The Leader of the Opposition in Ontario
is usually leader of the largest party in the Ontario legislature
which is not the government. The current official opposition
is formed by the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
, and Tim Hudak
is the current Leader of the Opposition.
Ontario's first Leader of the Opposition was Edward Blake
of the Ontario Liberal Party
who held the position from 1869 until 1871 when he became Premier of Ontario
had previously led the Liberal Party in the legislature for two years, but was not formally recognized as opposition leader).
- Archibald McKellar (Liberal) 1867-1869 was not formally recognized as opposition leader, but led the Liberal Party in the legislature.
<sup>1</sup>The Liberals were recognized as the Official Opposition following the 1923 election
by the governing Conservatives, despite the fact that the United Farmers of Ontario
had more seats. According to historian Peter Oliver, this was an arbitrary decision without basis in precedent or law. Conservative Premier G. Howard Ferguson
used as justification an announcement by UFO general secretary James J. Morrison
that the UFO would be withdrawing from party politics, though Oliver argues that this was facetious logic. UFO parliamentary leader Manning Doherty
protested the decision, but to no avail. (source: Peter Oliver, G. Howard Ferguson: Ontario Tory
, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1977), p. 158.
<sup>2</sup>From 1930, the... Read More