(Click for photo of Mr. Robert Doyle) A Member elected by the Opposition to lead them and to shadow the Premier.
an essential figure in parliamentary government
The leader of the political party holding the second largest number of seats in the Assembly.
The Leader of the Party who has the biggest majority after the Government Party and is made up of Members who do not support the Government.
the leader of the party which is next largest after the government party in the House of Representatives, and which is made up of Members who do not support the government.
An informal term, derived from Westminster parliamentary practice, which is sometimes applied to the leader of the largest non-Executive party in the Scottish Parliament. By convention, the leader of the opposition (along with the leaders of other large non-Executive parties) may be given some degree of priority in proceedings such as First Minister's Question Time.
The Leader of the Opposition is a title traditionally held by the leader of the largest party not in government in a Westminster System of parliamentary government. The Leader of the Opposition is invariably seen as the alternative Prime Minister to the present incumbent, and heads a rival alternative government known as the Shadow Cabinet or Opposition Front Bench.
The Leader of the Opposition (French: Chef de l'Opposition) in Canada is the Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons who leads Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition (the body in Parliament recognized as the Official Opposition).
The Leader of the Opposition (Ir Ceannaire an FhreasÃºra) in the Republic of Ireland is the politician who, at least in theory, leads the Parliamentary Opposition bloc in the lower house of the Irish Parliament, DÃ¡il Ã‰ireann. The current incumbent is Enda Kenny TD of the Fine Gael Party.
The post of Leader of the Opposition is a political office common in countries that are part of the Commonwealth of Nations. It did not originate in Fiji but has a long tradition; in British constitutional theory, the Leader of the Opposition must pose a formal alternative to the government, ready to form a government himself should the Prime Minister lose the confidence of the House of Representatives. In addition, the Leader of the Opposition chooses 8 of the 32 members of the Senate, Fiji's upper house of Parliament, and has the right to be consulted about the appointment of the Chief Justice.
The Leader of the Opposition in the United Kingdom is the politician who leads Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition. This is the leader of the largest party not within the government, usually the leader of the second largest party in the House of Commons. He or she is normally viewed as an alternative Prime Minister, and is a member of the Privy Council.
The Leader of the Opposition in New Zealand is the politician who, at least in theory, commands the support of the non-government bloc of members in the New Zealand Parliament.
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 however, and John Tory is the current Leader of the Opposition.
A list of parliamentary opposition leaders in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, from 1906 to the present.
The Leader of the Opposition of the Northern Territory is an official role usually occupied by the leader of the second largest party in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. In the event that that party or coalition wins an election, the Leader of the Opposition will most likely become the Chief Minister.
The Leader of the Opposition (French: Chef de l'Opposition) in British Columbia is the MLA in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia who leads the political party recognized as the Official Opposition. This status generally goes to the leader of the second largest party in the Legislative Assembly.
The Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia is the leader of the largest political party in parliament but not in government. He or she is always a member of the Legislative Assembly. As of 24 March 2006 the Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia is Paul Omodei who replaced Matt Birney who had been leader since September 2005.
The Leader of the Opposition (PEI) is the loyal opposition leader in the Legislature of Prince Edward Island.
The role of Leader of the Opposition in Tasmania is a title held by the leader of the largest minority party in the state lower house, the Tasmanian House of Assembly. He or she acts as the public face of the opposition, leading the government on the floor of parliament. They thus act as a chief critic of the government and ultimately attempt to portray the opposition as a feasible alternate government.
The Leader of the Opposition (French: Chef de l'Opposition) in Nova Scotia is the MLA in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly who leads the political party recognized as the Official Opposition. This status generally goes to the leader of the second largest party in the Legislative Assembly. Darrell Dexter, leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party is the current Leader of the Opposition.