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A Commissioner is one of various classes of persons who holds an office by virtue of a commission in the normally from the head of state, particularly of a state in the Commonwealth of Nations.

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1 Canada's territories
2 British Crown Colonies
3 Commonwealth
4 Metropolitan Police

Canada's territories

A Commissioner is the ceremonial head of one of the Territories of Canada. They are answerable not to the Queen of Canada but to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. However, while commissioners used to have a direct day to day role in administration and governing and used to chair the Executive Council of the territory, today they are under instruction to act more like a provincial lieutenant-governor as territorial assemblies have taken on more and more responsibility.

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British Crown Colonies

The title of Commissioner is also used by the chief official of some of the minor
overseas territories of the United Kingdom. The title of High Commissioner was used for the administrator of the British Mandate of Palestine.


A Commissioner is also a diplomatic envoy from one Commonwealth government to another, stationed outside the capital city, who heads a mission equivalent to a consulate. The principal envoy, stationed in the capital city, is known as the High Commissioner. The reason for this is that members of the Commonwealth do not traditionally consider each other to be "foreign" countries thus it would be inappropriate for their envoys to be called ambassadors or consulss.

Metropolitan Police

In London's Metropolitan Police Service, the rank of Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis is equivalent to that of Chief Constable in the rest of the UK.