Leader of the Opposition (New Brunswick)

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The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of New Brunswick, Canada is a title traditionally held by the leader of the largest party not in government.

The Leader of the Opposition is often seen as the alternative Premier to the present incumbent, and heads a rival alternative government known as the Shadow Cabinet or Opposition Front Bench.

List of opposition leaders[edit]

A cohesive and consistent official opposition first formed when A. G. Blair formed the Liberal party in the early 1880s. Previously oppositions occasionally organized over major issues such as anti-prohibitionists led by John Hamilton Gray in the mid-1850s, and pro-Confederationists under Charles Fisher in 1865-1866.

Name Party Took Office Left Office
  Andrew G. Blair Liberal 1879 1883
  Daniel L. Hanington Conservative 1883 1892
  Alfred Augustus Stockton Conservative 1892 1899
  John Douglas Hazen Conservative 1899 1908
  Clifford W. Robinson Liberal 1908 1912
  Arthur Bliss Copp Liberal 1912 1912
  Louis-Auguste Dugal Liberal 1912 1917
  James Alexander Murray Conservative 1917 1920
  John B. M. Baxter Conservative 1920 1921
  Charles D. Richards Conservative 1921 1925
  Peter Veniot Liberal 1925 1926
  Allison Dysart Liberal 1926 1935
  Frederick C. Squires Conservative 1935 1939
  Hugh H. Mackay Progressive Conservative 1940 1948
  Hugh John Flemming Progressive Conservative 1949 1952
  Austin Claude Taylor Liberal 1952 1957
  Joseph E. Connolly Liberal 1957 1958
  Louis Robichaud Liberal 1958 1960
  Hugh John Flemming Progressive Conservative 1960 1960
  Cyril Sherwood Progressive Conservative 1960 1966
  Charles Van Horne Progressive Conservative 1967 1967
  Richard Hatfield Progressive Conservative 1967 1970
  Louis Robichaud Liberal 1970 1971
  Robert Higgins Liberal 1971 1978
  Joseph Daigle Liberal 1978 1981
  Doug Young Liberal 1982 1983
  Ray Frenette Liberal 1983 1985
  Shirley Dysart Liberal 1985 1985
  Frank McKenna Liberal 1985 1987
  Camille Thériault[1] Liberal 1987 1991
  Danny Cameron Confederation of Regions 1991 1995
  Ab Rector Confederation of Regions 1995 1995
  Greg Hargrove Confederation of Regions 1995 1995
  Bernard Valcourt Progressive Conservative 1995 1997
  Elvy Robichaud Progressive Conservative 1997 1998
  Bernard Lord Progressive Conservative 1998 1999
  Camille Theriault Liberal 1999 2001
  Bernard Richard Liberal 2001 2002
  Shawn Graham Liberal 2002 2006
  Bernard Lord Progressive Conservative 2006 2007
  Jeannot Volpé Progressive Conservative 2007 2008
  David Alward Progressive Conservative 2008 2010
  Victor Boudreau Liberal 2010 2013
  Brian Gallant Liberal 2013 2014
  Bruce Fitch Progressive Conservative 2014 2016
  Blaine Higgs Progressive Conservative 2016 present

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Liberals won all seats in the Legislative Assembly in the 1987 Election. Camille Thériault was appointed by Premier Frank McKenna as Opposition Leader to ensure proper Parliamentary functions. During that time, no opposition leader, in the sense of the office being held by the leader of the largest non-governing political party, existed.

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