In Opposition

In Opposition
Written by Dawn Ritchie
Starring Kathleen Laskey
Damir Andrei
Jennifer Dale
Lawrence Dane
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CBC Television
Original release 24 October (1989-10-24) –
1 December 1989 (1989-12-01)

In Opposition was a Canadian television sitcom, which aired on CBC Television in 1989.[1] The show lasted only a single season.[2]

It starred Kathleen Laskey as Karen Collier,[1] a rookie Member of Parliament who represented the fictional riding of Moncton—Macquedewawa for the also-fictional Dominion Party of Canada. The show also starred Judy Marshak as her secretary Grace Kiley, Lawrence Dane as her party leader Joe Reynolds, Damir Andrei as her caucus colleague McGillivray, Peter Keleghan as backroom organizer Tom Sheridan, and Jennifer Dale as her neighbour and friend Mary Margaret McCarthy.

The show's pilot had to be refilmed, after the role of Tom Sheridan, originally played by David McIlwraith, was recast.[3]

The show was the CBC's second unsuccessful attempt to create a politically themed sitcom, following 1987's Not My Department.[1] Six episodes were produced and aired.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Some Hon. Members: Yawn; In opposition a political sitcom without politics -- or laughs". Ottawa Citizen, October 24, 1989.
  2. ^ "In Opposition loses its seat on CBC". Toronto Star, January 23, 1990.
  3. ^ "CBC reworking political sitcom In Opposition". Toronto Star, August 18, 1989.

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