|Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Preceded by||Tom Rideout|
|Succeeded by||Lynn Verge|
|MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans|
|Preceded by||John Lundrigan|
|Succeeded by||Mike Mackey|
August 23, 1943 |
Howley, Newfoundland and Labrador
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Leonard Archibald (Len) Simms (born October 23, 1943) is a Canadian politician from Newfoundland and Labrador. He was the Progressive Conservative Member of the House of Assembly for Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans from 1979 to 1995. Since 2005, Simms has been chairman and chief executive officer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, a provincial crown corporation.
He served as Speaker of the House of Assembly from 1979 to 1982 when he was appointed to the provincial cabinet of Premier Brian Peckford. Simms served in the portfolios of Culture, Recreation and Youth, Forest Resources and Lands, President of Treasury Board and President of Executive Council.
Simms ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1989 but lost to Tom Rideout who subsequently appointed him Development Minister in his Cabinet. The Tory government was defeated in the 1989 general election and Simms moved to the Opposition benches. He succeeded Rideout in 1991 to become Leader of the Opposition and party leader. The party lost the 1993 general election and Simms resigned as party leader two years later.
He was appointed head of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation by Premier Danny Williams in 2005. In 2007 he stepped down in order to take a senior role in Williams' 2007 re-election campaign and was immediately re-appointed to the $130,000 a year housing corporation position following the election leading to complaints of "blatant patronage" from the Opposition.
- "Senior executive appointments made". Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. 23 February 2005. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- "Newfoundland cuts cabinet as election rumors fly". Toronto Star. 28 March 1989. p. A.8. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- "Tory leadership race a cliff-hanger". The Record. 1 May 1995. p. B.3. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- Critics decry 'obscene' patronage in Simms reappointment, CBC News, October 19, 2007