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Former Premiers of Newfoundland and Labrador


A premier is the chief minister of a provincial government. Because of the shared framework of cabinet government, the office of provincial premier is similar to that held by Canada's prime minister. The policy direction and management of the provincial governments is visibly dominated by their premiers. A premier is in every sense the "first" minister.

The first list of leaders below is those of the Prime Ministers of the Dominion of Newfoundland. From 1934 until Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949, there was no elected government. As a colony of the United Kingdom, the government was controlled by the House of Commons in London. When Newfoundland became a province of Canada in 1949, the position of premier was instituted.

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Dates of OfficePrime MinisterParty(Born - Died)
7 May 1855 - 1858Philip Francis LittleLib(b. 1824 - d. 1897)
1858 - 1861John KentLib(b. 1805 - d. 1872)
1861 - 1865Sir Hugh W. HoylesCon(b. 1815 - d. 1888)
1865 - 1869Sir Frederick CarterLib(b. 1819 - d. 1900)
1869 - 1874Charles Fox BennettCon(b. 1793 - d. 1883)
1874 - 1878Sir Frederick CarterLib(b. 1819 - d. 1900)
1878 - 1885Sir William WhitewayLib(b. 1828 - d. 1908)
1885 - 1889Sir Robert ThorburnCon(b. 1836 - d. 1906)
1889 - Apr 1894Sir William WhitewayLib(b. 1828 - d. 1908)
Apr 1894 - 13 Dec 1894Augustus F. GoodridgeCon(b. 1839 - d. 1920)
13 Dec 1894 - Feb 1895Daniel J. GreeneLib(b. 1850 - d. 1911)
Feb 1895 - Oct 1897Sir William WhitewayLib(b. 1828 - d. 1908)
Oct 1897 - 6 Mar 1900Sir James Spearman WinterCon(b. 1845 - d. 1911)
6 Mar 1900 - 2 Mar 1909Sir Robert BondLib(b. 1857 - d. 1927)
2 Mar 1909 - 31 Dec 1917Sir Edward Patrick MorrisPP(b. 1858 - d. 1935)
5 Jan 1918 - 22 May 1919William Frederick LloydLib(b. 1864 - d. 1937)
22 May 1919 - 17 Nov 1919Sir Michael Patrick CashinCon(b. 1864 - d. 1926)
17 Nov 1919 - 24 Jul 1923Sir Richard SquiresLib(b. 1880 - d. 1940)
24 Jul 1923 - 10 May 1924William Warren
(b. 1879 - d. 1927)
10 May 1924 - 9 Jun 1924Albert HickmanLib(b. 1875 - d. 1943)
9 Jun 1924 - Aug 1928Walter Stanley MonroeCon(b. 1871 - d. 1952)
Aug 1928 - 17 Nov 1928Frederick C. AlderdiceCon(b. 1872 - d. 1936)
17 Nov 1928 - Jun 1932Sir Richard SquiresLib(b. 1880 - d. 1940)
Jun 1932 - 30 Jan 1934Frederick C. AlderdiceCon(b. 1872 - d. 1936)




From 1934 until Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949, there was no elected government. As a colony of the United Kingdom, the government was controlled by the House of Commons in London.




Dates of OfficePremierParty(Born - Died)
1 Apr 1949 - 18 Jan 1972The Honourable Joseph R. SmallwoodLib(b. 1900 - d. 1991)
18 Jan 1972 - 26 Mar 1979Frank Duff MooresPC(b. 1933 - d. 2005)
26 Mar 1979 - 22 Mar 1989The Honourable Alfred Brian PeckfordPC(b. 1942)
22 Mar 1989 - 5 May 1989Thomas RideoutPC(b. 1948)
5 May 1989 - 26 Jan 1996Clyde WellsLib(b. 1937)
26 Jan 1996 - 16 Oct 2000The Honourable Brian TobinLib(b. 1954)
16 Oct 2000 - 13 Feb 2001Beaton TulkLib(b. 1944)
13 Feb 2001 - 6 Nov 2003Roger GrimesLib(b. 1950)
6 Nov 2003 - 3 Dec 2010Danny WilliamsPC(b. 1949)
3 Dec 2010 - 24 Jan 2014Kathy DunderdalePC(b. 1952)
24 Jan 2014 - 26 Sep 2014Tom MarshallPC(b. 1946)
26 Sep 2014 - 2015Paul DavisPC(b. 1961)
2015 - Dwight BallLib(b. 1956)

Party Abbreviations

  • Lib = Liberal
  • PC = Progressive Conservative

See also
Premiers of Canada
Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

External Links
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Official Website


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