Philip S. Lee

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The Honourable
Philip S. Lee
24th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
In office
August 4, 2009 – June 19, 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Michaëlle Jean
David Johnston
Premier Gary Doer
Greg Selinger
Preceded by John Harvard
Succeeded by Janice Filmon
Personal details
Born (1944-05-05) May 5, 1944 (age 71)
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Profession Chemist, politician
Religion Catholicism

Philip S. Lee, CM OM[1][2] (born May 5, 1944; Chinese: 李紹麟)[3][4] was the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. He received the Order of Canada in 1999 and The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.[5]

The Honourable Philip S. Lee and Her Honour Anita K. Lee, Canada Day 2010, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Lee migrated to Canada in 1962 to study in the University of Manitoba.[5] He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1966 and a public administration diploma in 1977.[6] In 1967 he was hired by the City of Winnipeg as a research chemist.[5] He helped organize the Chinese pavilion in the first Folklorama in 1970 and later became Vice President of the Folk Arts Council of Winnipeg.[5] In the 1977 Manitoba general election, Lee ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate in Winnipeg Centre where he lost to Bud Boyce of the Manitoba New Democratic Party. Lee was on Winnipeg's Refugee Assistance Committee from 1979 to 1986.[5] He also advocated the construction of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre in the Dynasty Building, the Chinese Gate and Garden, and the Mandarin Building in Winnipeg.[5]

His appointment as Lieutenant Governor was made by Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean, on the Constitutional advice of Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, on June 19, 2009.[7] Upon assuming the office on August 4, 2009, Lee became the 24th Lieutenant Governor of the province.[8]


Arms of Philip S. Lee
August 20, 2010
Issuant from a circlet of prairie crocus flowers Or a plum tree proper fructed Purpure
Chequy of nine Purpure and Argent, on a chief Or three bauhinia flowers Purpure
Dexter a sea-bison, sinister a sea-qilin, both Or queued Purpure
Issuant from barry wavy Or and Purpure
The ribbon and insignia of a Companion of the Order of Canada.
DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country)
The nine-division pattern represents His Honour’s position as the ninth child of his parents. The bauhinia flower represents Hong Kong, the birthplace of His Honour and his wife, Anita. Three such flowers represent their three children. The plum colour is His Honour’s favourite colour. The prairie crocus flowers, the provincial flower coloured gold here, represent His Honour’s interest in the betterment of all Manitobans. The plum tree alludes to the name “Lee”, which means “plum tree” in Chinese. The bison is taken from the arms of Manitoba. The qilin is significant to His Honour’s family and Chinese heritage, representing benevolence, goodwill, and good government. The lower body of a fish-tail alludes to his skills in water research and limnology studies. Refers to the fact that His Honour has always been a community-minded supporter of encouraging the development and growth of all Manitobans.[9]


  1. ^ "It's an Honour: Find a Recipient – Philip S. Lee, C.M., B.Sc., M.C.I.C.". The Governor General of Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ The Order of Manitoba Act, S.M. 1999, c. 27, s. 4, 6(1), as amended by S.M. 2001, c. 47 and S.M. 2010, c. 14 and S.M. 2011, c. 16, s. 45. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  3. ^ Ming Pao Toronto
  4. ^ Marshall, Alison R. (December 22, 2009). "A Conversation with Winnipeg’s Chinese Canadian Duet" (fee required). Manitoba History (Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Historical Society) (62): 35–39. ISSN 0226-5036. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Backgrounder: Philip S. Lee, C.M.". Office of the Prime Minister. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  6. ^ Rabson, Mia (June 19, 2009). "PM names Lee as Manitoba's new Lieutenant Governor". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ Canada News Centre
  8. ^ Owen, Bruce (August 5, 2009). "Province makes history: First Lt.-Gov. of Chinese descent". Winnipeg Free Press. section A, p. 5. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (August 20, 2010). "The Public Register of Arms, Flags, and Badges of Canada > Philip Siu Lun LEE". Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
John Harvard
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
August 4, 2009 – June 19, 2015
Succeeded by
Janice Filmon
Order of precedence
Preceded by
John Harvard
as the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Order of precedence in Manitoba
as the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Succeeded by
Edward Schreyer
as the 18th Premier of Manitoba