List of premiers of British Columbia
This is a list of the premiers of
British Columbia, Canada, since joining the Confederation in 1871. British Columbia uses a unicameral Westminster-style parliamentary government, in which the premier is the leader of the party that controls the most seats in the Legislative Assembly. The premier acts as British Columbia's head of government, while the Queen of Canadaacts as its head of stateand is represented by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The premier picks a cabinet from the elected members to form the Executive Council of British Columbia, and presides over that body.
Members are first elected to the legislature during general elections. General elections must be conducted every four years from the date of the last election. An election may also happen if the Governing party loses the confidence of the legislature, by the defeat of a supply bill or tabling of a confidence motion.
This article only covers the time since British Columbia joined the
Canadian Confederationwas in 1871. Prior to the joining, it was a British colony governed by the Governors of British Columbia. Until 1903, British Columbia did not use a party system.
Premiers of British Columbia
*cite web|url=http://www.gov.bc.ca/bcfacts/premiers.html|title=Premiers of British Columbia, 1871- today|publisher=Province of British Columbia|accessdate=2008-10-03
*Cite encyclopedia |editor=James H. Marsh |encyclopedia=The Canadian Encyclopedia |title=British Columbia |edition=2000 |year=1999 |publisher=McClelland & Stewart |location=Toronto |id=ISBN 0-7710-2099-6
List of Leaders of the Opposition in British Columbia
List of British Columbia premiers by time in officeFor more lists of this type, see Lists of incumbents.
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