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1948 Ontario general election

The 1948 Ontario general election was held on June 7, 1948, to elect the 90 members of the 23rd Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Members of Provincial Parliament, or "MPPs") of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

1948 Ontario general election

← 1945 June 7, 1948 1951 →

90 seats in the 23rd Legislative Assembly of Ontario
46 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  GeorgeDrew.jpg Ted jolliffe 1942.jpg
Leader George Drew Ted Jolliffe
Party Progressive Conservative Co-operative Commonwealth
Leader since December 9, 1938 April 3, 1942
Leader's seat High Park (lost re-election) York South
Last election 66 8
Seats won 53 21
Seat change Decrease13 Increase13
Percentage 41.5% 27.0%
Swing Decrease2.8pp Increase4.6pp

  Third party Fourth party
  Farquhar Oliver.JPG LP
Leader Farquhar Oliver A. A. MacLeod
Party Liberal Labor-Progressive
Leader since May 16, 1947 1945
Leader's seat Grey South Bellwoods
Last election 14 2
Seats won 14 2
Seat change ±0 ±0
Percentage 29.8% 1.0%
Swing ±0.0pp Decrease1.4pp

Premier before election

George Drew
Progressive Conservative

Premier after election

George Drew
Progressive Conservative

George Drew (right) in the offices of the Ontario Department of Transportation the day after his party's election victory

The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, led by George Drew, won a third consecutive term in office, winning a solid majority of seats in the legislature—53, down from 66 in the previous election.

Despite winning a majority, Drew lost his own seat to temperance crusader Bill Temple. Instead of seeking a seat in a by-election, Drew left provincial politics to run for, and win, the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative Party.

Drew was replaced as Ontario PC leader and premier by Thomas Kennedy on an interim basis, and then by Leslie Frost.

The Ontario Liberal Party, led by Farquhar Oliver, increased its caucus from 11 to 14, but lost the role of official opposition. Only one of the three Liberal-Labour MPPs sitting with the Liberal caucus, James Newman, was re-elected.

The social democratic Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (Ontario Section), led by Ted Jolliffe, formed the official opposition by increasing its caucus from 8 to 21 seats.

Two Toronto seats were won by Labor-Progressive Party MPPs J. B. Salsberg and A.A. MacLeod. The LPP was the official name of the Communist Party of Ontario. The LPP only ran two candidates, Salsberg and MacLeod, in 1948 down from 31 candidates in 1945.


  Party Leader 1945 Elected % change Popular vote
% change
  Progressive Conservative George Drew 66 53 -19.7% 41.5% -2.8%
  Co-operative Commonwealth Ted Jolliffe 8 21 +163% 27.0% +4.6%
  Liberal Farquhar Oliver 11 13 +18.2% 29.8% -
  Liberal-Labour 3 1 -66.7%
Labor–Progressive A.A. MacLeod 2 2 - 1.0% -1.4%
Total 90 90 - 100%  

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