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Roméo LeBlanc

Canadian politician

Died when: 81 years 188 days (978 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius


Roméo LeBlanc

Roméo-Adrien LeBlanc (December 18, 1927 – June 24, 2009) was a Canadian journalist, politician and statesman who served as Governor General of Canada, the 25th since Canadian Confederation.

LeBlanc was born and educated in New Brunswick, and also studied in France prior to becoming a teacher and then a reporter for Radio-Canada.

He was subsequently elected to the House of Commons in 1972, whereafter he served as a minister of the Crown until 1984, when he was moved to the Senate and became that chamber's Speaker.

In 1994, he was appointed as governor general by Queen Elizabeth II, on the recommendation of Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chrétien, to replace Ramon John Hnatyshyn as viceroy, and he occupied the post until succeeded by Adrienne Clarkson in 1999, citing his health as the reason for his stepping down.

His appointment as the Queen's representative caused some controversy, due to perceptions of political favouritism, though he was praised for raising the stature of Acadians and francophones, and for returning Rideau Hall to the centre of life in Ottawa.

On August 8, 1974, LeBlanc was sworn into the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.He died of Alzheimer's disease on June 24, 2009, aged 81.

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