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Ontario general election, 1985

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The Ontario general election of 1985 was held to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

The Ontario Liberal Party, led by David Peterson, with support from the New Democratic Party, led by Bob Rae, formed a minority government despite having fewer seats than the previously governing Progressive Conservative Party led by Frank Miller. This election ended 42 years of Conservative rule, during which the Tories retained power with the help of the "Big Blue Machine", a group of political professionals, and by governing in a moderate, non-confrontational way. Frank Miller came to the PC leadership with a much more right-wing image than his predecessor, William Davis. Voters were worried that Miller would take the government in a more conservative direction, and many moved their support to Peterson's more moderate Liberals. The Liberals won a marginally larger share of the popular vote than the PCs.

Results

  Party Leader 1981 Elected % change Popular vote (%)

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Progressive Conservative Frank Miller 70 52 -25.7% 37.0%

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Liberal David Peterson 34 48 +41.2% 37.9%

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New Democratic Bob Rae 21 25 +19.0% 23.8%

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Libertarian Scott Bell   -   0.4%

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Green     -   0.1%

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Communist Gordon Massie   -   0.1%

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Freedom none (Robert Metz, President)   -   0.1%

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Others     -   0.7%
Total Seats 125 125 - 100%

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Riding results

Algoma:

Algoma—Manitoulin:

Armourdale:

Beaches—Woodbine:

Bellwoods:

Brampton:

Brantford:

Brant—Oxford—Haldimand:

Brock:

Burlington South:

Cambridge:

Carleton:

Carleton East:

Carleton—Grenville:

Chatham—Kent:

Cochrane North:

Cochrane South:

Cornwall:

Don Mills:

Dovercourt:

Downsview:

Dufferin—Simcoe:

Durham East:

Durham West:

Durham—York:

Eglinton:

Elgin:

Erie:

Essex North:

Essex South:

Etobicoke:

Fort William:

Frontenac—Addington:

Grey:

Grey—Bruce:

Haldimand—Norfolk:

Halton—Burlington:

Hamilton Centre:

Hamilton East:

Hamilton Mountain:

Hamilton West:

Hastings—Peterborough:

High Park—Swansea:

Humber:

Huron—Bruce:

Huron—Middlesex:

Kenora:

Kent—Elgin:

Kingston and the Islands:

Kitchener:

Kitchener—Wilmot:

Lake Nipigon:

Lambton:

Lanark—Renfrew:

Lakeshore:

Leeds:

Lincoln:

London Centre:

London North:

London South:

Middlesex:

Mississauga East:

Mississauga North:

Mississauga South:

Muskoka:

Niagara Falls:

Nickel Belt:

Nipissing:

Northumberland:

Oakville:

Oakwood:

Oriole:

Oshawa:

Ottawa Centre:

Ottawa East:

Ottawa South:

Ottawa West:

Oxford:

Parkdale:

Parry Sound:

Perth:

Peterborough:

Port Arthur:

Prescott and Russell:

Prince Edward—Lennox:

Quinte:

Rainy River:

Renfrew North:

Renfrew South:

Riverdale:

St. Andrew—St. Patrick:

St. Catharines:

St. David:

St. George:

Sarnia:

Sault Ste. Marie:

Scarborough Centre:

Scarborough East:

Scarborough—Ellesmere:

Scarborough North:

Scarborough West:

Simcoe Centre:

Simcoe East:

Stormont—Dundas—Glengarry & East Grenville:

Sudbury:

Sudbury East:

Timiskaming:

Victoria—Haliburton:

Waterloo North:

Welland—Thorold:

Wellington—Dufferin—Peel:

Wellington South:

Wentworth:

Wentworth North:

Wilson Heights:

Windsor—Riverside:

Windsor—Sandwich:

Windsor—Walkerville:

York Centre:

York East:

York Mills:

York North:

York South:

York West:

Yorkview:

See also

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