40th Parliament of Ontario

The 40th Legislative Assembly of Ontario was a legislature of the government of the province of Ontario, Canada. The membership was set by the 2011 Ontario general election.

40th Parliament of Ontario
Minority parliament
21 November 2011 – 2 May 2014
Coat of Arms of Ontario.svg
Parliament leaders
PremierHon. Dalton McGuinty
October 23, 2003 - February 11, 2013
Hon. Kathleen Wynne
February 11, 2013 - June 29, 2018
Leader of the
Tim Hudak
July 1, 2009 - July 2, 2014
Party caucuses
GovernmentLiberal Party
OppositionProgressive Conservative Party
RecognizedNew Democratic Party
Legislative Assembly
Speaker of the
Hon. Dave Levac
November 21, 2011 - 2014
House Leader
Hon. John Milloy
October 20, 2011 - June 12, 2014
House Leader
Jim Wilson
October 20, 2011 - July 2, 2014
Members107 MPP seats
MonarchElizabeth II
6 February 1952 – present
1st Session
November 21, 2011 – October 15, 2012
2nd Session
February 19, 2013 – May 2, 2014
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It was controlled by a Liberal Party minority. The government was led by Premier Dalton McGuinty until his resignation resulted in the 2013 leadership election, which selected Kathleen Wynne as his successor. Wynne is the first woman ever to serve as Premier of Ontario.

The Official Opposition was the Progressive Conservative Party, led by Tim Hudak, and the third party was the New Democrats, led by Andrea Horwath.

On May 2, 2014, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne announced that she had formally requested that Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley dissolve the 40th Legislative Assembly of Ontario and call a provincial general election to occur on June 12, 2014.[1][2]

Timeline of the 40th Parliament of OntarioEdit

  • November 21, 2011 – Dave Levac (Liberal, Brant) is elected Speaker on the second ballot defeating three other candidates.
  • November 22, 2011 – Speech from the Throne is delivered.
  • March 29, 2012: Finance Minister Dwight Duncan delivers the provincial budget.
  • April 23, 2012: After negotiations between the Liberals and the NDP, the minority government agrees to amend the budget by adding $242 million to child care funding, $20 million for northern and rural hospitals, increase welfare and disability benefits by 1 per cent at a cost of $55 million, and add a 2% surtax on the portion of individual income that exceeds $500,000 a year.
  • April 24, 2012: Budget approved 52–37 with NDP MPPs abstaining.
  • April 27, 2012: Progressive Conservative MPP Elizabeth Witmer (Kitchener—Waterloo) resigns her seat upon accepting a government appointment as chair of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board. The vacancy results in the government and Opposition being tied in seats, however, as Speaker David Levac is a Liberal, the Opposition continues to have a one-seat advantage. A Liberal victory in this pending by-election and in the pending Vaughan by-election would give it a majority in the legislature.
  • August 1, 2012: Liberal MPP Greg Sorbara (Vaughan) resigns his seat.
  • September 6, 2012: By-elections held in the ridings of Kitchener—Waterloo and Vaughan. Catherine Fife (NDP) elected as MPP for Kitchener—Waterloo. Steven Del Duca (Liberal) elected as MPP for Vaughan. The NDP gains one seat in the Ontario Legislature while the Liberals retain their 53-seat minority.
  • October 15, 2012: Premier McGuinty prorogues the legislature and announces his resignation as Liberal Party leader pending a leadership convention.
  • February 11, 2013: Kathleen Wynne is sworn in as Premier, and a new cabinet in sworn in.
  • February 14, 2013: Chris Bentley and Dwight Duncan, Liberal MPPs for London West and Windsor—Tecumseh, resign.
  • June 11, 2013: Passage of the Wynne government's first budget, with the support of the NDP; legislature recesses for the summer.
  • June 12, 2013: Former Premier Dalton McGuinty resigns his Ottawa South seat.
  • June 27, 2013: Liberal MPP Margarett Best (Scarborough—Guildwood) resigns her seat.
  • July 2, 2013: Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Laurel Broten (Etobicoke—Lakeshore) resigns from Cabinet and her seat.
  • August 1, 2013: Five by-elections held to replace retiring Liberals. Results were two Liberals, two NDP, one Conservative.
  • September 24, 2013: Kim Craitor, Liberal MPP for Niagara Falls, resigns his seat.
  • December 31, 2013: Peter Shurman, Progressive Conservative MPP for Thornhill, resigns his seat.
  • February 13, 2014: Two by-elections held to replace vacant Niagara Falls and Thornhill seats. Result is a Progressive Conservative hold in Thornhill and an NDP gain in Niagara Falls.
  • March 25, 2014: Resignation of cabinet member Linda Jeffrey to run for mayor of Brampton causes a cabinet shuffle.
  • May 2, 2014: The 40th Parliament of Ontario was dissolved as Wynne calls an election, to be held June 12, 2014.[3]

Seating PlanEdit

Martow MacLaren Milligan Pettapiece Hillier Hatfield Sattler Gates
Nicholls Jackson Smith Harris Thompson Yurek Scott McKenna Walker Leone McDonell Campbell Vanthof Schein Armstrong Mantha P. Miller
Bailey Ouellette O'Toole Clark Chudleigh Munro Jones Holyday Dunlop McNaughton Barrett Forster Fife Singh Tabuns Natyshak Taylor
Wilson Arnott Hardeman Fedeli Elliott Hudak Yakabuski MacLeod N. Miller Klees Bisson Horwath DiNovo Marchese Gélinas Prue
Milloy Bradley Chiarelli Meilleur Sousa Wynne Matthews Naqvi Sandals Hoskins MacCharles Kwinter Bartolucci Takhar
Delaney Gerretsen Leal Mauro Murray Piruzza Chan McMeekin Gravelle Duguid Dhillon Cansfield Colle Berardinetti
McNeely Qaadri Albanese Moridi Orazietti Coteau Sergio Flynn Zimmer Balkissoon Dickson Jaczek Mangat
Crack Damerla Wong Del Duca Fraser Hunter Levac

List of membersEdit

Name Party Riding Notes
  Joe Dickson Liberal Ajax—Pickering
  Michael Mantha New Democrat Algoma—Manitoulin
  Ted McMeekin Liberal Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale
  Rod Jackson Progressive Conservative Barrie
  Michael Prue New Democrat Beaches—East York
  Jagmeet Singh New Democrat Bramalea—Gore—Malton
  Linda Jeffrey Liberal Brampton—Springdale Resigned on March 25, 2014
  Vic Dhillon Liberal Brampton West
  Dave Levac Liberal Brant
  Bill Walker Progressive Conservative Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound
  Jane McKenna Progressive Conservative Burlington
  Rob Leone Progressive Conservative Cambridge
  Jack MacLaren Progressive Conservative Carleton—Mississippi Mills
  Rick Nicholls Progressive Conservative Chatham-Kent—Essex
  Jonah Schein New Democrat Davenport
  Michael Coteau Liberal Don Valley East
  Kathleen Wynne Liberal Don Valley West Premier since February 11, 2013
  Sylvia Jones Progressive Conservative Dufferin—Caledon
  John O'Toole Progressive Conservative Durham
  Mike Colle Liberal Eglinton—Lawrence
  Jeff Yurek Progressive Conservative Elgin—Middlesex—London
  Taras Natyshak New Democrat Essex
  Donna Cansfield Liberal Etobicoke Centre
  Laurel Broten Liberal Etobicoke—Lakeshore Resigned on July 2, 2013
  Doug Holyday Progressive Conservative Elected in a by-election on August 1, 2013
  Shafiq Qaadri Liberal Etobicoke North
  Grant Crack Liberal Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
  Liz Sandals Liberal Guelph
  Toby Barrett Progressive Conservative Haldimand—Norfolk
  Laurie Scott Progressive Conservative Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock
  Ted Chudleigh Progressive Conservative Halton
  Andrea Horwath New Democrat Hamilton Centre
  Paul Miller New Democrat Hamilton East—Stoney Creek
  Monique Taylor New Democrat Hamilton Mountain
  Lisa Thompson Progressive Conservative Huron—Bruce
  Sarah Campbell New Democrat Kenora—Rainy River
  John Gerretsen Liberal Kingston and the Islands
  John Milloy Liberal Kitchener Centre
  Michael Harris Progressive Conservative Kitchener—Conestoga
  Elizabeth Witmer Progressive Conservative Kitchener—Waterloo Resigned on April 27, 2012
  Catherine Fife New Democrat Elected in a by-election on September 6, 2012
  Monte McNaughton Progressive Conservative Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
  Randy Hillier Progressive Conservative Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington
  Steve Clark Progressive Conservative Leeds—Grenville
  Teresa Armstrong New Democrat London—Fanshawe
  Deb Matthews Liberal London North Centre
  Chris Bentley Liberal London West Resigned on February 14, 2013
  Peggy Sattler New Democrat Elected in a by-election on August 1, 2013
  Michael Chan Liberal Markham—Unionville
  Amrit Mangat Liberal Mississauga—Brampton South
  Dipika Damerla 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 Resigned on September 24, 2013
  Wayne Gates New Democrat Elected in a by-election on February 13, 2014
  Tim Hudak Progressive Conservative Niagara West—Glanbrook
  France Gélinas New Democrat Nickel Belt
  Vic Fedeli Progressive Conservative Nipissing
  Rob Milligan Progressive Conservative 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 until February 11, 2013; resigned on June 12, 2013.
  John Fraser Liberal Elected in a by-election on August 1, 2013
  Madeleine Meilleur Liberal Ottawa—Vanier
  Bob Chiarelli Liberal Ottawa West—Nepean
  Ernie Hardeman Progressive Conservative Oxford
  Cheri DiNovo New Democrat Parkdale—High Park
  Norm Miller Progressive Conservative Parry Sound—Muskoka
  Randy Pettapiece Progressive Conservative Perth—Wellington
  Jeff Leal Liberal Peterborough
  Tracy MacCharles Liberal Pickering—Scarborough East
  Todd Smith Progressive Conservative Prince Edward—Hastings
  John Yakabuski Progressive Conservative Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke
  Reza Moridi Liberal Richmond Hill
  Jim Bradley Liberal St. Catharines
  Eric Hoskins Liberal St. Paul's
  Bob Bailey Progressive Conservative Sarnia—Lambton
  David Orazietti Liberal Sault Ste. Marie
  Soo Wong Liberal Scarborough—Agincourt
  Brad Duguid Liberal Scarborough Centre
  Margarett Best Liberal Scarborough—Guildwood Resigned on June 27, 2013
  Mitzie Hunter Liberal Elected in a by-election on August 1, 2013
  Bas Balkissoon Liberal Scarborough—Rouge River
  Lorenzo Berardinetti Liberal Scarborough Southwest
  Jim Wilson Progressive Conservative Simcoe—Grey
  Garfield Dunlop Progressive Conservative Simcoe North
  Jim McDonell Progressive Conservative Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry
  Rick Bartolucci Liberal Sudbury
  Peter Shurman Progressive Conservative Thornhill Resigned on December 31, 2013
  Gila Martow Progressive Conservative Elected in a by-election on February 13, 2014
  Bill Mauro Liberal Thunder Bay—Atikokan
  Michael Gravelle Liberal Thunder Bay—Superior North
  John Vanthof New Democrat Timiskaming—Cochrane
  Gilles Bisson New Democrat Timmins—James Bay
  Glen Murray Liberal Toronto Centre
  Peter Tabuns New Democrat Toronto—Danforth
  Rosario Marchese New Democrat Trinity—Spadina
  Greg Sorbara Liberal Vaughan Resigned on August 1, 2012
  Steven Del Duca Liberal Elected in a by-election on September 6, 2012
  Cindy Forster 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 Resigned on February 14, 2013
  Percy Hatfield New Democrat Elected in a by-election on August 1, 2013
  Teresa Piruzza 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

Membership changesEdit

Number of members
per party by date
2011 2012 2013 2014
Oct 6 Apr 27 Aug 1 Sep 6 Feb 14 Jun 12 Jun 28 Jul 2 Aug 1 Sep 24 Dec 31 Feb 13 Mar 25
Liberal 53 52 53 51 50 49 48 50 49 48
Progressive Conservative 37 36 37 36 37
New Democratic 17 18 20 21
  Total members 107 106 105 107 105 104 103 102 107 106 105 107 106
Vacant 0 1 2 0 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 0 1
  Government majority −1 0 −1 −3 −4 −5 −6 −7 −8 −7 −9 −10
Membership changes in the 40th Assembly
Date Name District Party Reason
  April 27, 2012 Elizabeth Witmer Kitchener—Waterloo Progressive Conservative Resigned to accept a government appointment as chair of the WSIB.
  August 1, 2012 Greg Sorbara Vaughan Liberal Resigned
  September 6, 2012 Steven Del Duca Vaughan Liberal Elected in by-election
  September 6, 2012 Catherine Fife Kitchener—Waterloo New Democrat Elected in by-election
  February 14, 2013 Chris Bentley London West Liberal Resigned
  February 14, 2013 Dwight Duncan Windsor—Tecumseh Liberal Resigned
  June 12, 2013 Dalton McGuinty Ottawa South Liberal Resigned
  June 28, 2013 Margarett Best Scarborough—Guildwood Liberal Resigned
  July 2, 2013 Laurel Broten Etobicoke—Lakeshore Liberal Resigned
  August 1, 2013 John Fraser Ottawa South Liberal Elected in by-election
  August 1, 2013 Percy Hatfield Windsor—Tecumseh New Democrat Elected in by-election
  August 1, 2013 Doug Holyday Etobicoke—Lakeshore Progressive Conservative Elected in by-election
  August 1, 2013 Mitzie Hunter Scarborough—Guildwood Liberal Elected in by-election
  August 1, 2013 Peggy Sattler London West New Democrat Elected in by-election
  September 24, 2013 Kim Craitor Niagara Falls Liberal Resigned
  December 31, 2013 Peter Shurman Thornhill Progressive Conservative Resigned
  February 13, 2014 Wayne Gates Niagara Falls New Democrat Elected in by-election
  February 13, 2014 Gila Martow Thornhill Progressive Conservative Elected in by-election
  March 25, 2014 Linda Jeffrey Brampton—Springdale Liberal Resigned to run for mayor office in Brampton


There were two sessions of the 40th Legislature.

Session Start End
1st November 22, 2011 October 15, 2012
2nd February 19, 2013 May 2, 2014


  1. ^ "Ontario election 2014: Wynne vows to re-introduce budget | CBC News".
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2014-05-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Ontario election 2014: Wynne vows to re-introduce budget | CBC News".

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