Order of precedence in Nova Scotia

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 (Mayann E. Francis ONS)
  3. Premier of Nova Scotia (Darrell Dexter MLA)
  4. Chief Justice of Nova Scotia (Michael MacDonald)
  5. Former Lieutenant Governors
    1. Alan Abraham CM ONS CD
    2. James Kinley ONS CD
    3. Myra Freeman CM ONS
  6. Surviving spouses of deceased Lieutenant Governors
    1. Nell Shaffner
    2. Marion Crouse
  7. 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. Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (Gordie Gosse MLA)
  9. Members of the Executive Council of Nova Scotia
    1. Frank Corbett MLA, Deputy Premier, Deputy President of the Executive Council, Minister of the Public Service Commission, and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia
    2. Maureen MacDonald MLA, Minister of Health and Wellness and Minister of Gaelic Affairs
    3. John MacDonell MLA, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Minister of Agriculture
    4. Bill Estabrooks MLA, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
    5. Graham Steele MLA, Minister of Finance and Minister of Acadian Affairs
    6. Marilyn More MLA, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, and Minister of Immigration
    7. Sterling Belliveau MLA, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Minister of Environment
    8. Percy Paris MLA, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs
    9. Denise Peterson-Rafuse MLA, Minister of Community Services and Minister of Seniors
    10. Ramona Jennex MLA, Minister of Education, and Minister of Youth
    11. Ross Landry MLA, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Nova Scotia and Minister of Emergency Management
    12. Charlie Parker MLA, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of Energy
    13. Dave Wilson MLA, Minister of Communities, Culture, and Heritage
  10. Leader of the Opposition (Stephen McNeil MLA)
  11. 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. Alex Colville PC CC ONS
    8. Peter McCreath PC
    9. David Dingwall PC QC
    10. Al Graham PC
    11. Bernie Boudreau PC QC
    12. Robert Thibault PC
    13. Geoff Regan PC MP
    14. Mark Eyking PC MP
    15. Scott Brison PC MP
  12. Members of the Federal Cabinet who represent Nova Scotia
    1. Peter MacKay PC QC MP
  13. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Joseph P. Kennedy)
  14. Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Deborah K. Smith)
  15. Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) (Robert F. Ferguson)
  16. Justices of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
  17. Justices of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
  18. Chief Judge of the Provincial Court (Patrick Curran)
  19. Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court (Brian Gibson)
  20. Judges of the Provincial Court
  21. Chief Judge of the Family Court (John D. Comeau)
  22. Judges of the Family Court
  23. Leader of the Third Party (Jamie Baillie MLA)
  24. Members of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (with precedence governed by the date of their first election to the Legislature)
  25. 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. Fred Dickson QC
    8. Stephen Greene
    9. Michael L. MacDonald
    10. Kelvin Ogilvie
  26. 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
  27. Anglican Bishop of Nova Scotia (Anglican) (Sue Moxley)
  28. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Halifax (Anthony Mancini)
  29. Leaders of Faith Communities
  30. Consul General of France in Moncton and Halifax (M. Olivier Nicolas)
  31. Consul General of the United States of America in Halifax (Harold D. Foster)
  32. Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality (Peter Kelly)
  33. Commander, Joint Task Force Atlantic, Canadian Forces (Rear-Admiral David Gardham OMM CD)
  34. Commander, Land Force Atlantic Area, Canadian Forces (Brigadier General Anthony Stack CD)
  35. Assistant Commissioner, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Ian E. Atkins OOM)

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