Deputy Premier of Ontario

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Deputy Premier of Ontario
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Incumbent
Christine Elliott

since June 29, 2018
Executive Council of Ontario
Style The Honourable
Member of
Reports to Legislative Assembly
Seat Queen's Park, Toronto
Appointer Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 1977

The Deputy Premier of Ontario is the second in command and representative of the Premier of Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario when the current Premier is unable to attend functions executed by the Premier. The Deputy Premier is also the interim successor for the Premier if he is removed or resigns or dies during his term in office. The role was created in 1977. The current Deputy Premier of Ontario is Christine Elliott since June 29, 2018.

For much of the province's early history, the position of Provincial Secretary and Registrar of Ontario was the second most powerful position in the Ontario cabinet. This role diminished by the 1960s, overtaken by the Deputy Premier in 1977 and abolished in 1985.

To date, every person serving as Deputy Premier of Ontario has also concurrently held another senior position in the Ontario cabinet. Bette Stephenson, Robert Nixon, Floyd Laughren, Ernie Eves, Jim Flaherty, and Dwight Duncan were all concurrently Provincial Treasurer or, as that position was renamed in 1993, Minister of Finance.

Deputy Premiers of Ontario[edit]

Name Term of office Tenure Political party
(Ministry)
Note
1 Bob Welch September 21, 1977 February 8, 1985 7 years, 238 days PC
(Davis)
While Attorney General, Provincial Secretary for Justice, Minister of Culture and Recreation (1977-78), Minister of Energy (1979-83) & Minister Responsible for Women's Issues (1983-85)
February 8, 1985 May 17, 1985 PC
(Miller)
While Attorney General
2 Bette Stephenson May 17, 1985 June 26, 1985 40 days While Treasurer & Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet
Vacant June 26, 1985 September 29, 1987 Liberal
(Peterson)
3 Robert Nixon September 29, 1987 October 1, 1990 3 years, 2 days While Treasurer, Minister of Economics and Minister of Financial Institutions
4 Floyd Laughren October 1, 1990 June 26, 1995 4 years, 268 days NDP
(Rae)
While Minister of Economics and Treasurer (1990-93) & Minister of Finance (1993-95)
5 Ernie Eves June 26, 1995 February 8, 2001 5 years, 227 days PC
(Harris)
While Minister of Finance
6 Jim Flaherty February 8, 2001 April 14, 2002 1 year, 65 days While Minister of Finance
7 Elizabeth Witmer April 15, 2002 October 22, 2003 1 year, 190 days PC
(Eves)
While Minister of Education
Vacant October 23, 2003 September 20, 2006 Liberal
(McGuinty)
8 George Smitherman September 21, 2006 September 8, 2009 2 years, 352 days While Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (2006-08) & Minister of Energy and Infrastructure (2008–09)
Vacant September 9, 2009 October 19, 2011
9 Dwight Duncan October 20, 2011 December 21, 2012 1 year, 62 days While Minister of Finance & Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet
10 Deb Matthews February 11, 2013 January 17, 2018 4 years, 340 days Liberal
(Wynne)
While Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (2013-14), President of the Treasury Board (2014-16) & Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development (2016-18)
Vacant January 17, 2018 June 29, 2018
11 Christine Elliott June 29, 2018 present 115 days PC
(Ford)
While Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

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