Message of Condolence on the Passing of The Honourable Donald William Cameron, ECNS

Monday, May 3, 2021

Mrs. LeBlanc and I were saddened to learn of the passing of The Honourable Donald William Cameron, 22nd Premier of the Province of Nova Scotia.  Mr. Cameron served as Premier from February 1991 to June 1993.

Mr. Cameron was born in Egerton, Nova Scotia in 1946 and he later attended McGill University where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree.  He entered politics in 1974 when he won election to the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly in the electoral district of Pictou East.  During his time as an elected member he served in opposition and in government and he was appointed as Minister of Fisheries and Minister of Recreation in 1978 and in 1988 he was appointed as Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology.  In 1991 he won the Progressive Conservative leadership and was sworn in as the 22nd Premier of Nova Scotia on 26 February 1991.

During his time as Premier he was known for his promotion of anti-discrimination measures including protection for gays and lesbians and he pushed for the amendment to the human rights act to reflect this support.  Amongst other measures he established the practice of non-political provincial judicial appointments, and investment in transportation infrastructure. 

In the June 1993 general election, Mr. Cameron won re-election in his riding of Pictou East, but his party was defeated.  Mr. Cameron resigned his position as party leader and from his riding and was later appointed Canadian Consul General in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Cameron was passionate about Nova Scotia and was known for his integrity and for being a strong mentor.  He will be remembered for his support of rights for minorities.

Mrs. LeBlanc and I extend our sincere condolences to Mr. Cameron’s family and friends on their loss.


The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC
Lieutenant Governor