The Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland - Role and Responsibilities

Flag of the Lieutenant Governor
The Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador
Her Honour The Honourable Judy May Foote, P.C., O.N.L.

Role and 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.