Executive Council (Canada)

Executive Council (Canada)

Executive Councils in the provinces and territories of Canada are constitutional organs headed by the Lieutenant-Governor.

The Cabinet is an informal grouping within the Council, headed by a provincial Premier, whom hold de facto power over the body. The Executive Council is a larger body, including both Cabinet members, former Cabinet members and other individuals, which technically advises the Lieutenant-Governor but which in practice has purely ceremonial purpose. They serve the same function provincially as the Queen's Privy Council for Canada does federally except that the Executive Council does not have the ceremonial role of directly advising the Queen, proclaiming her successors, or assenting to some Royal Marriages.

These are the:

*Executive Council of Alberta
*Executive Council of British Columbia
*Executive Council of Manitoba
*Executive Council of Newfoundland and Labrador
*Executive Council of New Brunswick
*Executive Council of Quebec
*Executive Council of Nova Scotia
*Executive Council of Ontario
*Executive Council of Prince Edward Island
*Executive Council of Saskatchewan

Canadian territories also have councils. These are the:

*Executive Council of Yukon
*Executive Council of the Northwest Territories
*Executive Council of Nunavut

The executive branch of the Canadian federal government is not called an executive council. Executive power is exercised by the Canadian Cabinet who are always members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.