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Speech from the Throne
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- textual record
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- Source of title proper: Opening speech; closing speech
- Source of title proper: Title based on contents of the series.
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- British Columbia. Premier
Physical description area
80 cm of textual records
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The Premier is the first minister of the government. In this role, the Premier makes recommendations to the Lieutenant-Governor for the selection and dismissal of ministers of government, and for the dissolution of the legislature. The Premier also signs orders-in-council, and presides over meetings of the Executive Council. The Lieutenant-Governor usually selects the Premier from the leader of the party holding the largest number of seats, or the party most able to form a government. In British Columbia, the office was established in 1871; when the province joined Confederation. However, it was not until 1921, when the office was first named in the Constitution Act (SBC 1921, c. 12). Since 1933, the Premier has also served as the President of the Executive Council. This was formalized in the Constitution Act in 1973 (SBC 1973 c. 20).
Scope and content
The series consists of speeches from the Throne by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, at which he or she addressed the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia at its opening and closing sessions.
Immediate source of acquisition
Transferred by the Legislative Library, the Protocol and Events Branch and the Deputy Provincial Secretary. The 2013 speech was transferred from the Office of the Speaker.
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Restrictions on access
There are no access restrictions.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
- A file list is available.
- PDF version:
Further accruals are expected.
Archives code(s): 95-1262; GR-1756; GR-1538; GR-1539; GR-0372; GR-0373; GR-0357; GR-0652; GR-1031; GR-1712.
Accession number(s): 95-1262
Most of the speeches are on oversize heavy paper and tied with a red ribbon, while others are printed versions.
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Name access points
- British Columbia. Lieutenant Governor (Subject)
- British Columbia. Legislative Assembly (Subject)
- British Columbia. Legislative Library (Subject)
- British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. Office of the Speaker (Subject)
- Office of the Deputy Provincial Secretary (Subject)