Judy Foote

Judy May Foote PC ONL (née Crowley; born June 23, 1952)[1] 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.[2]

Judy Foote

14th Lieutenant Governor of
Newfoundland and Labrador
Assumed office
May 3, 2018
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor General
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 the Canadian Parliament
for Bonavista—Burin—Trinity
In office
October 19, 2015  September 30, 2017
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byChurence Rogers
Member of the Canadian 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
Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Howard Foote
ResidenceSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Alma materMemorial University of Newfoundland, Lambton College

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.[3][4]

Early life

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

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

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, she accepted the position of Liberal Whip, which she held until the 2015 federal election.[5][11]

Minister of Public Services and Procurement

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.[12]

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.[13]

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

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.[14][15] She is the first woman to be appointed as the viceregal representative for the province.[16] Foote was sworn in on May 3, 2018.[2]

Personal life

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.[17][18]

Electoral record

2015 Canadian federal election: Bonavista—Burin—Trinity
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalJudy M. Foote28,70481.80+27.33$40,957.22
ConservativeMike Windsor3,53410.07−20.43$7,929.44
New DemocraticJenn Brown2,5577.29−6.66$616.65
GreenTyler John Colbourne2970.85−0.03
Total valid votes/expense limit 35,092100.00 $214,042.22
Total rejected ballots 1730.49
Turnout 35,26557.36
Eligible voters 61,475
Liberal notional hold Swing +23.88
Source: Elections Canada,[19][20]
2011 Canadian federal election: Random—Burin—St. George's
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalJudy Foote12,91449.65−4.10
ConservativeJohn Ottenheimer8,32232.00+11.49
New DemocraticStella Magalios4,46517.17−6.60
GreenTanya Gutmanis3071.18−0.80
Total valid votes/expense limit 26,008100.00
Total rejected ballots 1200.46+0.06
Turnout 26,12845.80+4.73
Eligible voters 57,047
Random—Burin—St. George's2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalJudy Foote12,55753.7
New DemocraticTerry White5,55323.8
ConservativeHerb Davis4,79120.5
GreenKaitlin Wainwright4622.0
Total valid votes 23,363
Grand Bank2003 Newfoundland and Labrador general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalJudy Foote310149.32%
Progressive ConservativeDarin King305848.53%
     NDP Bill Wakeley 136 2.15%


Grand Bank1999 Newfoundland general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalJudy Foote3964
Progressive ConservativeJohn Bolt1146
     NDP Richard Rennie 538
1996 Newfoundland general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalJudy Foote4136
Progressive ConservativeHerb Edwards2521


Titles, styles, honours, and awards

Viceregal styles of
Judy Foote
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.[23] 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.




  1. "Judy M. Foote". Biographies. Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  2. 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. "'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. 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. "FOOTE, Judy, B.A., B.Ed". Library of Parliament. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  6. "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. "Liberals unveil shadow cabinet". National Post. June 1, 2011. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2016-05-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. "Phoenix pay debacle spotlight: Should it belong to the bureaucrat or her boss?". Ottawa Citizen. 2016-11-26. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  14. "Prime Minister announces new Lieutenant Governor for Newfoundland and Labrador" (Press release). Office of the Prime Minister. March 20, 2018.
  15. "Judy Foote named lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador". CTV News. The Canadian Press. March 20, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  16. "Judy Foote is 'honoured' to be named 1st female lieutenant-governor in N.L." CBC News. March 20, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  17. Herridge, Paul (June 12, 2014). "'I intend to fight this'". The Southern Gazette. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  18. Thomas, Brodie (June 9, 2014). "MP Judy Foote battling breast cancer". The Western Star. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  19. "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Bonavista—Burin—Trinity (Preliminary results)". Elections Canada. October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  20. Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
  21. Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 2003. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 22, 2007.
  22. Report of the Chief Electoral Officer. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  23. "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.
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