The Great Seal of the Province of Nova Scotia was authorized — the first of its kind in Canada. “The seal is engraved on either side with the royal arms and the provincial arms. The purpose of the seal is to manifest the authority of the Crown at the provincial level and permits documents to be ‘signed and sealed’ at Halifax. Using seals to indicate ‘sovereign will’ is a tradition passed down from the British colonial system of government. The keeper of the Great Seal is the Minister of Justice who receives it from the Lieutenant Governor upon being sworn into office. The Seal is returned by the Minister when the Lieutenant Governor leaves office. Respect for, and protection of, the Great Seal and its associated powers is enshrined in a provincial statute known as the Lieutenant Governor and Great Seal Act.” (From the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia web site,