Lieutenant Governor in Council

The position of the Lieutenant Governor is apolitical. This means that the Lieutenant Governor does not get involved in any political activity, intervene in day-to-day issues and decisions made by Alberta government ministries, or advocate for groups or individuals seeking to change government policy.

The term "Lieutenant Governor in Council" appears in many government documents, such as acts of legislation. Legally, it refers to the Lieutenant Governor acting on and with the advice of the Executive Council or Cabinet. When the Cabinet makes a decision and it has been approved by the Lieutenant Governor, it is said to have been made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

People wanting the "Lieutenant Governor in Council" to act upon their behalf should instead refer their request to the appropriate Government of Alberta ministry. If you have already tried to resolve the problem with the Government directly, you may wish to consult the Office of the Ombudsman of Alberta. If you chose to write the Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour will forward your letter to the appropriate Minister of the Crown for his or her attention and response.