Wednesday, June 24, 2009

In memoriam: Rt. Hon. Roméo LeBlanc

It's not often that New Brunswick produces a governor general. We could not have done better when one of our own, Roméo LeBlanc, was elevated to Canada's vice-regal position, which he held between 1995 and 1999. Born in Memramcook, Mr. LeBlanc passed away this morning at the age of 81 at his home in Grande-Digue. Tributes have been pouring in from across the nation since his death was announced early this afternoon. A state funeral is planned for Memramcook in early July.

I met Mr. LeBlanc only once - during an event I helped to organize for Habitat for Humanity here in Moncton during his term as governor general. Even though he was the governor general, he helped out on the construction of the Habitat home and couldn't have been more friendly, co-operative, charming and humble.

Mr. LeBlanc's terms as member of parliament, federal cabinet minister, senator and then governor general were marked by sense of decency that is being appreciated by many today.

I would like to take this opportunity to send my deepest heartfelt condolences to his entire family.

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