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Friday, February 2, 2018

170th Anniversary of the First Responsible Government

Today, 2 nd February 2018, marks the 170 th anniversary of the first Responsible Government in the British Empire (outside of the United Kingdom). The first Executive Council, which was chosen exclusively from the party holding the majority, met in the Drawing Room of Government House on 2 nd February 1848. The members of the Executive Council were: James Boyle Uniacke (Attorney General and Leader of the Government), Joseph Howe (Provincial Secretary), Hugh Bell, William F. Desbarres, Lawrence O.C. Doyle, Herbert Huntingdon, James McNab, Michael Tobin, and George R. Young. Responsible...
Friday, January 26, 2018

Evenings @ Government House – Winter 2018 Series

Their Honours The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc are pleased to announce the Winter 2018 Series of Evenings @ Government House. Three themes and anniversaries will be commemorated through this new series of public events. They are African Heritage Month, the Centenary of the end of the First World War, and the Centenary of Women attaining the right to vote in Nova Scotia. "Following the success of the Fall 2017 Series, Mrs. LeBlanc and I are delighted to continue hosting Evenings @ Government House," said Lieutenant Governor...
Friday, January 26, 2018

Registration is now open for the first event of the Winter 2018 Series of Evenings @ Government House on 13 February 2018, featuring a presentation by Vanessa Fells from the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre.

This year’s African Heritage Month theme is “Educate, Unite, Celebrate Community”. In keeping with that theme, Vanessa Fells of the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre will give a presentation on the historically important group known as the Black Loyalists. Her presentation will provide an overview on the history of the Black Loyalists highlighting their arrival to Nova Scotia in 1783. She will discuss notable Black Loyalist descendants such as Viola Desmond, Rose Fortune, Measha Brueggergosman, Dr. Elizabeth Cromwell, Marjorie Turner Bailey, and Sam Langford. She will conclude...
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Lieutenant Governor’s New Year’s Day Levee

Nova Scotians are invited to attend the annual Lieutenant Governor's New Year's Day Levee from 11:00am to 12:30pm on Monday, January 1st, 2018 at Government House, Halifax. This will the first Levee hosted by Their Honours The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc. "Mrs. LeBlanc and I look forward to welcoming in the New Year with our fellow Nova Scotians for our first levee at Government House,” said Lieutenant Governor LeBlanc. "This is a wonderful opportunity to wish everyone the very best as we enter a new year...
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Posting Online of the Lieutenant Governor’s Holiday Message – 2017

The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia delivers his Holiday Message – 2017. Follow this link to access the message:
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Annual Holiday Message from the Lieutenant Governor – 2017

As Her Majesty’s Representative in Nova Scotia, I bring you warm holiday greetings from Government House. À titre de représentant de Sa Majesté la reine en Nouvelle-Écosse, je vous souhaites mes vœux les plus chaleureux à l’occasion de cette période des Fêtes. Since my installation in June, Patsy and I have travelled around the province and have met many Nova Scotians. We have been greatly impressed by the spirit of volunteerism that Nova Scotians have demonstrated by helping those less fortunate than themselves. We thank everyone for their wonderful generosity. Patsy, our entire...
Friday, December 1, 2017

Message of Condolence on the Passing of Mi’kmaq Grand Council Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy

Mrs. LeBlanc and I were saddened to learn of the death of Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy on Thursday, 30 November 2017. Grand Chief Sylliboy’s leadership of the Mi’kmaq nation over the past 25 years was instrumental in ensuring that Aboriginal and Treaty rights were implemented and gained greater recognition. He will be remembered for his tireless efforts to promote the spirituality and culture of the Mi’kmaq. On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and all Nova Scotians, Mrs. LeBlanc and I extend our sincere condolences to Grand Chief Sylliboy's wife Marie, and his daughters...
Monday, November 20, 2017

Lieutenant Governor Congratulates The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of their 70th Wedding Anniversary – 20 November 2017

On behalf of all Nova Scotians, His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, has extended congratulations and best wishes to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of their 70th Wedding Anniversary on 20 November 2017. In his letter to The Queen and His Royal Highness, His Honour spoke of the tremendous example of duty, service and commitment that the Royal Couple have shown to Canada and the Commonwealth. Before ascending the throne, Princess Elizabeth visited Halifax for the first time in 1951, along with The...
Friday, November 17, 2017

Registration is still open for the sixth and final event of the Fall 2017 Series of Evenings @ Government House on 21 November 2017 featuring a Halifax Explosion Commemorative Concert by the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra.

Under the direction of conductor/composer Peter Allen, Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert to commemorate the Halifax Explosion. This event will also feature readings from the diary of Frank Baker who was onboard HMCS Acadia at the time of the explosion and a reading of her poem marking the Halifax Explosion by Halifax Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas. Please note that this event is will be located at Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. To register call 902-424-7001 or go to
Friday, November 10, 2017


As Nova Scotians gather around the province on Remembrance Day we will do so in the sacred remembrance of the sons and daughters of Canada who were lost in the service to their Crown and Country. This year we celebrated the 150 th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. In doing so, we also paused to reflect upon the sacrifices made by Canadians who selflessly fought against tyranny and evil while defending freedom. Their sacrifice has built the nation of Canada that we all know today. At 11 o’clock on 11 th November, we will fall silent so that we may honour the sacrifice of our fallen...