Deputy Premier of Ontario

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The Deputy Premier of Ontario is the 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 role was created in 1977.

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.

Deputy Premiers of Ontario[edit]

Order Deputy Premier Political Party Premier Term Started Term Ended
1 Bob Welch Progressive Conservative Bill Davis/Frank Miller September 21, 1977 May 17, 1985
2 Bette Stephenson Progressive Conservative Frank Miller May 17, 1985 June 26, 1985
. none Liberal David Peterson June 26, 1985 September 29, 1987
3 Robert Nixon Liberal David Peterson September 29, 1987 October 1, 1990
4 Floyd Laughren NDP Bob Rae October 1, 1990 June 26, 1995
5 Ernie Eves Progressive Conservative Mike Harris June 26, 1995 February 8, 2001
6 Jim Flaherty Progressive Conservative Mike Harris February 8, 2001 April 14, 2002
7 Elizabeth Witmer Progressive Conservative Ernie Eves April 15, 2002 October 22, 2003
. none Liberal Dalton McGuinty October 23, 2003 September 20, 2006
8 George Smitherman Liberal Dalton McGuinty September 21, 2006 September 8, 2009
. none Liberal Dalton McGuinty September 9, 2009 October 19, 2011
9 Dwight Duncan Liberal Dalton McGuinty October 20, 2011 December 21, 2012
10 Deb Matthews Liberal Kathleen Wynne February 11, 2013

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