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News Release - Manitoba

June 4, 2019


The province has appointed 15 Manitoba lawyers as Queen’s counsel in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the practice of law, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced today.
“The Queen’s counsel designation is reserved for long-serving members of the legal profession who have demonstrated outstanding practice, fostered excellence in the profession, and who have conducted themselves with integrity and leadership throughout their careers,” said Cullen.  “I congratulate these appointees, all of whom greatly deserve this remarkable honour.” 
Those receiving the Queen’s counsel designation include:
  • David Asper;
  • James A. Ferguson;
  • David C. Filmon;
  • Irvin (Issie) Frost;
  • William S. Gardner;
  • Jeffrey J. Gindin;
  • Irene A. Hamilton; 
  • Peter E. C. Kingsley;
  • Patricia C. Lane;
  • Carmele N. Peter;
  • Lori Ferguson Sain;
  • Amanda Sansregret;
  • Saul B. Simmonds;
  • Jacqueline A. St. Hill; and
  • Richard L. Yaffe.
Queen’s counsel is an honorary title given to a lawyer by the lieutenant-governor in council, based on recommendations made by the minister following consultation with an advisory council.  To be considered, the lawyer must have demonstrated outstanding practice, shown integrity and leadership, made contributions to excellence in the profession and been in practice for at least 10 years, the minister noted. 
Cullen noted the advisory council includes representatives from the judiciary, legal community and the public.  It is chaired by Chief Justice Richard Chartier of the Manitoba Court of Appeal and includes representatives from the Law Society of Manitoba and the Manitoba Bar Association. Joy Loewen, Andrea Martens and Dr. William Pope are the public representatives.
Queen’s counsel appointments have not been awarded in Manitoba since 2001, when the practice was ended in the province.  Bill 22, The Queen’s Counsel Act, passed last year restored Queen’s counsel appointments with a new and transparent eligibility criteria for lawyers in Manitoba.
A formal ceremony in honour of this year’s Queen’s counsel recipients will be held in the fall. 
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