Judy May Foote née Crowley; born June 23, 1952) is a Canadian former politician and current Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, the 14th since the province joined Canadian Confederation in 1949. She is the first woman to hold the position.(
Prior to her appointment as viceregal representative of the Queen 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.
Foote was born on June 23, 1952, in Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador. She was the head of the university relations division of the Memorial University of Newfoundland before she entered politics.
She ran in the 1993 provincial election in Grand Bank but lost to PC incumbent Bill Matthews.
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. In February 2003, Foote became Newfoundland's Minister of Industry, Trade and Rural Development in a cabinet shuffle. 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.
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. 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.
Foote became the Liberal Deputy House Leader in September 2010, but after she was reelected in the 2011 federal election, she accepted the position of Liberal Whip, which she held until the 2015 federal election.
Minister of Public Services and ProcurementEdit
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.
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.
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. However, she said that she was cancer-free at the time and her children were "well."
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. She is the first woman to be appointed as the viceregal representative for the province. Foote was sworn in on May 3, 2018.
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.
|2015 Canadian federal election|
|Liberal||Judy M. Foote||28,704||81.80||+27.33||$40,957.22|
|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||–|
|Liberal notional hold||Swing||+23.88|
|Source: Elections Canada,|
|2011 federal election redistributed results|
|2011 Canadian federal election: Random—Burin—St. George's|
|New Democratic||Stella Magalios||4,465||17.17||−6.60|
|Total valid votes/expense limit||26,008||100.00||–|
|Total rejected ballots||120||0.46||+0.06|
|New Democratic||Terry White||5,553||23.8|
|Total valid votes||23,363|
|Progressive Conservative||Darin King||3058||48.53%||–|
|Progressive Conservative||John Bolt||1146||–||–|
|Progressive Conservative||Herb Edwards||2521||–||–|
|Progressive Conservative||Bill Matthews||3406||–||–|
|NDP||Joseph L. Edwards||181|
Titles, styles, honours, and awardsEdit
|Viceregal styles of|
- 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. Prior to her appointment Foote was already entitled to the style The Honourable for life as a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.
Coat of ArmsEdit
Foot 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.
- November 4, 2015: Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada (PC)
- May 3, 2018: Member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador (ONL)
- May 3, 2018 – present: Chancellor of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador (while in office)
- 3 May 2018: Dame of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (D.StJ) (Vice-Prior in Newfoundland and Labrador while in office)
Honorary military appointmentsEdit
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