Order of precedence in Alberta

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This article is about the order of precedence for dignitaries in the province of Alberta. For the federal list of precedence for Canadian dignitaries, see Canadian order of precedence.

The Alberta order of precedence is a nominal and symbolic hierarchy of important positions within the province of Alberta. It has no legal standing but is used to dictate ceremonial protocol at events of a provincial nature.

  1. The Queen of Canada (Queen Elizabeth II)
  2. The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta (Donald Ethell OC OMM AOE MSC CD)
  3. The Premier of Alberta (Dave Hancock QC MLA)
  4. The Chief Justice of The Court of Appeal of Alberta (Catherine Fraser)
  5. Former Lieutenant Governors of Alberta
    1. Norman Kwong CM, AOE
  6. Former Premiers of Alberta
    1. Don Getty OC AOE
    2. Ed Stelmach
    3. Alison Redford, QC MLA
  7. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (Gene Zwozdesky MLA)
  8. Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Canada
  9. Members of the Executive Council of Alberta, in relative order of precedence as determined by the Premier
    1. Doug Horner MLA, Finance, President of the Treasury Board
    2. Thomas Lukaszuk MLA, Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
    3. Cal Dallas MLA, International and Intergovernmental Relations
    4. Diana McQueen MLA, Energy
    5. Fred Horne MLA, Health
    6. Ken Hughes MLA, Municipal Affairs
    7. Jeff Johnson MLA, Education, Liaison to the Canadian Forces
    8. Verlyn Olson MLA, Agriculture and Rural Development, Deputy House Leader
    9. Jonathan Denis QC MLA, Justice, Solicitor General, Deputy House Leader
    10. Doug Griffiths MLA, Service Alberta
    11. Robin Campbell MLA, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government House Leader
    12. Heather Klimchuk MLA, Culture
    13. Frank Oberle MLA, Aboriginal Relations, Deputy House Leader
    14. Manmeet Bhullar MLA, Human Services
    15. Wayne Drysdale MLA, Transportation
    16. Richard Starke MLA, Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  10. Leader of the Official Opposition (Danielle Smith MLA)
  11. Members of the Queen's 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
  12. Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta with precedence governed by the date of their first election to the Legislature
  13. Members of the Canadian Senate, who represent Alberta, relative precedence determined by date of appointment
    1. Elaine McCoy QC
    2. Grant Mitchell
    3. Claudette Tardif
    4. Betty Unger
    5. Doug Black QC
    6. Scott Tannas
  14. Members of the Canadian House of Commons who represent Alberta constituencies, relative precedence determined by date of election (Calgary, Edmonton, rural)
  15. Chief Justice, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench (N.C. Wittmann)
  16. Justices of Alberta Court of Appeal
  17. Justices of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
  18. Heads of religious denominations
  19. 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)
  20. Chief Judge of the Provincial Court followed by judges in seniority of appointment
  21. Mayors
  22. Aboriginal Leaders
    1. Chiefs of the Treaty First Nations in Alberta, in order of seniority of election to office;
    2. President of Métis Settlements General Council (Randy Hardy)
    3. President of Métis Nation of Alberta (Audrey Poitras)
  23. The Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary
  24. The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly
  25. The Ombudsman
  26. The Provincial Auditor
  27. The Chief Electoral Officer (O. Brian Fjeldheim)
  28. The Ethics Commissioner (Neil R. Wilkinson)
  29. The Information and Privacy Commissioner (Jill Clayton)
  30. Deputy Ministers
  31. Senior Alberta government officials with rank of Deputy Minister as determined by the Executive Council
  32. Chief Executive Officers of Crown Corporations (relative precedence determined by date of appointment)
  33. Universities
    1. Chancellor of the University of Alberta (Ralph B. Young)
    2. Chancellor of the University of Calgary (Jim Dinning OC)
    3. Chancellor of the University of Lethbridge (Shirley McClellan)
    4. Chairman of the Board, University of Alberta
    5. Chairman of the Board, University of Calgary
    6. Chairman of the Board, University of Lethbridge
    7. Chairman of the Board, Athabasca University
    8. Chairman of the Board, Mount Royal University
    9. Chairman of the Board, MacEwan University
    10. President of the University of Alberta (Indira Samarasekera OC)
    11. President of the University of Calgary (M. Elizabeth Cannon)
    12. President of the University of Lethbridge (Michael J. Mahon)
    13. President of Athabasca University (Frits Pannekoek)
    14. President of Mount Royal University (David Docherty)
    15. President of Grant MacEwan University (David W. Atkinson)
  34. Police and military
    1. Commanding Officer, "K" Division, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Dale McGowan)
    2. Commander, 3rd Canadian Division (Brigadier-General J.C.G. Juneau, OMM MSM CD)
    3. Commanding Officer, HMCS Nonsuch
    4. Commanding Officer, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
    5. Commanding Officer, 1 Area Support Group
    6. Commanding Officer, 41 Canadian Brigade Group
    7. Commanding Officer, 4 Wing

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