Arthur Joseph LeBlanc installed as Lieutenant-Governor

    Photo by Communications Nova Scotia The Honourable J. Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia (left) and Premier Stephen McNeil look on as Lieutenant Governor Arthur J. LeBlanc signs the Oath of Allegiance.

    HALIFAX: The Honourable Arthur Joseph LeBlanc took the oath of office, on June 28 in Halifax as Nova Scotia’s 33rd lieutenant-governor since Confederation.

    Premier Stephen McNeil noted that Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc has made numerous contributions to the Acadian community and has the honour of being the first Acadian lieutenant-governor in Nova Scotia.

    “Throughout his legal career, Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc has served his province and its people with distinction as a first-class lawyer, then as a distinguished jurist,” said Premier McNeil. “I wish Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc every success in his new role as the representative of Her Majesty the Queen. I know he and Mrs. LeBlanc will make a great contribution to Nova Scotia and its people.”

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    Prior to his appointment to the vice-regal office, Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc practiced law for more than 30 years. He was appointed as a justice on the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in 1998 and continued to serve as a justice until he was sworn in as lieutenant-governor.

    “I am deeply honoured to have been called to serve in a position that reaches back to the earliest days of contact between the Mi’kmaq and those French adventurers who arrived at Annapolis Royal more than 400 years ago,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “Nova Scotia is a wonderful province that has a very rich history. Mrs. LeBlanc and I look forward to meeting the remarkable people who make our province such a wonderful place in which to live.”

    After the swearing of oaths, Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc inspected a Guard of Honour and the Stadacona Band of Maritime Forces Atlantic and received a 15-gun salute by the Canadian Armed Forces. Musical presentations in his honour were performed by Marcel d’Entremont and Tony Smith.

    Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc was born in West Arichat. He and his wife Patsy have three sons and six grandchildren.

    The lieutenant-governor’s appointment was announced on June 14 by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He succeeds Brig.-Gen. J.J. Grant as lieutenant-governor.