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New lieutenant-governor says post-secondary education will be his focus

The province has a new lieutenant-governor.

Arthur LeBlanc of Richmond Co. was sworn in to the post during a ceremony at Province House Wednesday.

The West Arichat native, who was a lawyer in the Port Hawkesbury-area for many years, served as a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice since 1998.

LeBlanc tells The Hawk he never let being from a small area get in his way.

"I guess it shows that anybody from a small village can achieve what's happening to me," he says. "(And) not just me, but many others- many, many others."

LeBlanc says post-secondary education will be an important focus for him.

"I hope that more people take the chance, take the route of going either to university or community college," he says. "The more we are properly prepared for the workforce, the more likely that our young people will stay in Nova Scotia."

LeBlanc is the 33rd lieutenant-governor in the province, and the first Acadian to hold the position.

He says the expulsion of Acadians was a dark part of the province's history, but they've come a long way.

LeBlanc was preceded by retired brigadier-general J.J. Grant.

You can hear the full interview here:

Photo courtesy Communications Nova Scotia

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