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New Lieutenant Governor

In February 1989 Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announced the appointment of the Hon. Lloyd R. Crouse, PC, as Lieutenant-Governor for Nova Scotia.

Mr. Crouse, the former Member of Parliament for the riding of South Shore, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1957 and served his constituents in this capacity until his retirement from federal politics in the fall of 1988.

Born in Lunenburg on 19 November 1918, he was a businessman who established a number of fishing companies including Viking Fisheries Ltd., Crouse Fisheries Ltd., and Atlas Fisheries Ltd.

Mr. Crouse served Canada as a pilot with the RCAF during the Second World War. He took an active part in the community affairs of Lunenburg School Commission (1950-52) and the Youth Board of the Lutheran Church (1950-54).

As a Member of Parliament Mr. Crouse served on numerous committees of the House of Commons and in particular chaired the Public Accounts Committee from 1974 to 1976. He was elected Chairman of the Canadian Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in 1985 and during his many years in Ottawa served as Canada's representative to a number of Commonwealth and international conferences.

New Clerk of the Senate

On March 7, 1989, Prime Minister Mulroney appointed Gordon Barnhart to the post of Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments. He replaces Charles A. Lussier, whose resignation will take effect May 1, 1989.

Mr. Barnhart, 44, was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan where he received a B.A. and B.A. Honours in British Parliamentary History, and the University of Regina with a M.A. in History. After teaching history at the North Battleford Collegiate Institute, he became, in January 1969, Assistant Clerk to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan and later that year, Clerk.

He has been active in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and is member and chairman of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Parliamentary Review and past councillor of the Study of Parliament Group. He was appointed honourary member of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries and awarded the designation Professional Manager by the Canadian Institute of Management in 1981.

New Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod

The same day the Prime Minister appointed RenÚ Gutknecht as Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod replacing RenÚ Jalbert, who will become a member of the federal Immigration and Refugee Board on March 20, 1989.

Mr. Gutknecht was born in Montreal. He attended McGill University where he obtained a B.A. At McGill, he enrolled in the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, under the R.O.T.P. program.

During his 34 years in Canada's armed forces, Lieutenant-General Gutknecht has served with distinction in many capacities, at home and abroad. He was Troop Leader with the Royal Canadian Dragoons and later Commanding Officer, Lord Strathcona's Horse in Soest, Germany. He served with the Military Component of the Canadian Delegation in Vietnam and in India and Pakistan with the United Nations. In Lahr, Germany he was Senior Staff Officer, Operations. He became Commander, 5e groupement de Combat, Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Montreal, in 1975 and also served as Chief of Staff Operations and Deputy Commander, Mobile Command, St. Hubert, Quebec. From 1980-1985 he was Canadian Military Representative to NATO Headquarters in Brussels. He has been Commandant of the Ottawa Division, Canadian Corps of Commissionaires for the past four years.

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