The Lieutenant Governor

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell 

The Lieutenant Governor is the representative of The Queen in Ontario. In his or her constitutional role, the Lieutenant Governor swears in the Executive Council, opens each session of parliament and outlines the Government’s plans in the Speech from the Throne, provides the Royal Assent needed for bills to become law, approves Orders-in-Council and appointments recommended by Cabinet, and prorogues or dissolves each session of Parliament.

The Lieutenant Governor is appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister for a five-year term.