Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt
The short title for Ms. Dowdeswell is:
The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
The salutation for a letter or message addressed to Her Honour is “Your Honour”.
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Contact the Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Please be aware that all correspondence is processed before coming to the Lieutenant Governor’s attention.
Do you wish to complain about government policy or services?
Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Webmaster: firstname.lastname@example.org (Note: This address is for technical enquiries only.)
The Lieutenant Governor’s role in government decisions
In our system of responsible government, the Lieutenant Governor does not play any role in determining government policy. Rather, the government tenders formal advice to the Lieutenant Governor on the use of the Crown’s authority under the constitution and other laws. So long as the government enjoys the confidence of the Legislative Assembly, this advice is invariably accepted and legitimized by the Crown.
Although references to the Lieutenant Governor in Council appear in many government documents such as statutes, both the Constitution Act, 1867 (section 66) and the Legislation Act, 2006 (section 87) define the Lieutenant Governor in Council as the Lieutenant Governor “acting by and with the advice of the Executive Council”.
Much like how bills of the Legislative Assembly require Royal Assent from the Lieutenant Governor before becoming acts, many decisions of the Executive Council (Cabinet) are made in the form of “advice” to the Lieutenant Governor and require formal approval. Such decisions, called Orders-in-Council, are said to be made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and are subject to judicial review.
Members of the public wanting the Lieutenant Governor to act upon their behalf should contact the appropriate ministry of the Government of Ontario. A list of ministers responsible for provincial acts may be found on the e-Laws website. Those wishing to make a complaint about an Ontario government service should contact the Ombudsman of Ontario. Those who chose to write the Lieutenant Governor regarding these matters will receive a reply directing them to the appropriate ministry.