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Leader of the Official Opposition (Canada)

The Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition (French: Chef de la loyale opposition de Sa Majesté) is the leader of Canada's Official Opposition, the party possessing the most seats in the House of Commons but is not the governing party or part of the governing coalition. The current Leader of the Opposition is Andrew Scheer, M.P., who was elected Leader of the Conservative Party on May 27, 2017.

Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition
Chef de l'Opposition Loyale de Sa Majesté
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Incumbent
Andrew Scheer

since 27 May 2017
ResidenceStornoway
Term lengthWhile leader of the largest party not in government
Inaugural holderAlexander Mackenzie
FormationMarch 1873
Succession14th in order of precedence
Salary$255,300 (2017)[1]

Though the Leader of the Opposition must be a member of the House of Commons,[2] the office should not be confused with the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons, which is the formal title of the opposition house leader. There is also a Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, who is usually of the same party as the Leader of the Opposition in the house.

The Leader of the Opposition is entitled to the same levels of pay and protection as a Cabinet minister. He or she is entitled to reside at the official residence of Stornoway and ranks fourteenth on the Order of Precedence, after Cabinet ministers and before lieutenant governors of the provinces. In the House of Commons seating plan, the Leader of the Opposition sits directly across from the Prime Minister.

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  1. ^ "Indemnities, Salaries and Allowances". Parliament of Canada.
  2. ^ Role of Opposition Parties in Canada, Compendium of Procedure, House of Commons of Canada.