How To Address the Premier of a Province?
On Saturday, I will be formally introduced to the Premier of Manitoba. I’ve been unable to find the correct “greeting”. Would you be kind enough to tell me how I should address this individual when meeting him?
– Katie S.
Dear Ms. S.:
I include that form on page 308 of my book. Premiers of Canadian provinces are most formally addressed in conversation simply by their office.
So in conversation the most formal response is:
——–Premier, it is a pleasure to meet you.
Not sure why Canadian’s don’t use Premier (name) … but none of the references suggest it.
Canadians also address their premiers as Mr./Ms. (name).
So less formally it would also be acceptable to say:
—-—-Mr. Selinger, it is a pleasure to meet you.
— Robert Hickey
How to Address Canadian Officials
Is a Member of a Canadian Provincial Parliament Addressed as The Honourable MPP?
I am a parent at a school and we are hosting an event tonight. Our local, elected provincial MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament) will be in attendance. Would he merit the introduction of The Honourable? Thanks in advance for your time
—-—-—-—-—-—–— Chantal in Ontario
I have a entire chapter on Canadian forms in my book covering national, provincial, and municipal officials.
MPP’s are not the Honourable.
Address or introduce as:
—-—-Mr. Peter Fonseca, member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
—-—-Ms. Christine Elliott, member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
The only provincial offices addressed as the Honourable are the premier, commissioner, government leader, provincial or territorial minister and speaker of a provincial assembly — but, not the members of the assembly.
— Robert Hickey How to Address Canadian Officials