Wellington Willoughby

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William Bartley Willoughby
Leader of the Opposition
In office
Preceded by Frederick Haultain
Succeeded by Donald Maclean
Personal details
Political party Conservative Party of Saskatchewan

Wellington Bartley Willoughby, PC (August 10, 1859 – August 1, 1932) was a Canadian politician and lawyer.

He ran for a seat in the Dominion House of Commons for the Conservative Party in the 1895 election, but an unofficial Tory, William Stubbs backed by the Orange Order such as its Grand Master N.C. Wallace and McCarthyite leader Dalton McCarthy undermined his campaign, though he was also an Orangeman.

Willoughby served as leader of the Saskatchewan Conservative Party and leader of the opposition from 1912 to 1917 and was Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan (MLA) for the city of Moose Jaw.

He resigned from the Saskatchewan legislature shortly after his re-election in the 1917 election in order to accept an appointment to the Canadian Senate by Sir Robert Borden.

In 1929, the leader of the federal Conservative Party, Richard Bennett, appointed Willoughby to the position of Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. When Bennett became Prime Minister of Canada following the 1930 federal election, Willoughby became Government Leader in the Senate and a minister without portfolio in the Canadian Cabinet. Willoughby died in office in 1932.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
New position
Leader of the Conservative Party of Saskatchewan
Succeeded by
Donald Maclean
Government offices
Preceded by
William Benjamin Ross
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Canada
Succeeded by
Raoul Dandurand
Preceded by
Raoul Dandurand
Leader of the Government in the Senate of Canada
Succeeded by
Arthur Meighen