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Opposition House Leaders

The position of Opposition House Leader evolved gradually in the 1950s: an opposition M.P. - usually, but not always, the same - would question the Government House Leader regarding the planned business of the House for the coming week. The title became official in 1963.

The function of Opposition House Leader did not fully emerge until the late 1950's, when the Liberals came to Opposition. In the years preceding the 23rd Parliament, when the Conservatives were in Opposition, their most frequent spokesmen as to the business of the House schedule were Donald M. Fleming and Howard C. Green, or the party leader himself.


Opposition House Leaders

NamePolitical Affiliation
during Tenure
Term (year)
Julian, Peter New Democratic Party 2014 -
Cullen, Nathan New Democratic Party 2012 - 2014
Comartin, Joe New Democratic Party 2011 - 2012
Mulcair, Thomas J. New Democratic Party 2011 - 2011
Goodale, Ralph Liberal 2006 - 2010
Hill, Jay D. Conservative 2005 - 2006
Reynolds, John Douglas Conservative 2004 - 2005
Hearn, Loyola Conservative 2004 - 2004
Hearn, Loyola (Acting) Progressive Conservative 2004 - 2004
Reynolds, John Douglas Canadian Alliance 2002 - 2003
White, Randy A. Canadian Alliance 2001 - 2002
Reynolds, John Douglas Canadian Alliance 2001 - 2001
Strahl, Charles (Chuck) Canadian Alliance 2000 - 2001
Strahl, Charles (Chuck) Reform 2000 - 2000
White, Randy A. Reform 1997 - 2000
Tremblay, Suzanne Bloc Québécois 1997 - 1997
Duceppe, Gilles Bloc Québécois 1996 - 1997
Gauthier, Michel Bloc Québécois 1993 - 1996
Dingwall, David Charles Liberal 1991 - 1993
Gauthier, Jean-Robert Liberal 1990 - 1991
Gray, Herbert Eser (Herb) Liberal 1984 - 1990
Hnatyshyn, Ramon John Progressive Conservative 1984 - 1984
Nielsen, Erik Progressive Conservative 1983 - 1984
Lewis, Douglas Grinslade Progressive Conservative 1983 - 1983
Nielsen, Erik Progressive Conservative 1981 - 1983
Baker, Walter David Progressive Conservative 1980 - 1981
MacEachen, Allan Joseph Liberal 1979 - 1979
Baker, Walter David Progressive Conservative 1976 - 1979
Baldwin, Gerald William Progressive Conservative 1974 - 1976
Bell, Thomas Miller Progressive Conservative 1973 - 1974
Baldwin, Gerald William Progressive Conservative 1968 - 1973
Starr, Michael Progressive Conservative 1965 - 1968
Churchill, Gordon Minto Progressive Conservative 1963 - 1965
Chevrier, Lionel Liberal 1957 - 1963
Deputy Opposition House Leaders

NamePolitical Affiliation
during Tenure
Term (year)
Toone, Philip New Democratic Party 2013 -
Groguhé, Sadia New Democratic Party 2012 - 2013
Laverdière, Hélène New Democratic Party 2011 - 2012
Comartin, Joe New Democratic Party 2011 - 2011
Foote, Judy Liberal 2010 - 2011
Jennings, Marlene Liberal 2008 - 2010
Robillard, Lucienne Liberal 2007 - 2008
Jennings, Marlene Liberal 2006 - 2007
Kenney, Jason Conservative 2004 - 2006
Strahl, Charles (Chuck) Conservative 2004 - 2004
Breitkreuz, Garry W. Conservative 2004 - 2004
Breitkreuz, Garry W. (Acting) Conservative 2004 - 2004
Strahl, Charles (Chuck) Canadian Alliance 2003 - 2003
Skelton, Carol Canadian Alliance 2002 - 2003
Gallant, Cheryl Canadian Alliance 2001 - 2002
McNally, Grant Canadian Alliance 2000 - 2001
Grewal, Gurmant Singh Reform 1998 - 2000
Epp, Ken Reform 1997 - 1998
Bellehumeur, Michel Bloc Québécois 1997 - 1997
Tremblay, Suzanne Bloc Québécois 1996 - 1997
Bellehumeur, Michel Bloc Québécois 1994 - 1996
Langlois, François Bloc Québécois 1993 - 1994
Boudria, Don Liberal 1991 - 1993
Dingwall, David Charles Liberal 1990 - 1990
Gauthier, Jean-Robert Liberal 1989 - 1990
Guilbault, Jacques Liberal 1984 - 1989
Dick, Paul Wyatt Deputy House Leader for committees Progressive Conservative 1983 - 1984
McMillan, Thomas Michael Deputy House Leader for Question Period Progressive Conservative 1983 - 1984
Crosby, Howard Edward Progressive Conservative 1983 - 1983
Lewis, Douglas Grinslade Progressive Conservative 1981 - 1983
Nielsen, Erik Progressive Conservative 1980 - 1981
Hnatyshyn, Ramon John Progressive Conservative 1976 - 1979
Baker, Walter David Progressive Conservative 1973 - 1976
McCutcheon, Maclyn (Mac) Thomas Progressive Conservative 1972 - 1973
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Updated on: 2012.04.20

Revised on: 2012.04.20

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