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Leader of the Opposition [4 records]

Record 1 2016-02-11

English

Subject field(s)
  • Position Titles
  • Parliamentary Language
DEF

The senator recognized as the head of the party, other than the Government party, with the most senators.

OBS

Selected by the largest non-government party, the Leader of the Opposition coordinates party members' activities in the Chamber and in committees. The Leader is often official spokesperson for the Opposition party as well. With the help of a Deputy Leader, the Leader negotiates with the Government on legislative business and the Senate sitting schedule.

Key term(s)
  • Senate Opposition Leader

French

Domaine(s)
  • Titres de postes
  • Vocabulaire parlementaire
DEF

Sénateur reconnu comme chef du parti, autre que le parti au pouvoir, qui compte le plus de sénateurs.

OBS

Choisi par son parti, le leader de l'opposition coordonne les activités des membres du parti, au Sénat et en comité. De plus, il assume souvent la fonction de porte-parole officiel de l'opposition. Avec l'aide d'un leader adjoint, il négocie les questions législatives et l'horaire de séance du Sénat avec le gouvernement.

Spanish

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Record 2 2014-09-10

English

Subject field(s)
  • Government Positions
  • Parliamentary Language
DEF

The leader of the political party that usually has the second-largest number of MPs in the House of Commons.

CONT

The Leader of the Opposition is the primary spokesperson for the Official Opposition, whose role is to assess government policies and programs, to hold the government to account or draw attention to government inaction, and to offer constructive criticism and alternatives.

OBS

According to the “Parliamentary Publications Text Style Guidelines,” the official titles of high-ranking officials should be capitalized when referring to present office-holders, but unofficial and general titles are usually lower cased. In general usage, the capitalization of the different forms of this title varies greatly from one source to another, and sometimes within the same source. However, the use of capital letters is more common.

OBS

Not to be confused with "House Leader of the Official Opposition."

Key term(s)
  • Opposition Leader in the House of Commons

French

Domaine(s)
  • Postes gouvernementaux
  • Vocabulaire parlementaire
DEF

Chef du parti politique ayant habituellement fait élire le plus grand nombre de députés à la Chambre des communes après le parti ministériel.

OBS

Le [chef] de l'opposition est le principal porte-parole de l'opposition officielle. Le rôle de l'opposition officielle consiste à évaluer les politiques et les programmes du gouvernement, à obliger ce dernier à rendre des comptes, à souligner son inaction et à formuler des critiques ou des solutions constructives.

OBS

Même si on trouve le mot «opposition» écrit avec la majuscule initiale dans de très nombreuses sources, le «Manuel de style des publications parlementaires» préconise l'emploi de la minuscule.

OBS

Ne pas confondre avec «leader de l'opposition officielle à la Chambre».

Spanish

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Record 3 2008-05-14

English

Subject field(s)
  • Government Positions
  • Provincial Administration
  • Political Science (General)

French

Domaine(s)
  • Postes gouvernementaux
  • Administration provinciale
  • Sciences politiques (Généralités)

Spanish

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Record 4 2003-05-27

English

Subject field(s)
  • Position Titles
OBS

Legislative Assembly.

French

Domaine(s)
  • Titres de postes

Spanish

Campo(s) temático(s)
  • Denominación de puestos
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