Canada Post will pay tribute to a former Governor General whose lifelong pride in his country and steadfast belief in the potential of Canadians inspired a long and distinguished career in public service.
The late Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc was born in 1927, in Memramcook, New Brunswick. He began his career as a teacher before turning to journalism, working as a foreign correspondent for Radio-Canada. In 1965, LeBlanc became founding president of the CBC Radio-Canada Foreign Correspondents Association. He went on to serve as Press Secretary for Prime Ministers Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Trudeau.
“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.”
In 1972, LeBlanc took his first step into the political arena when he was elected to the House of Commons, representing New Brunswick’s Westmorland-Kent riding. He served as Minister of Fisheries in three of Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinets, becoming Canada’s longest serving minister in this position. During his tenure, LeBlanc oversaw the expansion of Canada’s coastal fishing zone from a 12-mile limit to its current 200-mile limit and helped shape the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He was appointed to the Senate in 1984 and Speaker of the Senate in 1993.
Title: The Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc
Date of Issue: 8 February 2010
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