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The premier is the name given to the head of government of the Province of British Columbia and is the Province's chief elected executive official. The premier is commissioned by the lieutenant governor to form a government which has the support of a majority of members of the legislative assembly . The premier is usually the leader of the political party which has won a majority of seats in the legislative assembly. See also cabinet ; coalition ; head of state ; majority government ; minister ; minority government ; parliamentary system .
Although the premier is mentioned in the Constitution Act (British Columbia) as president of the executive council (section 9(1)), the position and role of the premier in the governmental system is not well specified in provincial constitutional documents. Even though the premier is the most important political office in the province, the functions and responsibilities of the premier as head of government are left to customary practices rather than constitutional law.