Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador leadership elections

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This page lists the results of leadership elections held by the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. After the defeat of the party's first leader in the 1949 general election and until 1966 the party leadership was officially vacant and the House leader served as de facto party leader.[1]

1949 leadership convention[edit]

(Held April 8, 1949)

Developments 1949-1966[edit]

Mews was defeated in the 1949 general election and resigned sometime afterward. John Gilbert Higgins was elected House leader and became the first post-Confederation Leader of the Opposition. Higgins retired at the 1951 general election,[2] and Peter Cashin was elected House leader afterwards. Cashin resigned on January 26, 1953,[3] and Malcolm Hollett was elected to succeed him. Hollett was defeated in the 1959 general election and James J. Greene was elected as his replacement. Greene resigned on January 14, 1966, and Noel Murphy was chosen acting leader.[4]

1966 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on April 30, 1966)[1]

(Note: the vote totals were not released)

Murphy was defeated in the 1966 general election and Gerry Ottenheimer was elected House leader.

1967 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on May 13, 1967)[5]

Ottenheimer resigned on November 11, 1969. Party President William Marshall was made interim leader and Anthony Joseph Murphy was chosen House leader.

1970 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on May 16, 1970)[6]

1979 leadership convention[edit]

(Held March 17, 1979)[7]

First Ballot:

Second Ballot (Maynard, Hickey, Trask, Prowse and Wyatt eliminated and Morgan withdrew):

Third Ballot (Carter eliminated.):

1989 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on March 11, 1989)[8]

First Ballot:

Second Ballot (Barrett eliminated):

Third Ballot (Hearn eliminated, Windsor withdrew):

1991 leadership convention[edit]

(Held October 19, 1991)

1995 leadership convention[edit]

(Held April 29, 1995)

Verge was defeated in the 1996 general election and Sullivan was appointed interim leader.

1998 leadership convention[edit]

(Held March 7, 1998)

2001 leadership convention[edit]

(Held April 7, 2001)

Williams resigned as premier and party leader on December 3, 2010. Kathy Dunderdale was chosen interim leader and premier.

2011 leadership convention[edit]

(Held April 2, 2011)

2014 leadership convention[edit]

(Held March 2014)

(Held September 13, 2014)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b St. John's Evening Telegram, May 2, 1966
  2. ^ Jack Higgins: Newfoundlander Through and Through, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  3. ^,3477499&dq=hollett&hl=en Cashin Ousted as PC leader in St. John's, Montreal Gazette, January 27, 1953,
  4. ^ St. John's Evening Telegram, January 15, 1966.
  5. ^ St. John's Evening Telegram, May 15, 1967
  6. ^ St. John's Evening Telegram, May 18, 1970
  7. ^ St. John's Evening Telegram, March 19, 1979
  8. ^ St. John's Evening Telegram, March 13, 1989
  • Carty, Kenneth R., et al., Leaders and Parties in Canadian Politics: Experiences of the Provinces. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Canada, 1992.