In the past, in the Lieutenant Governor's absence, the Administrator would carry out routine business of the Lieutenant Governor's office. Prior to Confederation the acting Administrator chaired meetings of Council, sent reports to the British Colonial Office, acknowledged, dispatched and forwarded petitions and papers.
The Constitution Acts (1967 - 1982) states as follows in Section 67: "The Governor General in Council may from time to time appoint an administrator to Execute the Office and functions of the Lieutenant Governor during his absence, illness or other inability."
Currently, in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor (either through out-of-province commitments or if there were unforeseen time lapses between Lieutenant Governors terms of office) the practice has been for the Federal Cabinet to appoint the Chief Justice as Administrator.
Click on the links below for biographies of Administrators past. Unfortunately no photographs are available