Role & Responsibilities

Representing the Crown

Our system of government is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Canada and Head of State. The Lieutenant Governor is the representative of The Queen in Newfoundland and Labrador; this position is non-partisan and apolitical. The Lieutenant Governor acts on the advice of the Premier and the government, but has the right to advise, to encourage, and to warn.

One of the Lieutenant Governor’s responsibilities is to ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador always has a Premier. The Lieutenant Governor presides over the swearing-in of the Premier and cabinet Ministers. The Lieutenant Governor summons, prorogues, and dissolves the House of Assembly, delivers the Speech from the Throne and gives Royal Assent to Bills of the Legislative Assembly. The Lieutenant Governor signs official documents and meets with the Premier.

Honouring Achievement

The Lieutenant Governor presents honours and awards to people who have demonstrated excellence, valor, bravery, or dedication to service that brings credit to the province and the country.

Celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador

The Lieutenant Governor participates in commemorative ceremonies, provincial celebrations, and community activities across Newfoundland and Labrador. The Lieutenant Governor also hosts events at Government House in St. John’s and at other venues throughout the province.

Public engagement

The Lieutenant Governor engages in meaningful dialogue with Newfoundlanders and Labradorians from all regions on issues important to the Provinces’ well-being, through multi-disciplinary roundtables and discussions, public gatherings and a varied program of community events. Such issues may include a variety of topics such as gender equality, community building, diversity, literacy, mental health, innovation, the environment, science and our unique place in Canada and the world.

Term of Office

The Lieutenant-Governor is appointed by the Governor General, on the advice of the Prime Minister of Canada, for a period of not less than five years. Premature terminations can only be for cause. Extensions are possible following discussion between the Prime Minister and the Lieutenant-Governor.

Office of the Lieutenant-Governor

The Lieutenant-Governor is paid a salary and allowances by the Federal Government. The Provincial Government provides administrative, household and operational funding for Government House.

Honorary Aides-de-Camp are appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor to liaise with organizers on events Their Honours are to attend and accompany them to these events. They serve in a voluntary capacity, without remuneration. The Aides-de-Camp currently in place are family members, persons chosen by Their Honours, as well as representatives of the three branches of the Armed Forces, the two police forces in the Province, and the Church Lads Brigade.

Lieutenant Governor's Standard

A standard was approved by the Governor General in 1980 for all Lieutenant-Governors. This standard has precedence over any other flag including the national flag of Canada. It consists of the shield of each Province circled with ten gold maple leaves surmounted by a Royal Crown on a field of blue. The personal standard is flown at Government House and from flagpoles of buildings where duties are carried out to indicate presence of the Lieutenant-Governor. It is also customary to place the personal standard in the Lieutenant-Governor's study. The standard is never flown on a church or inside a church. It is never lowered to half-mast but on the death of the Lieutenant-Governor the standard is taken down until a successor is sworn in.