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The Leader of the Opposition in Newfoundland and Labradormarker is a title traditionally held by the leader of the largest party not in government in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly.This list is incomplete
# Leader Party Took office Left office

John Gilbert Higgins Progressive Conservative 1949 1951

Peter Cashin Progressive Conservative 1951 1953

Malcolm Hollett Progressive Conservative 1953 1959

Jim Greene Progressive Conservative 1960 1965

Noel Murphy Progressive Conservative 1965 1966

Gerry Ottenheimer Progressive Conservative 1967 1969

Anthony Joseph Murphy Progressive Conservative 1969 1971

Frank Moores Progressive Conservative 1971 1972

Joey Smallwood Liberal 1972 1972

Edward Roberts Liberal 1972 1977

Bill Rowe Liberal 1977 1979

Don Jamieson Liberal 1979 1980

Len Stirling Liberal 1980 1982

Steve Neary Liberal 1982 1984

Leo Barry Liberal 1984 1987

Roger Simmons Liberal 1987 1987

Clyde Wells Liberal 1987 1989

Tom Rideout Progressive Conservative 1989 1991

Len Simms Progressive Conservative 1991 1995

Lynn Verge Progressive Conservative 1995 1996

Loyola Sullivan Progressive Conservative 1996 1998

Ed Byrne Progressive Conservative 1998 2001

Danny Williams Progressive Conservative 2001 2003

Roger Grimes Liberal 2003 2005

Gerry Reid Liberal 2005 2007

Yvonne Jones Liberal 2007 Present


  1. Ottenheimer served from 1967 to 1969 following Murphy's loss of his seat in the 1966 election.[1]
  2. Acting for Progressive Conservative Party leader Frank Moores who was elected party leader but did not gain a seat in the House of Assembly until 1971.
  3. Rowe defeated Roberts for the Liberal leadership in October 1977 and entered the House via a by-election in December. It is unclear who was Leader of the Opposition in the interim.
  4. Neary became Opposition Leader after Liberal leader Sterling lost his seat in the 1982 general election. He subsequently became interim party leader as well.
  5. Simmons was not party leader. He was Opposition Leader between the time that Leo Barry was deposed as Liberal leader and new leader Clyde Wells' acquisition of a seat via a by-election.

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