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Elizabeth Dowdeswell new Ontario Lt-Gov

Elizabeth Dowdswell smiles after being introduced by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the next Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario Thursday June 26, 2014 in Ottawa. Dowdeswell will be the 29th Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld -
Elizabeth Dowdswell smiles after being introduced by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the next Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario Thursday June 26, 2014 in Ottawa. Dowdeswell will be the 29th Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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By The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named veteran civil servant Elizabeth Dowdeswell as Ontario's new lieutenant-governor.

Her public service career spanned provincial, federal and international borders.

She served as a deputy minister of culture and youth in Saskatchewan and was later assistant deputy minister at Environment Canada.

She has also been executive director of the United Nations Environment Program.

Dowdeswell replaces David Onley, who held the position for seven years.

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