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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Nocturne: Art at Night 2017

Government House is once again pleased to be a featured site as part of Nocturne: Art at Night. From 6:00 PM to Midnight on Saturday, 14 October 2017, guests are invited to tour the ground level of Government House, Canada’s oldest vice-regal residence, and view the following two presentations: Nova Voce, Nova Scotia’s provincial men’s choir, will perform throughout the evening in the Ballroom. Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia will display its “Witnesses to a New Nation” exhibit. This exhibit features photographs of buildings that saw Confederation. This exhibit...
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Registration is now open for the third event of the Fall 2017 Series of Evenings @ Government House on 17 October 2017 featuring singing sensation Reeny Smith.

In conjunction with the Halifax Pop Explosion, this event will feature Reeny Smith. Reeny is a talented, 25-year-old R&B/Pop artist from North Preston, Nova Scotia who has been singing and playing the piano since the age of five. Reeny was selected for the Portia White Award for Excellence in Vocal Performance in 2011, along with a scholarship from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizing her outstanding musical attributes. Also in 2011, Reeny won the African Nova Scotia Music Association (ANSMA) Up and Coming Artist Award, the Black Cultural Centre President's Award, and was selected...
Monday, October 2, 2017

Message from the Lieutenant Governor on Treaty Day 2017

As The Queen’s representative in Nova Scotia, it is my pleasure to extend warm greetings on the occasion of Treaty Day 2017. To honour this special day, the Mi’kmaq Flag was raised at Government House this morning and the flag will fly there for the full duration of Mi’kmaq History Month. There is a special relationship that exists between the Crown in Nova Scotia and the First Nations peoples of this province. I am truly honoured to play a role in the relationship as I commence my term as Lieutenant Governor. All Nova Scotians can celebrate and take great pride in the rich...
Monday, October 2, 2017


This morning Their Honours The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc attended the installation ceremony of Her Excellency The Right Honourable Julie Payette, CC, CMM, COM, CQ, CD, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. Her Excellency was sworn-in as Canada’s 29 th Governor General inside the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. A biography of Mme Payette may be found at the following link:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


In fulfilling one of his most important constitutional roles, His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, will open the First Session of the 63rd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia legislature on Thursday, 21 September by reading the speech from the throne at 1 p.m. The speech will be televised live and will be available online. Legislative Television will broadcast the ceremony on Eastlink Digital Cable channel 95 and Eastlink Digital Cable channel 630 in high definition, Bell Community One channel 1, and Bell Community One channel 401, starting...
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Registration is now open for the second event of the Fall 2017 Series of Evenings @ Government House on 3 October 2017 featuring a choral presentation by Les Voix d’Acadie.

The vocal ensemble Les Voix d'Acadie, the French beacon choir in the Halifax Regional Municipality, will begin its 44th season with a concert at Government House. For this occasion, the choir will not deviate from its varied repertoire of songs ranging from pop folk with frequent jazz infiltration and of course its choir-interpretations of the great songs of the Acadian repertoire. The vocal ensemble les Voix d’Acadie is a four-part, francophone choir made up of approximately 40 members from the Halifax Regional Municipality. Its mission is to promote and introduce francophone music...
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Message of Condolence on the Passing of The Honourable Allan J. MacEachen, PC, OC

Mrs. LeBlanc and I were saddened to learn of the death of The Honourable Allan J. MacEachen, PC, OC, former Senator, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of the Crown, and long-time Member of Parliament from Cape Breton. A native of Nova Scotia, Mr. MacEachen served his nation and province with great distinction throughout his whole life. He was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University where he later taught economics until he entered federal politics in the 1950s. During his long time as a Member of Parliament, he went on to serve as Minister of Labour under Prime Minister Lester B...
Monday, September 11, 2017

Registration is now open for the first event of the Fall 2017 Series of Evenings @ Government House on 19 September 2017, featuring a presentation by Ann Shaftel, Art Conservator.

Ann Shaftel will give an illustrated talk on the stabilization of the King’s and Regimental Colours of the 25th and 85th Battalions, Canadian Expeditionary Force, that are on display at Government House. Ann Shaftel works internationally for cultural, governmental and military sectors, museums, universities, and churches. She specializes in Collection Management, Documentation, Risk Assessment and Disaster Mitigation Planning. Ann teaches seminars in conservation, and works hands-on on textiles and paintings. Ann is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation, Fellow of the...
Thursday, August 31, 2017


The conservation of historic military King’s and Regimental Colours, an Acadian choral performance, Reeny Smith, Nova Scotian tales of the supernatural, Halifax Harbour and the Halifax Explosion, and a symphonic concert commemorating the Halifax Explosion are the topics to be featured in the upcoming Fall 2017 Series of Evenings @ Government House hosted by Their Honours The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc. As the Fall 2017 Series is launched, His Honour noted "Mrs. LeBlanc and I are delighted to host our first Evenings at...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Ma femme et moi sommes ravis de pouvoir saluer tous les Acadiens et toutes les Acadiennes d’ici et d’ailleurs à l’occasion de la Fête nationale des Acadiens et des Acadiennes. En 1604, des colons français débarquèrent sur les côtes de la Nouvelle-Écosse et contribuèrent à la fondation de la nation canadienne. Ils connurent de grandes épreuves, mais ils persévérèrent et créèrent des traditions, une culture et un patrimoine que nous reconnaissons maintenant comme étant uniquement acadiens. Nous pouvons tous être fiers de la résilience et du courage du peuple acadien. Aujourd...