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Five things about role of Ontario lieutenant-governor

Job comes with five-year term, Queen’s Park suite


1. The posting has a five-year term and annual salary of roughly $120,000.

2. Job comes with a suite at Queen’s Park that’s used for presiding over events. Up until 1937, a lieutenant-governor lived in a French Renaissance-style home in Rosedale called “Chorley Park.” When it was shut down, six crystal chandeliers, some portraits of former lieutenants-governor and furniture supplied from the T. Eaton Co. were moved from Chorley House to the new suite, which has a dining room and a music room. The dining room has 99-year-old, custom-made furniture while the music room has been used for live entertainment and DJs.

Chorley Park was bulldozed in 1961.

3. She gets a title: Your Honour.

4. The post was once filled by Establishment types but has recently been filled by advocates. James Bartleman spoke out of mental health and aboriginal literacy issues, followed by outgoing lieutenant-governor David Onley, who helped improve accessibility for the disabled.

5. The job comes with its own coat of arms, an azure field with the shield of Ontario, Royal crown and a wreath of maple leaves. It also comes with a vice-regal salute (a snippet of “God Save the Queen”).

Toronto Star

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