Halifax – Joseph Howe Statue

1726 Hollis Street

On the premise of Province House, in the heart of downtown Halifax, standing since 1904, is the statue of Joseph Howe (1804-1873). Mr. Howe was a British ambassador who lived and died in Halifax. He was a journalist and later a politician at different governmental levels: local, provincial and federal. Mr. Howe is recognized for his social charming approach, writing skill and his oratory presence. Before his jump into politics, he was the editor of the Novascotian newspaper but he was better known after being accused of a serious crime due to his criticism of the government in place. During his 1835 trial, he defended himself.  With his ease and strategic use of words and his capacity in questioning and formulating constructive opinions and facts, he was able to not only win but he brought freedom of press on true information even on controversial and critical events. He was a pioneer for journalism on this subject not only in Nova Scotia but in Canada.

After this trial, the son of the judge challenged him to a dual. At Point Pleasant Park, Howe’s opponent missed his shot and Howe chose to fire his revolver in the air instead of shooting his opponent.

Despite his strong opinion and openness in sharing them, his claims did not always successfully conclude with his thoughts. Nonetheless, he brought new perceptive and decisional people surely requestionned their decisions before moving forward on their conclusions.

His passions with words and love of Nova Scotia and the British earned him the love of the residents.