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Lieutenant Governor’s Annual Garden Party


  • Office of the Lieutenant Governor 1451 Barrington Street Halifax, NS, B3J 1Z2 Canada (map)
The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc

The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc

The public is invited to attend the annual Lieutenant Governor's Garden Party on Wednesday, June 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Their Honours The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc will host the annual Garden Party on the grounds of Government House in Halifax.

The 50th Anniversary of Official Bilingualism in Canada will be marked as part of this year’s Garden Party.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the Bridgewater Fire Department Band and les Sœurs Doucet – Céline and Danelle.

Those planning to attend the party should enter Government House through the main entrance on 1451 Barrington St. Parking is not available at Government House, but is available on surrounding streets and lots.

In case of inclement weather, the Garden Party will be held indoors at Government House.

An invitation and registration are not required to attend.  All are welcome!


The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc

ONS, QC
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

Arthur Joseph LeBlanc was installed as the 33rdLieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia on June 28, 2017.

His Honour was born in West Arichat, Nova Scotia in 1943 and attended primary and secondary schools in that region. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and he earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Dalhousie University in 1968.  Following graduation, he was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in November 1968. 

His Honour practiced law for over 30 years, initially as an associate of Vincent deP Burke and subsequently as senior partner of the law firm LeBlanc MacDonald and Pickup and this firm was succeeded by LeBlanc MacDonald.  He maintained a solicitor’s practice and subsequently concentrated his practice in civil litigation.  In 1983, His Honour was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in recognition of his distinguished law career.

While practicing law, His Honour served as a Director with several corporations and development authorities.  He was also active with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Strait of Canso Barristers’ Society.

In 1998, he was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (General Division) and served on the bench until he was installed as Lieutenant Governor.

His Honour is the Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia and is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

His Honour is married to Her Honour Rosemarie Patricia (Patsy) LeBlanc (nee Lirette), who was born in Beresford, New Brunswick.  Together, they have three grown sons, Pierre, André, and Robert.  They have six grandchildren.   


Addressing the Lieutenant Governor in Person

The Lieutenant Governor – always pronounced: lef´ten-ent gov´er-ner – is the highest ranking official in Nova Scotia. Specific protocol exists to ensure appropriate respect for the Lieutenant Governor as the representative of the Crown.

When addressing the Lieutenant Governor in person, use: "Your Honour".

When referring to the Lieutenant Governor, always use: "His Honour" (or "Her Honour" as applicable).

The spouse of the Lieutenant Governor is also addressed in the same manner ("Your Honour", "Her Honour", or "His Honour" as applicable.)

When the Lieutenant Governor and spouse are together, they are addressed as "Your Honours" and referred to as "Their Honours".

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