The Honourable Arthur Joseph LeBlanc took the oath of office, today, June 28, in Halifax as Nova Scotia’s 33rd lieutenant-governor since Confederation.
Premier Stephen McNeil noted that Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc has made numerous contributions to the Acadian community and has the honour of being the first Acadian lieutenant-governor in Nova Scotia.
“Throughout his legal career, Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc has served his province and its people with distinction as a first-class lawyer, then as a distinguished jurist,” said Premier McNeil. “I wish Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc every success in his new role as the representative of Her Majesty the Queen. I know he and Mrs. LeBlanc will make a great contribution to Nova Scotia and its people.”
Prior to his appointment to the vice-regal office, Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc practised law for more than 30 years. He was appointed as a justice on the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in 1998 and continued to serve as a justice until he was sworn in as lieutenant-governor.
“I am deeply honoured to have been called to serve in a position that reaches back to the earliest days of contact between the Mi’kmaq and those French adventurers who arrived at Annapolis Royal more than 400 years ago,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “Nova Scotia is a wonderful province that has a very rich history. Mrs. LeBlanc and I look forward to meeting the remarkable people who make our province such a wonderful place in which to live.”
After the swearing of oaths, Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc inspected a Guard of Honour and the Stadacona Band of Maritime Forces Atlantic and received a 15-gun salute by the Canadian Armed Forces. Musical presentations in his honour were performed by Marcel d’Entremont and Tony Smith.
Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc was born in West Arichat, Richmond Co. He and his wife Patsy have three sons and six grandchildren.
The lieutenant-governor’s appointment was announced on June 14 by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He succeeds Brig.-Gen. J.J. Grant as lieutenant-governor.