The Lieutenant Governors

Each of the ten Canadian provinces has a Lieutenant Governor. He or she is appointed by the Governor General, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, usually for a period of five years.

In the provinces, Lieutenant Governors once represented the federal government. They now act as direct representatives of The Queen in their jurisdictions.

The Lieutenant Governor's constitutional duties include, among others:

  • Swearing in the provincial government’s Executive Council (Premier and Cabinet);
  • Opening each session of the provincial legislative assembly; and
  • Providing Royal Assent to provincial bills.

The Lieutenant Governor's ceremonial and community functions include, among others:

  • Promoting a sense of identity;
  • Representing The Queen in the province;
  • Acting as the province’s official host;
  • Supporting social causes; and
  • Recognizing outstanding citizens.

Lieutenant Governors of Canada

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