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 Saskatchewan; 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 Saskatchewan always has a Premier. The Lieutenant Governor presides over the swearing-in of the Premier, the Chief Justice of Saskatchewan, and cabinet ministers. The Lieutenant Governor summons, prorogues, and dissolves the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, delivers the Speech from the Throne and gives Royal Assent to acts of the Legislative Assembly. The Lieutenant Governor signs official documents and meets with the Premier.
The Lieutenant Governor presents honours and awards to people who have demonstrated excellence, valour, bravery, or dedication to service that brings credit to the province and the country.
The Lieutenant Governor participates in commemorative ceremonies, provincial celebrations, and community activities across Saskatchewan. The Lieutenant Governor also hosts events at Government House in Regina and at other venues throughout the province.