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British Columbia rancher named as province's new lieutenant-governor

wOTTAWA - British Columbia has new lieutenant-governor.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Judith Guichon as the Queen's representative in the province.

The recommendation is made by the governor general, but Harper unveiled the choice today at a photo opportunity in his office across the street from Parliament Hill.

Guichon, who owns and operates a ranch near Kamloops, B.C., was described as a leader in the province's agriculture and cattle industries who has promoted environmentally responsible ranching practices.

She has also worked with several community organizations, including the Fraser Basin Council of B.C., the Grasslands Conservation Council of B.C., and has just completed a two-year term as the president of the British Columbia Cattlemen's Association.

Guichon replaces Steven L. Point, who was appointed to the lieutenant governor's post in October 2007.

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