39th Parliament of Ontario

The 39th Legislative Assembly of Ontario was a legislature of the government of the Province of Ontario, Canada. It officially opened November 29, 2007, and ended on June 1, 2011. The membership was set by the 2007 Ontario general election on October 10, 2007.

39th Parliament of Ontario
Majority parliament
November 29, 2007 – September 7, 2011
Parliament leaders
PremierHon. Dalton McGuinty
October 23, 2003 - February 11, 2013
Leader of the
Bob Runciman
Tim Hudak
Party caucuses
GovernmentLiberal Party
OppositionProgressive Conservative Party
Third partyNew Democratic Party
Legislative Assembly
Speaker of the
Hon. Steve Peters
House Leader
Michael Bryant
October 30, 2007 — February 04, 2009
Monique Smith
September 18, 2008 — September 07, 2011
House Leader
Bob Runciman
July 27, 2009 — January 29, 2010
Members107 MPP seats
MonarchElizabeth II
6 February 1952 – present
1st Session
November 29, 2007 – March 4, 2010
2nd Session
March 8, 2010 – June 1, 2011
<38th 40th>

It was controlled by a Liberal Party majority under Premier Dalton McGuinty. The Official Opposition was the Progressive Conservative Party. It was initially led by John Tory but the leadership changed in 2009 when the PCs elected Tim Hudak as their new leader. The third party was the New Democrats led by Howard Hampton until they chose Andrea Horwath as their leader in 2009. The speaker was Steve Peters.


There were two sessions of the 39th Legislature:

Session Start End
1st November 29, 2007 March 4, 2010
2nd March 8, 2010 June 1, 2011

Timeline of the 39th Parliament of OntarioEdit

Party standingsEdit

Leader of the Party
Leader in the Legislature
OntLA Status
Liberal Dalton McGuinty
Progressive Conservative Tim Hudak
Official Opposition
New Democratic Andrea Horwath
Third Party
Government Majority

Seating planEdit

Murdoch Martiniuk Clark Bailey Shurman Savoline Jones Ouellette Gélinas P. Miller Pendergast Johnson
O'Toole Hillier Chudleigh Arnott Dunlop Hardeman MacLeod Munro Barrett Prue DiNovo Tabuns Bisson Jaczek Magnat Moridi Naqvi
Wilson Sterling Witmer N. Miller Elliott Hudak Yakabuski Klees Kormos Horwath Marchese Hampton Balkissoon Albanese Carroll Dickson
Smith Bradley Dombrowsky Philips Duncan McGuinty Pupatello Matthews Wynne Gerretsen Ruprecht Kwinter Ramsay Sorbara
Leal Brown Takhar Aggelonitis Bentley Bartolucci Best Duguid Meilleur Milloy Hoskins Gravelle Crozier Colle Hoy Lalonde
Sergio Caplan Murray Chiarelli Jeffrey Wilkinson Mitchell Broten Chan Sousa McMeekin Levac Arthurs Berardinetti Brownell Cansfield
Craitor Delaney Dhillon Flynn Fonseca Kular Mauro McNeely Orazietti Qaadri Ramal Rinaldi Sandals VanBommel Zimmer Peters

List of membersEdit

Name Party Riding Notes
     Joe Dickson Liberal Ajax—Pickering
     Mike Brown Liberal Algoma—Manitoulin
     Ted McMeekin Liberal Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale
     Aileen Carroll Liberal Barrie
     Michael Prue New Democrat Beaches—East York
     Kuldip Kular Liberal Bramalea—Gore—Malton
     Linda Jeffrey Liberal Brampton—Springdale
     Vic Dhillon Liberal Brampton West
     Dave Levac Liberal Brant
     Bill Murdoch Progressive Conservative Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound Removed from caucus September 12, 2008; rejoined April 23, 2009
Suspended from the Legislature, November 30, 2009, pursuant to S.O. 15(c)
     Joyce Savoline Progressive Conservative Burlington
     Gerry Martiniuk Progressive Conservative Cambridge
     Norm Sterling Progressive Conservative Carleton—Mississippi Mills
     Pat Hoy Liberal Chatham-Kent—Essex
     Tony Ruprecht Liberal Davenport
     David Caplan Liberal Don Valley East
     Kathleen Wynne Liberal Don Valley West
     Sylvia Jones Progressive Conservative Dufferin—Caledon
     John O'Toole Progressive Conservative Durham
     Mike Colle Liberal Eglinton—Lawrence
     Steve Peters Liberal Elgin—Middlesex—London Speaker
     Bruce Crozier Liberal Essex Died June 3, 2011.
     Donna Cansfield Liberal Etobicoke Centre
     Laurel Broten Liberal Etobicoke—Lakeshore
     Shafiq Qaadri Liberal Etobicoke North
     Jean-Marc Lalonde Liberal Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
     Liz Sandals Liberal Guelph
     Toby Barrett Progressive Conservative Haldimand—Norfolk
     Laurie Scott Progressive Conservative Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock Resigned on January 9, 2009.
     Rick Johnson Liberal Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock Elected March 5, 2009.
     Ted Chudleigh Progressive Conservative Halton
     Andrea Horwath New Democrat Hamilton Centre Leader of the New Democratic Party from March 7, 2009.
     Paul Miller New Democrat Hamilton East—Stoney Creek
     Sophia Aggelonitis Liberal Hamilton Mountain
     Carol Mitchell Liberal Huron—Bruce
     Howard Hampton New Democrat Kenora—Rainy River Leader of the New Democratic Party to March 7, 2009.
     John Gerretsen Liberal Kingston and the Islands
     John Milloy Liberal Kitchener Centre
     Leeanna Pendergast Liberal Kitchener—Conestoga
     Elizabeth Witmer Progressive Conservative Kitchener—Waterloo
     Maria Van Bommel Liberal Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
     Randy Hillier Progressive Conservative Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington Suspended from the Legislature, November 30, 2009, pursuant to S.O. 15(c)
     Bob Runciman Progressive Conservative Leeds—Grenville Interim Leader of the Opposition until June 27, 2009. Resigned January 29, 2010 to accept appointment to the Senate of Canada.
     Steve Clark Progressive Conservative Leeds—Grenville Elected March 4, 2010
     Khalil Ramal Liberal London—Fanshawe
     Deb Matthews Liberal London North Centre
     Chris Bentley Liberal London West
     Michael Chan Liberal Markham—Unionville
     Amrit Mangat Liberal Mississauga—Brampton South
     Peter Fonseca Liberal Mississauga East—Cooksville
     Harinder Takhar Liberal Mississauga—Erindale
     Charles Sousa Liberal Mississauga South
     Bob Delaney Liberal Mississauga—Streetsville
     Lisa MacLeod Progressive Conservative Nepean—Carleton
     Frank Klees Progressive Conservative Newmarket—Aurora
     Kim Craitor Liberal Niagara Falls
     Tim Hudak Progressive Conservative Niagara West—Glanbrook Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Progressive Conservatives from June 27, 2009
     France Gélinas New Democrat Nickel Belt
     Monique Smith Liberal Nipissing
     Lou Rinaldi Liberal Northumberland—Quinte West
     Helena Jaczek Liberal Oak Ridges—Markham
     Kevin Flynn Liberal Oakville
     Jerry Ouellette Progressive Conservative Oshawa
     Yasir Naqvi Liberal Ottawa Centre
     Phil McNeely Liberal Ottawa—Orléans
     Dalton McGuinty Liberal Ottawa South Premier, leader of the Liberal Party.
     Madeleine Meilleur Liberal Ottawa—Vanier
     Jim Watson Liberal Ottawa West—Nepean Resigned February 1, 2010.
     Bob Chiarelli Liberal Ottawa West—Nepean Elected March 4, 2010
     Ernie Hardeman Progressive Conservative Oxford
     Cheri DiNovo New Democrat Parkdale—High Park
     Norm Miller Progressive Conservative Parry Sound—Muskoka
     John Wilkinson Liberal Perth—Wellington
     Jeff Leal Liberal Peterborough
     Wayne Arthurs Liberal Pickering—Scarborough East
     Leona Dombrowsky Liberal Prince Edward—Hastings
     John Yakabuski Progressive Conservative Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke
     Reza Moridi Liberal Richmond Hill
     Jim Bradley Liberal St. Catharines
     Michael Bryant Liberal St. Paul's Resigned June 7, 2009.
     Eric Hoskins Liberal St. Paul's Elected September 17, 2009.
     Bob Bailey Progressive Conservative Sarnia—Lambton
     David Orazietti Liberal Sault Ste. Marie
     Gerry Phillips Liberal Scarborough—Agincourt
     Brad Duguid Liberal Scarborough Centre
     Margarett Best Liberal Scarborough—Guildwood
     Bas Balkissoon Liberal Scarborough—Rouge River
     Lorenzo Berardinetti Liberal Scarborough Southwest
     Jim Wilson Progressive Conservative Simcoe—Grey
     Garfield Dunlop Progressive Conservative Simcoe North
     Jim Brownell Liberal Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry
     Rick Bartolucci Liberal Sudbury
     Peter Shurman Progressive Conservative Thornhill
     Bill Mauro Liberal Thunder Bay—Atikokan
     Michael Gravelle Liberal Thunder Bay—Superior North
     David Ramsay Liberal Timiskaming—Cochrane
     Gilles Bisson New Democrat Timmins—James Bay
     George Smitherman Liberal Toronto Centre Resigned January 4, 2010.
     Glen Murray Liberal Toronto Centre Elected February 4, 2010.
     Peter Tabuns New Democrat Toronto—Danforth
     Rosario Marchese New Democrat Trinity—Spadina
     Greg Sorbara Liberal Vaughan
     Peter Kormos New Democrat Welland
     Ted Arnott Progressive Conservative Wellington—Halton Hills
     Christine Elliott Progressive Conservative Whitby—Oshawa
     David Zimmer Liberal Willowdale
     Dwight Duncan Liberal Windsor—Tecumseh
     Sandra Pupatello Liberal Windsor West
     Monte Kwinter Liberal York Centre
     Julia Munro Progressive Conservative York—Simcoe
     Laura Albanese Liberal York South—Weston
     Mario Sergio Liberal York West

Standings changes since the 38th general electionEdit

Number of members
per party by date
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Oct 10 Sep 12 Jan 9 Mar 5 Apr 23 Jun 7 Sep 17 Jan 4 Jan 29 Feb 1 Feb 4 Mar 4 Mar 26 Jun 3
     Liberal 71 72 71 72 71 70 71 72 71 70
     Progressive Conservative 26 25 24 25 24 25
     NDP 10
     Independent 0 1 0
Total members 107 106 107 106 107 106 105 104 105 107 106 105
Vacant 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 3 2 0 1 2
Government Majority 35 36 37 36 37 36 37 36 37 36 35

Membership changesEdit

Membership changes in the 39th Assembly
Date Name District Party Reason
  October 10, 2007 See List of Members Election day of the 39th Ontario general election
     September 12, 2008 Bill Murdoch Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound Independent Suspended from the Progressive Conservative caucus
     January 9, 2009 Laurie Scott Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock Progressive Conservative Vacated seat for party leader John Tory.
     March 5, 2009 Rick Johnson Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock Liberal Elected in a by-election
     April 23, 2009 Bill Murdoch Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound Progressive Conservative Re-joined the Progressive Conservative caucus
     June 7, 2009 Michael Bryant St. Paul's Liberal Vacated seat
     September 17, 2009 Eric Hoskins St. Paul's Liberal Elected in a by-election
     January 4, 2010 George Smitherman Toronto Centre Liberal Vacated seat
     January 29, 2010 Bob Runciman Leeds—Grenville Progressive Conservative Appointed to the Senate of Canada
     February 1, 2010 Jim Watson Ottawa West—Nepean Liberal Vacated seat
     February 4, 2010 Glen Murray Toronto Centre Liberal Elected in a by-election
     March 4, 2010 Bob Chiarelli Ottawa West—Nepean Liberal Elected in a by-election
     March 4, 2010 Steve Clark Leeds—Grenville Progressive Conservative Elected in a by-election
     March 26, 2011 Peter Fonseca Mississauga East—Cooksville Liberal Vacated seat to run in the 2011 federal election
     June 3, 2011 Bruce Crozier Essex Liberal died from an aortic aneurysm

Office holdersEdit

Major legislationEdit

  • Bill 8, Food for Healthy Schools Act, 2008, Royal Assent April 27, 2008
  • Bill 48, Payday Loans Act, 2008, Royal Assent June 18, 2008
  • Bill 50, Provincial Animal Welfare Act, 2008, Second Reading, May 27, 20085,
  • Bill 55, Ontario French-language Educational Communications Authority Act, 2008, Royal Assent June 18, 2008
  • Bill 64, Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act, 2008, Royal Assent June 18, 2008
  • Bill 66, Toronto Public Transit Service Resumption Act, 2008, Royal Assent April 27, 2008
  • Bill 90, Colleges Collective Bargaining Act, 2008, Second Reading June 12, 2008


There are two forms which Committees can take. The first, Standing Committees, are struck for the duration of the Parliament pursuant to Standing Orders. The second, Select Committees, are struck usually by a Motion or an Order of the House to consider a specific Bill or issue which would otherwise monopolize the time of the Standing Committees.

Standing CommitteesEdit

Standing Committees in the current Parliament

Select Committees in the current Parliament

The 39th Parliament had 3 Select Committees.

  • The Select Committee on Elections was struck, by a motion of the House, on June 11, 2008. It completed its work on June 29, 2009.
  • The Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions was struck, by a motion of the House, on February 24, 2009. It completed its work on August 24, 2010.
  • The Select Committee on the proposed transaction of the TMX Group and the London Stock Exchange Group was struck, by a motion of the House, on February 23, 2011. It completed its work on April 19, 2011.


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