Garde Gardom

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Garde Gardom

26th Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia
In office
April 21, 1995 – September 25, 2001
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Roméo LeBlanc
Adrienne Clarkson
Premier Michael Harcourt
Glen Clark
Dan Miller
Ujjal Dosanjh
Gordon Campbell
Preceded by David Lam
Succeeded by Iona 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 by Robert Bonner
Ralph Raymond Loffmark
Succeeded by Kim Campbell
Personal details
Garde Basil Gardom

(1924-07-17)17 July 1924
Banff, Alberta
Died 19 June 2013(2013-06-19) (aged 88)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Political party Social Credit (1974-?)
Liberal Party (1966-1974)
Spouse(s) Theresa Helen Eileen Mackenzie
m. 11 Feb 1956
Alma mater University of British Columbia

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

Early life

Gardom was born in Banff, Alberta on 17 July 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

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

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

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


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



  1. ^ a b c d e "The Canadian Who's who - Kieran Simpson - Google Books". Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  2. ^ a b Drews, Keven (2013-06-19). "Longtime B.C. politician, former lieutenant governor Garde Gardom dies at 88". The Canadian Press.
  3. ^ Gardom, Garde. "Garde GARDOM Obituary". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 8 June 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". Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  6. ^ "Garde Gardom, former lieutenant-governor and MLA, dies at age 88 - Business". Times Colonist. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  7. ^

External links

  • Garde Gardom on B.C. Government House website
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