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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Lieutenant Governor Commissions Premier-Designate to Form New Government

His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, received the Honourable Iain Rankin, Premier of Nova Scotia, at Government House on Wednesday, 18 August 2021. During the meeting, Mr. Rankin notified His Honour of his intention to resign as Premier of Nova Scotia and His Honour accepted the resignation. This morning ,His Honour formally received Mr. Tim Houston, Leader of the Progressive Conservatives. During the meeting, and in fulfillment of his most important duty to ensure that Nova Scotia always has a Premier, His Honour formally invited Mr. Houston to...
Saturday, July 17, 2021

Dissolution of the Legislature – 17 July 2021

On the advice of the Honourable Iain Rankin, Premier of the Province of Nova Scotia, His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Dissolved the 63rd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature, following a meeting and ceremony conducted at Government House today. At the meeting, the Premier formally requested the Dissolution by the Lieutenant Governor and it was granted. The Lieutenant Governor signed the Proclamation that Dissolves the Legislature and initiates the election. Election Day in Nova Scotia is Tuesday August 17, 2021. The grant of a...
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Message from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia on Canada Day

On July 1 st , 2021 we will mark the 154 th birthday of Canada. As we emerge from the turbulent times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we can all be thankful for the frontline workers who tirelessly continued their work to keep us safe and healthy, and who ensured that the essential services that we rely upon remained in place with little or no interruption. On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and all Nova Scotians, I offer my heartfelt thanks for their dedication and commitment. While we celebrate the achievements of our nation, we must also pause to remember and reflect upon our history...
Monday, June 21, 2021

Message from the Lieutenant Governor on National Indigenous Peoples Day - 2021

Today, 21 June 2021, is National Indigenous Peoples Day where we honour Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; and we celebrate their heritage and culture and the special role they have in defining Canada. As we celebrate this special day, we must also recognize that policies of the past have greatly impacted the lives of Canada’s Indigenous peoples who lived and thrived on these lands for thousands of years. Canada’s history does include actions that targeted specific groups being singled out for terrible treatment and discrimination. We acknowledge the impact of...
Friday, June 4, 2021

2020-2021 Activity Report for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

This report outlines details of the various events and activities undertaken by the Lieutenant Governor and Office of the Lieutenant Governor/Government House throughout the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Formatted as a PDF, please click on the report cover to view and download a copy. ​
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Today, 2 June 2021, marks the 68 th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. The Queen acceded to the throne with the passing of her father, His Majesty King George VI, on 6 February 1952. The Coronation took place after 15 months of planning at Westminster Abbey, London on 2 June 1953.
Monday, May 24, 2021

Victoria Day – The Queen’s Official Birthday in Canada

Victoria Day, Monday, 24 May 2021, marks Her Majesty The Queen’s official birthday in Canada. First observed in 1845 to mark Queen Victoria’s actual birthday, the date of 24 May was official declared “Victoria Day” following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. The date of the reigning sovereign’s official birthday was changed through various proclamations and orders-in-council over the years until 1952 when Victoria Day was moved to the Monday before 25 May. A royal proclamation issued on 5 February 1957 established the Canadian monarch’s birthday to be...
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Eid al-Fitr 2021

At the end of Ramadan – the holy month of fasting – Lieutenant Governor Arthur J. LeBlanc and Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc extend their Eid Mubarak wishes to those of the Islamic faith in Nova Scotia. Eid al-Fitr, which is the festival of breaking the fast and is marked with the sighting of the crescent moon. The end of Ramadan is normally a time of Eid prayers, celebrations with family and friends, and giving alms to the poor; however, the current COVID-19 pandemic has placed restrictions on those festivities. Nonetheless, Their Honours hope that all are joyous and safe...
Monday, May 3, 2021

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

Mrs. LeBlanc and I were saddened to learn of the passing of The Honourable Donald William Cameron, 22 nd 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...
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Anniversary of the Crash of Stalker 22

Today we mark the first anniversary of the crash of the Cyclone helicopter, call sign “Stalker 22” that crashed into the Ionian Sea on 29 April 2020, while deployed onboard HMCS FREDERICTON as part of Operation REASSURANCE. We remember the six members of the Canadian Armed Forces who tragically lost their lives in the crash: Master Corporal Matthew Cousins, RCAF; Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough, RCN; Captain Kevin Hagen, RCAF; Captain Brendan Ian MacDonald, RCAF; Captain Maxine Miron-Morin, RCAF; and Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, RCN. At this sad time, Their Honours convey their...