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LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR--Holiday Season Message
Holiday season message from Lt.-Gov. John James Kinley:

My wife, Grace, and I have completed our third year as the
Queen's representative and Chatelaine in Nova Scotia, and we
welcome the occasion to again send greetings to you, our fellow
Nova Scotians.

Over three years, we have had the opportunity to meet and visit
with many Nova Scotians than ever before in our lives, and it
continues to be a wonderful experience. We have learned that the
position of the Lieutenant-Governor and his Chatelaine, which we
looked on as being mostly ceremonial, is much more than that. It
is a people job. When requested, we attend functions throughout
the province which are delightful experiences in themselves, and
also we receive people at Government House to be honoured or
recognized for some contribution they have made to their fellow
Nova Scotians.

As many of you know, certainly those of you who live in Halifax,
Government House has been during this period of three years under
a very thorough restoration. Next year, 1998, will be the 200th
anniversary of the commencement of the building of Government
House. I think you will agree that the house, having served for
two centuries and being the oldest Government House in North
America, is due for a renovation. Work will continue during the
winter season and we are now anticipating completion by next
summer. Because of renovations in progress, we held our
traditional garden party this year in Yarmouth where we received
a warm welcome. So much so, that next summer we hope to hold
another rural garden party in another part of the province in
addition to the traditional garden party at Government House in

In our three years, we have found that each year is quite
different from each other year. Indeed, one of the greatest
pleasures of being Lieutenant-Governor and Chatelaine is that
each day is different from any other, and each is a pleasant
experience. There are too many events in these 365 days to
mention them here, but I do want to mention a few that were
unique to this year.  

Our Queen Annapolisa, who represents the spirit of our Annapolis
Valley communities and who was chosen and crowned at the Apple
Blossom Festival held in May, was later chosen Miss Canada
International, which is a great thrill for Nova Scotians.

On Canada Day, I was honoured, on behalf of His Excellency the
Right Honourable Romeo LeBlanc, Governor General of Canada, to
present the first Caring Canadian Award to four Nova Scotians at
Citadel Hill in Halifax and to a fifth recipient in Pugwash who
was unable to attend the ceremony at Halifax. It is an award
conceived by His Excellency to give recognition to citizens whom
he refers to as, "the unsung heroes who work continuously as
volunteers on behalf of their fellow Canadians." These are the
first five awards presented in Nova Scotia, but I look forward to
many more.

Our Nova Scotia International Tattoo, which has gained worldwide
fame because of the excellence of its event, featured this year a
visit of His Majesty The King's Guard from Norway. Their superb
performance at the Tattoo and their visits in Lunenburg and
Chester along the South Shore of Nova Scotia brought back
memories of the wartime days when Norwegians joined with us in
the tremendous struggle of the Second World War.

Later in July, Grace and I were guests at the 40th anniversary of
the founding of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World
Affairs. The Pugwash Conference, which was founded by a Nova
Scotian, Cyrus Eaton, at his home, has become world famous for
its work to rid the world of nuclear bombs which are such a
terrible threat to all mankind. Dr. Joseph Rotblat, who received
the Nobel Peace Prize together with the Pugwash Conference, was
present for the occasion. In his retirement address, Dr. Rotblat
persevered with the message he has given during half a century
about the danger of a nuclear war which could exterminate the
human race.

On August 17, I was a guest of Zion Lutheran congregation in 
Lunenburg when they celebrated the 250th anniversary of their
founding, the oldest Lutheran congregation in Canada.  I was
joined on that occasion by my predecessor, the Honourable
Lloyd R. Crouse, and his wife, Marion, who are members of the 
congregation, in the church service and afterwards in the church
garden, which we officially opened with the planting of a tree, 
together with the minister and members of the congregation

Nova Scotia is a very historic province, and we have many
occasions in which to celebrate our heritage. The arrival of the
replica of John Cabot's Ship Matthew in our province last August
brought our attention back to our origins. The man we know as 
John Cabot, who was born in Italy as Giovanni Caboto, made his
historic voyage 500 years ago in the service of the King of
England, and although much of his voyage and discovery are
shrouded in mystery, he and his crew certainly landed in the part
of North America which is now Canada and changed our history and
the history of the world very significantly. Several experienced
Nova Scotian sailors were fortunate to sail as crew members of
the Matthew when she sailed in Canadian waters.

The summer was one of the warmest and sunniest we have
experienced for many years and a happy occasion not only for Nova
Scotians, but for the many tourists who visited our province.  

Later in the summer, we were saddened by the tragic death of
Diana, Princess of Wales, who was named "the people's princess."
Her death was followed in a few days by the death of Mother
Teresa. These two women, who were born to positions of wealth and
comfort, chose to work tirelessly on behalf of disadvantaged
people and will always be remembered as such. 

The beginning of the autumn season marked the reopening of
Neptune Theatre in its new premises in downtown Halifax. The new
Neptune Theatre rejoins the growing theatre industry in Nova
Scotia. This industry is blossoming all across our province with
major theatrical events at the Atlantic Theatre Festival and in
many of our other towns and villages throughout the province.

On Oct. 30, I was present at the Little Dutch Church in Halifax
for the official lift-off of the restoration project and the
announcement of the grant from the Nova Scotia government.

We have within this month of December commemorated the 80th
anniversary of the saddest event in our province's history, the
Halifax Explosion, an event which was the largest manmade
explosion to have ever occurred before the atomic explosions in
the Second World War. We still have living among us survivors of
this terrible catastrophe, and the stories that they can tell and
others have expressed are a triumph of human courage over
unbelievable disaster which inspire all of us. They are living
proof of the courage and determination of our people here in Nova

Each day brings new stories of courage and accomplishment which
are basic to our growth as a nation.  

Now we celebrate the holiday season. It is for all a family time
when we can contemplate how fortunate we are to live in Canada.
Again, Grace joins me in extending to all of you in friendship
our best wishes for a happy holiday season and good health and
happiness through the coming year.


ngr                   Dec. 17, 1997                4:25 p.m.