History of PC Party Leadership


Ches Crosbie announced on Wednesday that he is stepping down as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. David Brazil was named as the interim leader.


The party was formed prior to Confederation with Canada as the Responsible Government League. After Confederation, they aligned themselves with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.


Since then there have been 21 leaders of the party. There have been seven PC Premiers. Frank Moores, Brian Peckford, Tom Rideout, Danny Williams, Kathy Dunderdale, Tom Marshall, and Paul Davis.


List of Leaders

  • Harry Mews 1949–1950

  • John Higgins 1950–1951

  • Peter Cashin 1951–1953

  • Malcolm Hollett 1953–1959

  • James Greene 1959–1966

  • Noel Murphy 1966

  • Gerry Ottenheimer 1966–1969

  • William Marshall (interim) 1969–1970

  • Frank Moores 1970–1979

  • Brian Peckford 1979–1989

  • Tom Rideout 1989–1991

  • Len Simms 1991–1995

  • Lynn Verge 1995–1996

  • Loyola Sullivan 1996–1998

  • Ed Byrne 1998–2001

  • Danny Williams 2001–2010

  • Kathy Dunderdale 2010–2014

  • Tom Marshall (interim) 2014

  • Paul Davis 2014–2018

  • Ches Crosbie 2018–2021

  • David Brazil 2021



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