Government of Prince Edward Island

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Government of
Prince Edward Island
Flag of Prince Edward Island.svg
Legislative branch
LegislatureLegislative Assembly
Meeting placeProvince House
Executive branch
Main bodyExecutive Council
Head of GovernmentPremier
Viceregal RepresentativeLieutenant Governor
Judicial branch
CourtSupreme Court

The Government of Prince Edward Island refers to the provincial government of the province of Prince Edward Island. Its powers and structure are set out in the Constitution Act, 1867.

In modern Canadian use, the term "government" referred broadly to the cabinet of the day (formally the Executive Council of Prince Edward Island), elected from the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island and the non-political staff within each provincial department or agency – that is, the civil service.

The Province of Prince Edward Island is governed by a unicameral legislature, the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, which operates in the Westminster system of government. The political party that wins the largest number of seats in the legislature normally forms the government, and the party's leader becomes premier of the province, i.e., the head of the government.

Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island[edit]

The functions of the Sovereign, Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, and known in this province (Prince Edward Island) as the Queen in Right of Prince Edward Island, are exercised by the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island. The Lieutenant Governor is appointed by the Governor General of Canada on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Canada, in consultation with the Premier of Prince Edward Island.


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