Section 67 of the Constitution Act of 1867 states that:
The Governor General in Council may from Time to Time appoint an Administrator to execute the Office and Functions of Lieutenant Governor during his Absence, Illness, or other Inability.
In fact, a standing appointment is made by Order-in-Council of the federal government’s Treasury Board assented to by the Governor General. The Administrator of the Government of Québec can therefore act in place of the Lieutenant Governor in the event of the inability of the latter to perform the required duties.
Since 1958, the Administrator of the Government of Québec has been chosen among the senior judges of the Court of Appeal of Québec.
Since October 6, 2010, the Administrator of the Government of Quebec Judge France Thibault.
The Honourable France Thibault was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Quebec January 27, 1994 and promoted to the Court of Appeal on 1 December 1998.