The Lieutenant Governor of B.C. represents the King at the provincial level in Canada and is the legal head of state in British Columbia, which means he or she acts as chief public representative and has the highest ranking position in the provincial government.
The Lieutenant Governor is appointed by the Governor General of Canada, who in turn, acts on the advice of the King’s Privy Council for Canada. In practice, the Lieutenant Governor usually acts on the advice of the Premier, although there are occasions when the Lieutenant Governor may refuse to act on this advice. Lieutenant Governors are normally appointed for periods of five or more years.