Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

September 09, 2011 12:50 ET

Minister MacKay Announces Position of Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to Receive Historic Military Appointment in Perpetuity

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced that the position of Lieutenant Governor of Ontario is being invested in perpetuity as Colonel of the Regiment of The Queen's York Rangers, a unit of the Canadian Army in Toronto. During the American War of Independence, The Queen's Rangers (as they were then known) fought for the British under Major John Graves Simcoe and were brought to the northern shore of Lake Ontario in 1796 by the province's first Lieutenant Governor, the same, the Honourable John Graves Simcoe.

"This appointment highlights the deep historical roots of many of our regiments, particularly in the Canadian Army, but also the military's deep and continuing relationship with the Crown," said Minister MacKay. "I'm delighted that the officeholder of the position of Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will accept this appointment in perpetuity."

The Queen's York Rangers are based at Fort York Armoury in downtown Toronto only a few metres from the old fort built by their forebears before the War of 1812. The Rangers of that day also cut the city's original roads (including Yonge Street) out of the wilderness while their commanding officer, as Lieutenant Governor, was laying the foundations of democratic rule in the province.

"We have never lost sight of our roots," said Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Zdunich, commanding officer of the Rangers today.

The Regiment enjoys another connection to the Crown in His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, who is the unit's Colonel-in-Chief. As well as cementing the military's links to the Crown, the holders of these appointments foster esprit de corps and participate in memorials, relations with affiliated regiments and other matters of military tradition.

A reconnaissance unit in the Reserve that is active in both training and operations, The Queen's York Rangers have deployed 70 soldiers since 2001 to operations in Africa, the Balkans and Afghanistan.

Note to Editors: The investiture will occur during a formal parade at Historic Fort York on September 10, 2011. Coverage is welcome. A Media Advisory with details will follow shortly.

Contact Information

  • Captain Bob Kennedy
    Public Affairs Officer, 32 Canadian Brigade Group
    416 633-6200 ext 2845
    On the day of the parade,
    please call his mobile at 647 229-2546.