, with differences to Carla Jean Foote, Jason Howard Foote and Heidi Ellen Lee Foote, on May 15, 2019.[29]

Coat of arms of Judy Foote
Coat of arms of Judy Foote.svg
A black spruce proper charged with a butterfly Or embellished Azure and flanked by two daffodils all issuant from a rocky mount prope.
Azure on a lozenge fesswise conjoined with a fillet cross and a fillet saltire Argent and environed by dog paw prints Or, a boar passant Azure armed and unguled Gules.
Two doves proper each charged on its shoulder with a cross-crosslet Azure, resting its interior claw on a lyre Or set on a closed book lying flat its spine outwards and standing on a rocky mount set with grass proper and issuant from a bar wavy Azure.


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  2. ^ a b Kinsella, Stephanie (May 3, 2018). "Judy Foote celebrates 'a new day, a new beginning' at historic swearing-in". CBC News. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "'I love my family': Judy Foote steps down as MP because of health risk to her children". The National Post. The Canadian Press. August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Bryden, Joanne; Smith, Joanna (August 24, 2017). "Judy Foote resigning as minister and Liberal MP for family reasons". CTV News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "FOOTE, Judy, B.A., B.Ed". Library of Parliament. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d "Foote takes Liberal nomination for federal race". CBC News. August 3, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Dunfield, Allison (April 22, 2009). "Newfoundland cabinet shuffled". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Canadian Press (November 21, 2003). "Newfoundland recount confirms Liberal's win". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  9. ^ Bryden, Joan (April 9, 2009). "Newfoundland MPs test Ignatieff's grip on party". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "MPs approve federal budget". cbc.ca. 2009-02-03. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
  11. ^ "Innu leader delivers Conservatives from N.L. shutout". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  12. ^ "Liberals unveil shadow cabinet". National Post. June 1, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  13. ^ "VOCM.COM|Deficit Reduction Levy Dropped for Most Residents | Article". Archived from the original on 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  14. ^ "Phoenix pay debacle spotlight: Should it belong to the bureaucrat or her boss?". Ottawa Citizen. 2016-11-26. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  15. ^ "Prime Minister announces new Lieutenant Governor for Newfoundland and Labrador" (Press release). Office of the Prime Minister. March 20, 2018.
  16. ^ "Judy Foote named lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador". CTV News. The Canadian Press. March 20, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  17. ^ "Judy Foote is 'honoured' to be named 1st female lieutenant-governor in N.L." CBC News. March 20, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  18. ^ Herridge, Paul (June 12, 2014). "'I intend to fight this'". The Southern Gazette. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  19. ^ Thomas, Brodie (June 9, 2014). "MP Judy Foote battling breast cancer". The Western Star. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  20. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Bonavista—Burin—Trinity (Preliminary results)". Elections Canada. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  21. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Pundits' Guide to Canadian Elections
  23. ^ Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 2003. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 22, 2007.
  24. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  25. ^ "Table of titles to be used in Canada". Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. June 18, 1993. Archived from the original on October 2, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  26. ^ "Judy Foote's Golden Jubilee Medal Citation". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  27. ^ "Judy Foote's Diamond Jubilee Medal Citation". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  28. ^ "Patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador". Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  29. ^ General, The Office of the Secretary to the Governor. "Foote, Judy May [Individual]". reg.gg.ca. Retrieved 2020-02-14.

External links[edit]

29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Diane Finley Minister of Public Services and Procurement
November 4, 2015 – August 24, 2017
Carla Qualtrough