Sunday, April 30, 2006

Congratulations to Gordon Barnhart (B.A. hons. & Ph.D.), who sometime this summer will become Saskatchewan's next lieutenant-governnor, replacing Lynda Haverstock as the Queen's representative to this province. Gordon's career has prepared him ideally for the post, and not just because top posts should always go to historians. He recently took early retirement from his post as University Secretary, and prior to that (with "time out" to complete his doctorate in the interim) he served as Clerk of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly from 1969 to 1989 and as Clerk of the Senate of Canada from 1989 to 1994: Gord knows protocol. And of course he knows his history, too. Along with everything else he has accomplished, he has managed to publish numerous articles and books, including Peace, Progress and Prosperity, a biography of Saskatchewan’s first premier, T. Walter Scott. Which, we happen to know, is currently on sale at But before you click away to buy it, raise a glass to Dr. Gordon Barnhart, our next Lieutenant-Governor.