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The 1975 Ontario general election was held on September 18, 1975, to elect the 125 members of the 30th Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Members of Provincial Parliament, or "MPPs") of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

1975 Ontario general election

← 1971 September 18, 1975 1977 →

125 seats in the 30th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
63 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Bill Davis Toronto 1984 Stephen Lewis - photo by Gordon Griffiths - 17 April 2009 crop.JPG Robert Nixon-c1971
Leader Bill Davis Stephen Lewis Robert Nixon
Party Progressive Conservative New Democratic Liberal
Leader since February 12, 1971 October 4, 1970 January 6, 1967
Leader's seat Brampton Scarborough West Brant—Oxford—Norfolk
Last election 78 19 20
Seats won 51 38 35
Seat change Decrease27 Increase19 Increase15
Percentage 36.1% 28.9% 34.3%
Swing Decrease8.4pp Increase1.8pp Increase6.5pp

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Premier before election

Bill Davis
Progressive Conservative

Premier-designate

Bill Davis
Progressive Conservative

The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, led by Bill Davis and campaigning under the slogan, "Your Future. Your choice.", won a tenth consecutive term in office. It lost its majority in the legislature, however, for the first time since the 1945 election. The PC Party lost 27 seats from its result in the previous election.

The social democratic Ontario New Democratic Party, led by Stephen Lewis with the slogan "Tomorrow starts today", doubled its representation in the legislature, and became the Official Opposition on the strength of a campaign which called for rent control in Ontario and highlighted horror stories of individuals and bad landlords who imposed exorbitant rent increases. The campaign forced the Davis' Tories to promise to implement rent controls shortly before the election.

The Ontario Liberal Party, led by Robert Nixon, won 15 additional seats, but lost the role of Official Opposition to the NDP. One member of its caucus was elected as a Liberal-Labour candidate.

ResultsEdit

  Party Leader 1971 Elected % change Popular vote
% change
  Progressive Conservative Bill Davis 78 51 -34.6% 36.1% -8.4%
  New Democratic Stephen Lewis 19 38 +100% 28.9% +1.8%
  Liberal Robert Nixon 20 35 +75.0% 34.3% +6.5%
  Liberal-Labour - 1 - - -
Communist William Stewart - - - - -
Total Seats 117 125 +6.8% 100%  

There were also 12 Social Credit League of Ontario candidates but they were not officially recognized as such as the party did not run enough candidates or otherwise qualify for official party status under the newly passed Election Finances Reform Act, 1975.[1][2][3]

Partial Riding resultsEdit

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   NDP Other
Algoma Bernt Gilbertson
4,588 (35.63%)
Ralph Nelson
3,325 (25.83%)
Bud Wildman
4,962 (38.54%)
Bernt Gilbertson
Algoma—Manitoulin John Lane
5,452 (40.71%)
Leo A Foucault
3,589 (26.80%)
Winston Baker
4,352 (32.49%)
John Lane
Armourdale Mel Lastman
12,100 (35.93%)
Philip Givens
14,739 (43.77%)
M Mocciola
6,255 (18.57%)
David Liddiard (Ind)
583 (1.73%)
Gordon Carton
Beaches—Woodbine Tom Wardle
7,850 (34.15%)
Ken Kory
4,461 (19.40%)
Marion Bryden
10,500 (45.67%)
C Negre (Comm)
178 (0.77%)
Tom Wardle
Bellwoods Elio Madonia
3,249 (25.19%)
Millie Caccia
4,482 (34.75%)
Ross McClellan
4,921 (38.15%)
RJ Orlandini (Comm)
247 (1.91%)
John Yaremko
Brampton Bill Davis
16,555 (43.76%)
Bill Agnew
9,906 (26.19%)
John Deamer
10,793 (28.53%)
AR Bullock (SC)
258 (0.68%)
Robert Simms (Ind)
165 (0.44%)
J MacLennan (Comm)
152 (0.40%)
Bill Davis
Brantford Richard B. Beckett
9,001 (29.17%)
David Carll
9,689 (31.40%)
Mac Makarchuk
12,048 (39.05%)
WP Small (Comm)
115 (0.37%)
Dick Beckett
Brant—Oxford—Haldimand Don Harder
6,572 (25.18%)
Robert Nixon
14,379 (55.09%)
Jim Schneider
4,791 (18.36%)
A Kerr
357 (1.37%)
Robert Nixon
Brock Bob Welch
12,790 (52.28%)
Margo Fyfe
5,704 (23.32%)
Fred Lindal
5,969 (24.40%)
Bob Welch
Burlington South George Kerr
16,761 (45.49%)
Don Pennell
11,278 (30.61%)
Bill Brown
8,808 (23.90%)
John Lawson (Lbt)
615 (1.66%)
George Kerr
Cambridge Ruggles Constant
8,666 (29.04%)
Claudette Millar
9,772 (32.75%)
Monty Davidson
11,399 (38.20%)
New District
Carleton Sid Handleman
12,867 (39.29%)
Ben Franklin
12,023 (36.72%)
Bill Brown
8,808 (23.90%)
Sid Handleman
Carleton East Darwin Kealey
9,506 (28.58%)
Paul Taylor
11,776 (35.40%)
Evelyn Gigantes
11,981 (36.02%)
Paul Taylor
Carleton-Grenville Donald Irvine
12,275 (53.32%)
Howard Perkins
5,006 (21.74%)
Reg Willis
5,741 (24.94%)
Donald Irvine
Chatham—Kent Darcy McKeough
10,146 (43.69%)
Jim Cooke
7,347 (31.64%)
Ron Franko
5,728 (24.67%)
Darcy McKeough
Cochrane North René Brunelle
9,650 (61.17%)
Bernie Labonte
2,398 (15.20%)
René Brixhe
3,728 (23.63%)
René Brunelle
Cochrane South Alan Pope
9,787 (42.31%)
Wayne Keon
2,243 (9.70%)
Bill Ferrier
10,784 (46.62%)
Robert Cochrane (SC)
198 (0.86%)
Peter Bruce (Ind)
119 (0.51%)
Bill Ferrier
Cornwall Rudy Villeneuve
9,246 (39.62%)
Madeleine Germain
2,162 (9.27%)
George Samis
11,927 (51.11%)
George Samis
Don Mills Dennis Timbrell
13,873 (46.35%)
Donald Wright
7,845 (26.21%)
Bob Sherwood
8,216 (27.45%)
Dennis Timbrell
Dovercourt George Nixon
4,385 (31.92%)
Agosto Venier
3,013 (21.93%)
Tony Lupusella
5,748 (41.84%)
William Stewart (Comm)
500 (3.64%)
Hugh Yearweood (Ind)
91 (0.66%)
George Nixon
Downsview Barbara Greene
5,832 (26.65%)
Michael Spensieri
7,962 (36.38%)
Odoardo Di Santo
8,090 (36.97%)
Vern Singer
Dufferin—Simcoe George McCague
13,130 (45.94%)
Bob Beattie
11,539 (40.37%)
Ian Perkins
3,317 (11.61%)
R Cornelsen (SC)
596 (2.09%)
George McCague
Durham East Charles McIlveen
10,782 (41.66%)
Kirk Entwisle
6,697 (21.91%)
Doug Moffatt
12,824 (41.96%)
Ray Beacock (SC)
258 (0.84%)
Charles McIlveen
Durham North Bill Newman
11,226 (39.41%)
Clare W Morrison
11,071 (38.86%)
Lesley Griffin
6,189 (21.73%)
Bill Newman
Durham West Bill Pilkington
7,675 (26.05%)
Des Newman
10,104 (34.29%)
Charles Godfrey
11,539 (39.16%)
Ray Beacock (SC)
258 (0.84%)
New District
Eglinton Roy McMurtry
17,264 (52.30%)
Frank Judge
10,492 (31.79%)
Eileen Elmy
4,713 (14.28%)
Ann Harris (SC)
288 (0.87%)
Donald Redekop (Ind)
252 (0.76%)
Leonard Reilly
Elgin Ron McNeil
11,940 (44.02%)
Marietta Roberts
10,078 (37.16%)
Bob McNaughton
5,104 (18.82%)
Ron McNeil
Erie John Buscarino
4,646 (22.40%)
Ray Haggerty
9,185 (44.29%)
Maurice Keck
6,906 (33.30%)
Ray Haggerty
Essex North Fred Cada
4,451 (20.53%)
Dick Ruston
9,550 (44.05%)
Lucien Lacasse
7,678 (35.42%)
Dick Ruston
Essex South Frank Klees
7,378 (32.11%)
Remo Mancini
9,543 (41.53%)
Ralph Wensley
6,058 (26.36%)
Remo Mancini
Etobicoke Bill Stockwell
7,134 (29.87%)
Leonard Braithwaite
7,758 (32.48%)
Ed Philip
8,995 (37.66%)
Leonard Braithwaite
Fort William Jim Jessiman
8,216 (32.77%)
Dale Willoughby
7,449 (29.72%)
Iain Angus
9,173 (36.59%)
Clifford Wahl (Comm)
230 (0.92%)
Jim Jessiman
Frontenac—Addington Wilmer John Nuttall
8,889 (38.34%)
J. Earl McEwen
10,380 (44.77%)
Bill Barnes
3,379 (14.57%)
Ross Baker (Ind)
539 (2.32%)
W J Nuttall
Grey Eric Winkler
11,349 (43.95%)
Bob McKessock
11,637 (45.07%)
Colin L Swan
2,835 (10.98%)
Eric A Winkler
Grey-Bruce Gary Harron
8,288 (34.73%)
Eddie Sargent
14,339 (60.09%)
Lorne Creighton
1,235 (5.18%)
Eddie Sargent
Haldimand-Norfolk James N Allan
12,260 (39.06%)
Gordon Miller
14,161 (45.12%)
Norm Walpole
4,967 (15.82%)
James N Allan
Halton—Burlington Gary Dawkins
10,543 (37.30%)
Julian Reed
11,076 (39.19%)
Bill Johnson
6,644 (23.51%)
New Riding
Hamilton Centre Maurice C Carter
5,871 (25.51%)
Bob Monte
8,138 (35.36%)
Mike Davison
8,778 (38.14%)
Art Walling (Comm)
226 (0.98%)
Norm Davison
Hamilton East Bob Hodgson
6,197 (21.21%)
Joe Rogers
8,425 (28.84%)
Robert W. Mackenzie
13,971 (47.83%)
Bob Jaggard (Comm)
411 (1.41%)
Alcide Hamelin (SC)
207 (0.71%)
Reg Gisborn
Hamilton Mountain John Smith
12,668 (38.63%)
Ray C Edwards
8,869 (27.04%)
Brian Charlton
11,075 (33.77%)
Mike Mirza (Comm)
185 (0.56%)
John Smith
Hamilton West Bob Morrow
10,233 (36.27%)
Stuart Smith
10,737 (38.06%)
Ray Fazakas
7,243 (25.67%)
Jack McNie
Hastings-Peterborough Clarke Rollins
10,679 (47.19%)
Dave Hobson
8,664 (38.28%)
Bob Thompson
2,961 (13.08%)
Nancy Arnold
328 (1.45%)
Clarke Rollins
High Park—Swansea Yuri Shymko
8,442 (33.04%)
Ed Negridge
6,440 (25.21%)
Ed Ziemba
10,215 (39.98%)
Steve Amsel (Comm)
234 (0.91%)
Ann Noble (Ind)
217 (0.85%)
Morton Shulman
Humber John MacBeth
17,576 (44.36%)
Alex Marchetti
14,408 (36.36%)
Bob Curran
7,639 (19.28%)
John MacBeth
Huron-Bruce W E Walden
5,955 (23.68%)
Murray Gaunt
16,561 (65.85%)
Donald Milne
2,635 (10.48%)
Murray Gaunt
Huron—Middlesex Jim Hayter
8,010 (36.72%)
Jack Riddell
11,837 (54.26%)
Paul Carroll
1,967 (9.02%)
Jack Riddell
Kenora Leo Bernier
8,907 (52.34%)
Fred Porter
2,945 (17.31%)
Bill Watkins
5,165 (30.35%)
Leo Bernier
Kent—Elgin Don Luckham
7,561 (33.46%)
Jack Spence
12,793 (56.62%)
Ray McGaffey
2,242 (9.92%)
Jack Spence
Kingston and the Islands Keith Norton
9,386 (37.54%)
Ken Keyes
9,270 (37.08%)
Lars Thompson
6,134 (24.54%)
Ruth Miller (Comm)
209 (0.84%)
Syl Apps

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 725 seats in legislature: Record 454 candidates nominated for 125 Ontario seats The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Sep 5, 1975; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail pg. 40
  2. ^ Elected: PCs, 51; NDP, 38; Lib, 36: AFTER 30 YEARS, TORY MINORITY Lewis will head official Opposition Williamson, Robert. The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Toronto, Ont. [Toronto, Ont]19 Sep 1975: C1.
  3. ^ Leader didn't know: Socreds don't qualify as a party for election The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Aug 14, 1975; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail pg. 4