Thomas Gerald Rideout (born 1943) is a former politician and Premier of Newfoundland. Rideout was first elected to the provincial House of Assembly in 1975 as a Liberal but crossed the floor in 1980 to join the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Brian Peckford in its fight with Ottawa for control of offshore mineral resources. Rideout became minister of culture, recreation and youth in 1984 and became minister of fisheries in 1985. With Peckford's retirement from politics in 1989, Rideout was chosen Tory party leader and thus became premier of Newfoundland only to be defeated in the general election one month later by Liberal Clyde Wells. Rideout remained Leader of the Opposition until 1991 when he left politics for a federal appointment.
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