Premier Stephen McNeil welcomes the appointment of the Honourable Arthur Joseph LeBlanc as the next lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia.
The appointment was announced today, June 14, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Justice LeBlanc is a well-respected jurist who has distinguished himself as a lawyer and judge within Nova Scotia,” said Premier McNeil. “Throughout his life he has served Nova Scotians and this service to others will undoubtedly continue in his new role.”
Justice LeBlanc has made numerous contributions to the Acadian community throughout his distinguished career. Justice LeBlanc will replace Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, who has held the position since 2012.
“Nova Scotia has been well represented by Lt.-Gov. Grant and on behalf of all Nova Scotians I thank him and Mrs. Grant for their service to the province and their role in making Nova Scotia a better place.”
The primary responsibility of the lieutenant-governor is to act as the Crown’s representative and chief executive officer of the province of Nova Scotia. Every measure and bill passed in the Nova Scotia legislature must be given royal assent before it can become law.