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Hon. Roméo LeBlanc
A. & J. Hay
1995-1998, 20th century
6.7 cm
Gift of M. Robert Pichette
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Roméo LeBlanc, from the Memramcook Valley, was named Governor General of Canada on February 8, 1995, after a long and distinguished career of public service. He was the first Acadian to be appointed to this position.

LeBlanc has bachelor of arts and bachelor of education degrees from the Université Saint-Joseph. In the 1960s, he gave up teaching and became a journalist, then served as press secretary to prime ministers Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

Elected to the House of Commons in 1972 as MP for Westmorland-Kent in southeastern New Brunswick, he was minister of fisheries and oceans from 1974 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984. In 1984 he became a senator and was appointed speaker of the Senate in 1993.

  • What

    This heavy metal paperweight is a reproduction of the seal of the Order of Canada, of which the Governor General is the chancellor.

  • Where

    This paperweight was on the desk of the Governor General, the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc.

  • When

    The Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc was the 25th Governor General of Canada since Confederation.

  • Who

    The inscription around the edge of the paperweight reads: "S.E. LE TRÈS HON. ROMÉO LEBLANC, C.P., C.M.M., C.D." This means His Excellency, the Right Honourable Roméo Leblanc, Privy Councillor, Commander, Order of Military Merit, Canadian Forces Decoration.