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September 9, 2016 Parliament of Canada, Political Leaders, Political Party Leaders

List of Political Party Leaders in Canada




List of current and former political party leaders in Canada.

Bloc Québécois

Term Party Leader
1990-1996 Lucien Bouchard
1996 Gilles Duceppe (interim)
1996-1997 Michel Gauthier
1997-2011 Gilles Duceppe
2011 Vivian Barbot (interim)
2011-2013 Daniel Paillé
2013-2014 André Bellavance (interim parliamentary leader)
2014 Jean-François Fortin (interim parliamentary leader)
2013-2014 (vacant)
2014-2015 Mario Beaulieu
2015 Gilles Duceppe
2015- Rhéal Fortin (interim)

Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance

(merged with Progressive Conservative Party to form Conservative Party in 2003)

Term Party Leader
2000 Deborah C. Grey (interim)
2000-2001 Stockwell Burt Day
2001-2002 John Reynolds (interim)
2002-2003 Stephen Harper

Cooperative Commonwealth Federation

Term Party Leader
1932-1933 James Shaver Woodsworth (interim)
1933-1942 James Shaver Woodsworth
1942-1960 Major James William Coldwell
1960-1961 Hazen Robert Argue

Conservative Party (historic)

Term Party Leader
1867-1891 Sir John A. Macdonald
1891-1892 Sir John Abbott
1892-1894 Sir John Sparrow David Thompson
1894-1896 Sir Mackenzie Bowell
1896-1901 Sir Charles Tupper
1901-1920 Sir Robert Laird Borden
1920-1926 Arthur Meighen
1926-1927 Hugh Guthrie (interim)
1927-1938 Richard Bedford Bennett
1938-1940 Robert James Manion
1940-1941 Richard Burpee Hanson (interim)
1941-1942 Arthur Meighen

Conservative Party

Term Party Leader
2003-2004 John Lynch-Staunton (interim)
2004 Grant Hill (interim)
2004-2015 Stephen Harper
2015- Rona Ambrose (interim)

Green Party

Term Party Leader
1983-1984 Trevor Hancock
1984-1988 Seymour Trieger
1988-1990 Kathryn Cholette
1990-1996 Chris Lea
1996-1997 Wendy Priesnitz
1997 Harry Garfinkle (interim)
1997-2001 Joan Russow
2001-2003 Chris Bradshaw (interim)
2003-2006 Jim Harris
2006- Elizabeth May

Liberal Party

Term Party Leader
1861-1867 George Brown
1869-1870 Edward Blake (interim)
1867-1880 Alexander Mackenzie
1880-1887 Edward Blake
1887-1919 Sir Wilfrid Laurier
1919 Daniel Duncan McKenzie (interim)
1919-1948 William Lyon Mackenzie King
1948-1958 Louis Stephen St. Laurent
1958-1968 Lester Bowles Pearson
1968-1984 Pierre Elliott Trudeau
1984-1990 John Napier Turner
1990 Herb Gray (interim)
1990-2003 Jean Joseph Jacques Chrétien
2003-2006 Paul Edgar Philippe Martin
2006 Bill Graham (interim)
2006-2008 Stephane Dion
2008-2009 Michael Ignatieff (interim)
2009-2011 Michael Ignatieff
2011-2013 Bob Rae (interim)
2013- Justin Trudeau

Liberal Conservative Party

Term Party Leader
1867-1891 Sir John Alexander Macdonald
1891-1892 Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott
1892-1894 Sir John Sparrow David Thompson

New Democratic Party

Term Party Leader
1961-1971 Thomas Clement ‘Tommy’ Douglas
1971-1975 David Lewis
1975-1989 John Edward ‘Ed’ Broadbent
1989-1995 Audrey McLaughlin
1995-2003 Alexa McDonough
2003-2011 Jack Layton
2011-2012 Nycole Turmel (interim)
2012- Thomas Mulcair

Progressive Conservative Party

(merged with Canadian Alliance to form Conservative Party in 2003)

Term Party Leader
1942-1948 John Bracken
1948-1956 George Alexander Drew
1956-1967 John George Diefenbaker
1967-1976 Robert Lorne Stanfield
1976-1983 Charles Joseph ‘Joe’ Clark
1983 Charles Joseph ‘Joe’ Clark (interim)
1983 Erik Nielsen (interim)
1983-1993 Martin Brian Mulroney
1993 Avril Phaedra ‘Kim’ Campbell
1993-1998 Jean J. Charest
1998 Elsie Eleanore Wayne (interim)
1998-2003 Charles Joseph ‘Joe’ Clark
2003 Peter Gordon MacKay

Reform Party

(renamed Canadian Alliance in 2000)

Term Party Leader
1987-2000 Preston Manning

Social Credit

Term Party Leader
1935-1944 John Horne Blackmore
1944-1961 Solon Earl Low
1961-1967 Robert Thompson
1967-1968 Alexander Bell Patterson (interim)
1971-1976 Réal Caouette
1976-1977 André-Gilles Fortin
1977-1978 Gilles Caouette (interim)
1978-1979 Charles-Arthur Gauthier (interim)
1979-1980 Fabien Roy
1981-1983 Martin Hattersley
1983-1990 Ken Sweigard
1990-1993 Ken Campbell




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