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Leader of the Official Opposition (Canada)

Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition
Chef de la loyale opposition de Sa Majesté
Residence Stornoway
Term length While leader of the largest party not in government
Inaugural holder Alexander Mackenzie
Formation March 1873
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The Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition (French: chef de la loyale opposition de Sa Majesté), or simply the Leader of the Opposition (French: chef de l'opposition) is the leader of Canada's Official Opposition, the party possessing the most seats in the House of Commons but is not the governing party or part of the governing coalition. The Leader of the Opposition is expected to be the interim leader of the Conservative Party.

Though the Leader of the Opposition must be a member of the House of Commons,[1] the office should not be confused with the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons, which is the formal title of the opposition house leader. There is also a Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, who is usually of the same party as the Leader of the Opposition, but, as there are no members of the NDP in the Senate, the Liberal Party forms the Opposition in the Senate of Canada.

The Leader of the Opposition is entitled to the same levels of pay and protection as a Cabinet minister. He or she is entitled to reside at the official residence of Stornoway and ranks fourteenth on the Order of Precedence, after Cabinet ministers and before lieutenant governors of the provinces. In the House of Commons seating plan, the Leader of the Opposition sits directly across from the Prime Minister.

See also


  1. ^ Role of Opposition Parties in Canada, Compendium of Procedure, House of Commons of Canada.
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