Garde Gardom

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Garde Gardom

26th Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia
In office
April 21, 1995 – September 25, 2001
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralRoméo LeBlanc
Adrienne Clarkson
PremierMichael Harcourt
Glen Clark
Dan Miller
Ujjal Dosanjh
Gordon Campbell
Preceded byDavid Lam
Succeeded byIona Campagnolo
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Vancouver-Point Grey
In office
September 12, 1966 – October 22, 1986
Serving with Pat McGeer
Preceded byRobert Bonner
Ralph Raymond Loffmark
Succeeded byKim Campbell
Personal details
Garde Basil Gardom

(1924-07-17)July 17, 1924
Banff, Alberta
DiedJune 19, 2013(2013-06-19) (aged 88)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political partySocial Credit (1974-?)
Liberal Party (1966-1974)
Spouse(s)Theresa Helen Eileen Mackenzie
m. February 11, 1956
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia

Garde Basil Gardom, QC OBC (July 17, 1924 – June 18, 2013) was a Canadian politician, lawyer, and the 26th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

Early life[edit]

Gardom was born in Banff, Alberta on July 17, 1924.[1] He grew up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, and attended high school in Vancouver.[2] He obtained his BA and LLB degrees from the University of British Columbia. During his undergraduate years, he played varsity basketball for the Thunderbirds[3] and was an active member of the BC Alpha Chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.[1] He then practiced law in Vancouver.

Political career[edit]

Gardom was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the constituency of Vancouver-Point Grey in the general elections of 1966, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1979, and 1983.[1] Originally a Liberal, he joined the Social Credit party in 1974 and was appointed to the cabinet of Premier Bill Bennett in 1975.[4] He held numerous ministerial positions including Attorney General, Minister of Intergovernmental Relations, and was the longest-serving Government House Leader.[1]

In 1987, Gardom was appointed the agent-general for British Columbia in London, England.[4] He served in that post until 1992.[2]

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

In 1995 Gardom was appointed Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia by Governor General Roméo LeBlanc, on the advice of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. He was the only non-Liberal politician to be appointed as a Lieutenant Governor during Chrétien's term (although Gardom started out his career with the Liberals). He served until 2001. In 2002 he received the Order of British Columbia.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1956, Gardom married Helen Eileen Mackenzie. They had five children.[1]


Gardom died on June 18, 2013, aged 88.[4][6]


Coat of arms of Garde Gardom
Issuant from a coronet erablé Gules the rim encircled with a frieze of fleurs-de-lys Or an arm in armour embowed grasping a sword all Or;
Or an open book Argent bound Azure charged with a representation of the Mace of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in bend Or between a chief dancetty of five and in base three barrulets wavy Azure;
On a grassy mound Vert set dexter and sinister with dogwood flowers Argent seeded Or and in base with Icelandic poppies proper dexter a stag Or unguled and attired and gorged with a collar Azure pendant therefrom a hurt charged with an ansul Or sinister a mare Or unguled and maned Azure gorged with a like collar charged with a stag’s head affronty Or;


  1. ^ a b c d e Simpson, Kieran (1995). The Canadian Who's who - Kieran Simpson - Google Books. ISBN 9780802046857. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Drews, Keven (June 19, 2013). "Longtime B.C. politician, former lieutenant governor Garde Gardom dies at 88". The Canadian Press.
  3. ^ Gardom, Garde. "Garde GARDOM Obituary". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Garde Gardom recalled fondly as a 'happy warrior' with a terrific sense of humour".
  5. ^ Who's who in the West: A Biographical Dictionary of Noteworthy Men and Women ... - Google Books. 2004. ISBN 9780837909356. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "Garde Gardom, former lieutenant-governor and MLA, dies at age 88 - Business". Times Colonist. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "Gardom, Garde Basil [Individual]". The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

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