Order of precedence in Nova Scotia

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The Nova Scotia order of precedence is a nominal and symbolic hierarchy of important positions within the province of Nova Scotia. It has no legal standing but is used to dictate ceremonial protocol at events of a provincial nature.

  1. Queen of Canada (Queen Elizabeth II)
  2. Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (John James Grant CMM ONS CD)
  3. Premier of Nova Scotia (Stephen McNeil MLA)
  4. Chief Justice of Nova Scotia (Michael MacDonald)
  5. Former Lieutenant Governors
    1. Alan Abraham CM ONS CD
    2. Myra Freeman CM ONS
    3. Mayann Francis ONS
  6. Former Premiers
    1. Gerald Regan PC QC
    2. John Buchanan PC QC
    3. Roger Stuart Bacon
    4. Donald William Cameron
    5. Russell MacLellan
    6. John Hamm
    7. Rodney MacDonald
    8. Darrell Dexter
  7. Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (Kevin Murphy MLA)
  8. Members of the Executive Council of Nova Scotia
    1. Diana Whalen MLA, Deputy Premier, Deputy President of the Executive Council, Minister of Finance
    2. Keith Colwell MLA, Minister of Agriculture
    3. Michel Samson MLA, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
    4. Leo Glavine MLA
    5. Karen Casey MLA
    6. Kelly Regan MLA
    7. Andrew Younger MLA
    8. Geoff MacLellan MLA
    9. Zach Churchill MLA, Minister of Natural Resources
    10. Randy Delorey MLA
    11. Tony Ince MLA, Minister of Communities, Culture, and Heritage
    12. Joanne Bernard MLA
    13. Lena Diab MLA, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Minister of Immigration
    14. Labi Kousoulis MLA
    15. Mark Furey MLA
  9. Leader of the Opposition (Jamie Baillie MLA)
  10. Members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada resident in Nova Scotia
    1. Allan MacEachen PC
    2. Elmer MacKay PC QC
    3. Gerald Regan PC QC
    4. John Buchanan PC QC
    5. Robert Coates PC QC
    6. Stewart McInnes PC QC
    7. Peter McCreath PC
    8. David Dingwall PC QC
    9. Al Graham PC
    10. Bernie Boudreau PC QC
    11. Robert Thibault PC
    12. Geoff Regan PC MP
    13. Mark Eyking PC MP
    14. Scott Brison PC MP
    15. Peter MacKay PC QC MP
  11. Members of the Federal Cabinet who represent Nova Scotia
    1. Peter MacKay PC QC MP
  12. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Joseph P. Kennedy)
  13. Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Deborah K. Smith)
  14. Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) (Lawrence O'Neil)
  15. Justices of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
  16. Justices of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
  17. Chief Judge of the Provincial Court (Patrick Curran)
  18. Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court (Pamela S. Williams)
  19. Judges of the Provincial Court
  20. Chief Judge of the Family Court (James C Wilson)
  21. Judges of the Family Court
  22. Leader of the Third Party (Darrell Dexter MLA)
  23. Members of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (with precedence governed by the date of their first election to the Legislature)
  24. Members of the Senate who represent Nova Scotia (with precedence governed by date of appointment)
    1. Gerald J. Comeau
    2. Donald Oliver QC
    3. Wilfred P. Moore QC
    4. Jane Marie Cordy
    5. Terry Mercer
    6. Jim Cowan
    7. Stephen Greene
    8. Michael L. MacDonald
    9. Kelvin Ogilvie
    10. Tom McInnis
  25. Members of the House of Commons who represent Nova Scotia (with precedence governed by the date of their first election to the House of Commons)
    1. Peter Stoffer MP
    2. Gerald Keddy MP
    3. Rodger Cuzner MP
    4. Greg Kerr MP
    5. Megan Leslie MP
    6. Scott Armstrong MP
    7. Robert Chisholm MP
  26. Anglican Bishop of Nova Scotia (Anglican) (Sue Moxley)
  27. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Halifax (Anthony Mancini)
  28. Leaders of Faith Communities
  29. Consul General of France in Moncton and Halifax (Gilles Courregelongue)
  30. Consul General of the United States of America in Halifax (Daniel D. Koski (acting))
  31. Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality (Mike Savage)
  32. Commander, Joint Task Force Atlantic, Canadian Forces (Rear-Admiral David Gardham OMM CD)
  33. Commander, Land Force Atlantic Area, Canadian Forces (Brigadier General Christopher C. Thurrott OMM MSM CD)
  34. Assistant Commissioner, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Alphonse MacNeil

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