If I am to be known for anything, I would like it to be for encouraging Canadians, for knowing a little bit about their daily, extraordinary courage. And for wanting that courage to be recognized.|
The Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc
The Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc became Governor General of Canada on February 8, 1995, following a long and distinguished career of public service. An Acadian born in Memramcook, New Brunswick in 1927, he was the first Governor General from the Maritimes.|
He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education at l'Université St-Joseph, Memramcook and studied French Civilization at l'Université de Paris. He also holds a number of honorary degrees.
In 1960, he turned to journalism, working as a correspondent for Radio-Canada. This led to Mr. LeBlanc serving as Press Secretary to Prime Ministers Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
Mr. LeBlanc was elected to the House of Commons in 1972, representing the riding of Westmorland-Kent in New Brunswick. He was a cabinet minister from 1974 to 1979 and 1980 to 1984.
As Canada's longest-serving fisheries minister, Mr. LeBlanc won a lasting reputation as a friend of the fishermen. He helped to establish Canada's 200-mile fishing limit and to shape the International Law of the Sea. Under his leadership, conservation and resource management encouraged strong growth in the fishing industry during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Mr. LeBlanc became a Senator in 1984 and was appointed Speaker of the Senate in 1993.
As Governor General, in addition to the official role and responsibilities, Mr. LeBlanc promoted several personal causes including voluntarism, the teaching of Canadian history, Aboriginal peoples, and peacekeeping and the military.
Roméo LeBlanc was married to Diana Fowler LeBlanc and they had four children. Mr. LeBlanc passed away on June 24, 2009.