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Proper protocols for addressing the Mayor, Councillors and Dignitaries are as follows.

Addressing the Mayor

When introducing: His Worship Mayor Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton

In correspondence:

His Worship Don Iveson
Mayor, City of Edmonton
2nd Floor, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Salutation: Sir

In conversation or at official occasions: "Your Worship" (formal) or "Mayor Last Name" (less formal).

Addressing the Councillors

When introducing: Councillor First Name Last Name

In correspondence: Councillor First Name Last Name

In conversation or at official occasions:  Councillor Last Name

Styles of Address for Alberta Provincial Dignitaries

Mailing Address Salutation In conversation

Lieutenant Governor of a Alberta*
His/Her Honour the Honourable
(full name)

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Address

* The Lieutenant Governor of a province has the title "Honourable" for life; the courtesy title "His/Her Honour" is used only while in office.

Your Honour
or
My dear Lieutenant Governor:
"Your Honour"
first, then
"Sir" or "Madam"
or "Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss (name)"

Spouse of a Lieutenant Governor*
Her/His Honour

(full name)
Address

* The courtesy title "His/Her Honour" is used only while the Lieutenant Governor is in office.

Your Honour:
or
Dear Mrs./Mr. (name):
"Your Honour"
first, then "Madam/Mrs./Mr. (name)"

Former Lieutenant Governor
The Honourable

(full name)
Address

Dear Mr./Mrs./
Ms./Miss (name):
"Mr./Mrs./
Ms./Miss (name)"

Premier of  Alberta
The Honourable

(full name),

M.L.A.
Premier of Alberta
Address

* The title "Honourable" is used only while in office, unless he/she is a member of the Privy Council. "Mr. /Madam Premier" should not be used.

Dear Premier: "Premier"
first, then
"Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss (name)"

Provincial cabinet ministers
The Honourable

(full name), M.L.A.
Minister of ______________
Address

Note: A cabinet minister does not retain the title "Honourable" after tenure of office unless he/she is a member of the Privy Council.
M.L.A.: all provinces/territories except for:
- Ontario (M.P.P.)
- Quebec (M.N.A.)
- Newfoundland (M.H.A.)
The term "Mr. /Madam Minister" should not be used.

Dear Minister:
Dear Colleague: (between colleagues)
"Minister"
first, then
"Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss (name)"

Judges of Superior Courts
Appeal Court, Superior Court, Court of the Queen's Bench
The Honourable

(full name)
Judge of ______________
Address

Dear Mr./Madam Justice (name): "Mr./Madam Justice (name)"

Chief judges / judges of provincial courts
The Honourable

(full name)
Provincial Court of Alberta
Address

* The title "Honourable" is now recognized for provincially appointed judges. The courtesy title "His/Her Honour" is no longer appropriate given an official title has been granted.

Dear Chief Judge/Judge (name): "Judge (name)"
Members of a provincial legislative assembly
Mr. John Smith, M.L.A.
Address

Note: Members of the Queen's Privy Council retain the title "Honourable" for life and use the initials "P.C." after their name. M.L.A.: all provinces/territories except for:
- Ontario (M.P.P.)
- Quebec (M.N.A.)
- Newfoundland (M.H.A.)
Dear Mr./Mrs./
Ms./Miss (name),
"Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss (name)"

Closing Salutations for all Dignitaries: Sincerely

For More Information

Protocol Office

Email protocol@edmonton.ca

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