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Salma Lakhani named as Alberta lieutenant-governor, first Muslim in Canadian history to hold role

Salma Lakhani named as Alberta lieutenant-governor, first Muslim in Canadian history to hold role
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OTTAWA — The Liberal government has named Salma Lakhani as next lieutenant-governor of Alberta, making her the first-ever Muslim to hold the ceremonial position in Canadian history.

Lakhani has lived in Edmonton for more than 40 years, after her family was expelled from her native Uganda in 1972. The Ismaili Muslim has long served as a community advocate focused on issues including education, health care, immigration and human rights, and has “dedicated her life to helping people in need and those who face obstacles to success in our society,” according to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office.
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