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The Order of Precedence outlines the order people should speak at special events in Alberta. Precedence may vary depending on the event. For further information please contact the Protocol Office.

  1. The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
  2. The Premier of Alberta
  3. The Chief Justice of The Court of Appeal of Alberta
  4. Former Lieutenant Governors; precedence is determined by date of their Commissions
  5. Former Premiers; precedence is determined by the date of their swearing-in ceremony
  6. The Speaker of Legislative Assembly of Alberta
  7. Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Canada
  8. Members of the Executive Council of Alberta, in relative order of precedence as determined by the Premier
  9. Leader of the Official Opposition
  10. Members of the Privy Council for Canada resident in Alberta, with relative precedence among them to, first, Members of the Canadian Cabinet and second, to those not in Cabinet
  11. Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta with precedence governed by the date of their first election to the Legislature
  12. Members of the Senate, who represent Alberta, relative precedence determined by date of appointment
  13. Members of the House of Commons who represent Alberta constituencies, relative precedence determined by date of election
  14. Chief Justice, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
  15. Justices of Alberta Court of Appeal
  16. Justices of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
  17. Heads of religious denominations
  18. Heads of Consular Posts: Consuls-General; Consuls; Vice-Consuls; Consular Agents (Precedence is determined by the date that definitive recognition is given by the Governor General)
  19. Chief Judge of the Provincial Court followed by judges in seniority of appointment
  20. Mayors
  21. Aboriginal Leaders: Chiefs of the Treaty First Nations in Alberta, in order of seniority of election to office; President of Metis Settlements General Council; President of Metis Nation of Alberta
  22. Senior Officials:
    • The Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary; the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly; the Ombudsman; the Provincial Auditor; the Chief Electoral Officer; the Ethics Commissioner, and the Information and Privacy Commissioner
    • Deputy Ministers; then Senior Alberta government officials with rank of Deputy Minister as determined by the Executive Council; then Chief Executive Officers of Crown Corporations (relative precedence determined by date of appointment)
    • City Councillors
  23. Universities: The Chancellor of the University of Alberta; Chancellor of the University of Calgary; Chancellor of the University of Lethbridge; Chairman of the Board, University of Alberta; Chairman of the Board, University of Calgary; Chairman of the Board, University of Lethbridge; Chairman of the Board, Athabasca University; President of the University of Alberta; President of the University of Calgary; President of the University of Lethbridge; President of the Athabasca University
  24. Police and Military: the Assistant Commissioner of "K" Division, Royal Canadian Mounted Police; General of the Land Forces Western Area Headquarters; Commanding Officers of Canadian Forces Bases Calgary, Cold Lake, Edmonton Suffield, Wainwright

Notes

The Table of Precedence for Alberta lists categories in their order of precedence as they apply to ceremonies and occasions of a provincial nature. At provincial functions where federal, foreign or diplomatic dignitaries are present, circumstances may dictate that provisions of the Table of Precedence of Canada or international rules of protocol be observed thus giving these dignitaries precedence over certain provincial categories.

In the absence of the Lieutenant Governor from the Province or his/her inability to carry out the duties of Lieutenant Governor for any reason, the Administrator of the Province takes the Lieutenant Governor's place of precedence.

For More Information

Protocol Office

Email protocol@edmonton.ca

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