Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Canada)

Leader Of The Opposition In The Senate (Canada)

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In Canada, the Leader of the Official Opposition in the Senate () is the leader of the senate caucus of the largest party in the Senate that is not in government. The position is appointed by the leader of the party that forms the opposition in the Senate. The counterpart in the lower house is the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons, which is not to be confused with the Leader of the Opposition, who usually also sits in the House of Commons.

Since it is the Canadian House of Commons that determines which party is in government, the size of party caucuses in the Senate bears no relation with which party forms the government side in the Senate and which party forms the opposition side. Thus the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate may actually lead more Senators than the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Because Senators have a longer tenure than MPs, this is often the case immediately after a government changes until the new prime minister can appoint more people from their party.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate is not necessarily from the same party as the opposition in the House of Commons. From 1993 until 2003 the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate was a Progressive Conservative despite the fact that the Progressive Conservatives were not the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, because the parties that were the Official Opposition (Bloc Québécois, Reform, Canadian Alliance) did not have Senate representation. This scenario...
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