Queen Elizabeth II has a new official representative to Saskatchewan.
Thomas Molloy was sworn in Wednesday morning as the province’s new lieutenant-governor in a special ceremony at the Saskatchewan Legislature.
Molloy is a Saskatchewan lawyer and treaty negotiator whose accomplishments include work on the creation of the territory of Nunavut.
Immediately following his oath of office, Molloy was proclaimed lieutenant-governor by Premier Scott Moe who also offered words of welcome and congratulations.
Moe gave credit to Molloy’s experience as a lawyer and negotiator, also noting his role in the most important land claim settlements in Canadian history.
“You have a deep understanding of Indigenous people and their history and, your honour, I would say there are few people in this nation who have more insight into the vital relationship between the Crown and First Nations people than yourself,” Moe commented.
The premier went on to say Molloy’s honesty, integrity and patience made him perfectly suited to his new role.
In his first speech to the legislature, the new lieutenant-governor referred to his family’s history of public service and work in government.
“It is with great humility that I join a remarkable group of individuals who have previously represented our sovereign in Saskatchewan,” Molloy commented, listing some of their recent accomplishments in establishing awards.
He spoke about growing up in Saskatoon and never dreaming of doing the things he has done up to this point, let alone representing the Queen.
Molloy also praised the Queen, describing the remarkable life she has led and the consistency she’s provided in an ever-changing political landscape.
He quoted the Queen’s words in her first Christmas broadcast.
“If I am permitted during my time as lieutenant-governor to echo the words of our queen, I can give you my heart and my devotion to this province, to Canada and to all of the people of Saskatchewan,” Molloy said.