As of September of 2014, the leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in Canada is Thomas J. Mulcair. Referred to simply as "Leader of the Opposition," this position is the Canadian political party that holds the second-largest seats in the House of Commons.
Having first been created by statute in 1905, the position of Leader of the Opposition is a member of the House of Commons that receives the same salary as Cabinet ministers. It should not, however, be confused with the "Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons," a formal title that is held by the Opposition House Leader. Thomas J. Mulcair, born in 1954, was a lawyer and university professor prior to his political appointment.