Premier of Quebec


Premier of Quebec

Infobox minister office
border = provincial
minister = prime
title = Premier
jurisdiction = Quebec

logo_description = Corporate signature of Quebec


incumbent = Jean Charest
his/her = His
appointed_by = Pierre Duchesne
governor = Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
first_minister = Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau
date = July 1, 1867
The Premier of Quebec (in French Premier ministre du Québec, sometimes literally translated as Prime Minister of Quebec) is the first minister for the Canadian province of Quebec. The Premier is the province's head of government and its title is Premier and President of the Executive Council.

The current Premier of Quebec is Jean Charest, appointed June 6, 2003.

election and qualifications

The Premier of Quebec is nominally appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, vice-regal representative of the Queen in Right of Quebec, as president of the Executive Council. He or she is most usually the head of the party winning the most seats in the National Assembly of Quebec, and is normally a sitting member of the National Assembly. An exception to this rule occurs when the winning party's leader fails to win the riding in which he is running. In that case, he would have to be elected in a by-election. This has happened, for example, to Robert Bourassa in 1985. The role of the Premier of Quebec is to announce the legislative priorities on the opening speech of the National Assembly. He represents the leading party and must be trusted by the Assembly.

Note that French Canadians do not make the distinction between 'Premier' and 'Prime Minister', which are both termed 'Premier Ministre' in French.

History

The Premiers of Quebec are elected since the application of the ministry responsibility principle. This principle exists from the convention, since the 'Loi Constitutionelle de 1867' (Constitutional Law of 1867) doesn't mention it.

ee also

* Politics of Quebec
* List of Quebec premiers
* Prime Minister of Canada
* Premier (Canada)

External links

* [http://www.premier.gouv.qc.ca/default_en.htm Premier of Quebec Official Site]


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