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Friday, June 10, 2016

Message of Congratulations to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

On behalf of the people of Nova Scotia, Mrs. Grant and I extend our sincerest congratulations to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of his 95th Birthday on June 10th, 2016. Nova Scotians have fond memories of His Royal Highness’ Royal Tour of our province that was undertaken in 2010. Since his first tour of Canada in 1951 when he and the then Princess Elizabeth extensively toured Canada, and through his involvement with the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in particular, he has had a significant influence...
Sunday, May 22, 2016


Mrs. Grant and I were saddened to learn of the death of The Honourable Lorne O. Clarke, OC, ONS, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia and Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. A native of Nova Scotia, Chief Justice Clarke had a distinguished career in the legal profession. He was a law professor at Dalhousie University and went on to be a renowned practitioner in labour-management relations as a negotiator, conciliator and arbitrator. While a judge, he served as chair of several committees and in executive positions of the Canadian Judges Conference. His law career culminated in...
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Message from Her Majesty The Queen on the Wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta

“Prince Philip and I were shocked and saddened by the news of the wildfires that are causing such devastation to Fort McMurray. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected, and we send our heartfelt thanks to the firefighters and the other emergency workers.” Elizabeth R The message can be viewed here:
Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Queen’s 90th Birthday – The Public is Invited to Sign a Book of Congratulations at Government House

Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant and Mrs. Joan Grant extend congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her 90th Birthday on April 21st, 2016. From April 21 until June 15, 2016 members of the public are invited to sign the congratulatory message book available at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily including weekends. The book will then be sent to Her Majesty from the people of Nova Scotia.
Friday, April 15, 2016

2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines

The call for submissions for this year’s award was announced today by Government House, Halifax. The award, established by His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in 2014, recognizes the outstanding quality of locally sourced and produced wines, and honours the commitment and craft of those in Nova Scotia’s wine industry. The administrative process for the award is conducted in conjunction with the Winery Association of Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia. These two organizations will contact their member wineries to...
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

EVENINGS @ GOVERNMENT HOUSE – 19 April 2016 – Featuring a talk by Chief Petty Officer First Class (Ret’d) David Porter

To mark The Queen’s 90th Birthday, Chief Petty Officer First Class David Porter, CD (Retired) will give a talk on the Royal Canadian Navy’s participation in the Fleet Review at Spithead celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. To register, please call 902-424-7001 or go to:
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Change in Evenings @ Government House Presentations

Due to several unforeseen circumstances, the original line-up for the Winter 2016 Season of Evenings @ Government House has been adjusted. The changes are as follows: 1. Chief Petty Officer First Class (Ret’d) David Porter will now give his presentation on his participation in the Coronation Fleet Review at Spithead on Tuesday, 19 April 2016. 2. The presentation by World and Olympic Snowboarder Alex Duckworth is postponed to a future date and there will be no presentation on 3 May 2016. 3. Pre-eminent naval historian Dr. Marc Milner will now give his presentation on the Battle of the Atlantic...
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tartan Day at Government House - Wednesday, April 6th at 11:00 am

Their Honours, Brigadier-General the Honourable J.J. Grant and Mrs Joan Grant extend an invitation to the public to join them at Government House to celebrate Tartan Day on Wednesday, April 6th at 11:00 am. Proclaimed in Nova Scotia in 1987, Tartan Day is recognized across the country as a day to celebrate Canada’s Scottish Heritage. This special event will include a demonstration of Highland dancing, music and more. Refreshments to follow. Seating is limited, and guests are requested to register in advance by emailing or calling 902-424-7001.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 3 May 2016 Evenings @ Government House event featuring Nova Scotian Olympic snowboarder Alex Duckworth is postponed. It is our intention to reschedule this presentation by Alex at some point in 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this postponement has created. Please standby for information on a replacement presentation for 3 May 2016.
Monday, March 28, 2016


The Halifax Music Co-op's Vesuvius Chamber Choir and Orchestra sends it soloist from its cross-province concert tour of Handel's Messiah along with Music Director John Bogardus and Guest Musician John Overton to Government House to perform solo selections from the Messiah. In addition, movements from Beethoven's monumental Kreutzer Sonata will be performed. The evening will include a brief summary presentation of the tour and the food accessibility work done by the Halifax Music Co-op, Brunswick Street Mission, and Holy Trinity Anglican Church Yarmouth surrounding this year's Messiah...