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A government minister in British Columbia is (almost always) a member of the legislative assembly who is commissioned by the lieutenant governor on the advice of the premier to be responsible for one or more government departments or areas of government activity. These responsibilities comprise the minister's portfolio or portfolios. All the ministers in a government, including the premier, are known collectively as the ministry and meet as the cabinet to make decisions about government policy and administration. The lieutenant governor, acting on the advice of the premier, can terminate a minister’s commission. The resignation or termination of the commission of a premier terminates the commissions of all the ministers in that government.
It is assumed that ministers are, or will soon become, members of the legislative assembly but this is not specified in the Province’s constitutional documents; see Constitution Act (British Columbia).