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Adventure Motors

Ray LeBlanc, a Returning Officer in Provincial Elections since 1963, retires

For the first time in more than 50 years, Ray LeBlanc of D’escousse will be watching a provincial election from the sidelines.   Since 1963, LeBlanc has been a returning

Chief Electoral Officer Richard Temporale (left) presents a QSV Award to retiring Cape Breton-Richmond Returning Officer Ray LeBlanc for his commitment to Quality, Service and Value.

officer  in Richmond County; presiding over 15 elections. Recently, LeBlanc announced his retirement.  Replacing LeBlanc as Returning Officer in Cape Breton-Richmond is Diane Rutherford of St. Peter’s

LeBlanc got his start by helping out his father Simon, who was the returning officer in the 1960 general election.

LeBlanc says he loved the work.


LeBlanc holds the unofficial title of the longest serving  Returning Officer in Canada.  No one else in the country, federally or provincially has served as long as a returning officer as LeBlanc.

Even though he’s retired, LeBlanc quipped he’ll continue to follow politics as long as it doesn’t keep him out of his garden.

Shine Factory

Richmond County officials admit they breached the Elections Act

Elections Nova Scotia says eight officials with the Richmond County Municipality have acknowledged they breached the Elections Act by being reimbursed for attending a Liberal Party event.  The political fund-raiser took place in May, 2014 featured Premier Stephen McNeil.  The amount reimbursed totalled 300 dollars.   All officials who were reimbursed have since returned the money claimed back to the municipality
The eight have entered into compliance agreements to follow the act in future.  They include then CAO Warren Olsen, former Warden Steve Sampson, as well former councillors Malcolm Beaton, Rod Samson, Shirley McNamara and Steve McNeil; and current councillors Alvin Martell and Brian Marchand. Former councillor Gail Johnston has not signed an agreement yet. Two others were cleared of any wrongdoing,  former councillor Victor David and current councillor Gilbert Boucher.   Neither David or Boucher sought reimbursement from the municipality.
The Chief Electoral Officer in his report, believes the councillors were unaware that being reimbursed for their ticket to the political fundraising event would be a breach of the Elections Act.