Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly

The Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly is the unicameral deliberative assembly of the General Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.[1] It meets in the Confederation Building at St. John's. Bills passed by the assembly are given royal assent by the Queen of Canada in Right of Newfoundland and Labrador, represented by the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.[2]

Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
50th General Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador
Type
Type
History
Founded1832 (1832)
Leadership
Derek Bennett, Liberal
since April 12, 2021
Andrew Furey, Liberal
since August 19, 2020
David Brazil, Progressive Conservative
since April 12, 2021
Government House Leader
Steve Crocker, Liberal
since August 19, 2020
Opposition House Leader
Barry Petten, Progressive Conservative
since April 12, 2021
Structure
Seats40
Political groups
Governing party
  •   Liberal (22)

Official opposition

Others

Elections
Last election
March 25, 2021
Next election
2025
Meeting place
Colonial Building (1850-1959)
Confederation Building (1959–present)
Website
www.assembly.nl.ca

The governing party sits on the left side of the speaker of the House of Assembly as opposed to the traditional right side of the speaker. This tradition dates back to the 1850s as the heaters in the Colonial Building were located on the left side. Thus, the government chose to sit near the heat, and leave the opposition sitting in the cold.