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Ontario general election, 1995

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The Ontario general election of 1995 was held on June 8, 1995, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the province of Ontario, Canada.

The governing Ontario New Democratic Party, led by Premier Bob Rae, was defeated by voters, who were angry at the mistakes made by the inexperienced NDP, and frustrated by rising taxes and unemployment. Liberal Party, led by Lyn McLeod had been leading in the polls, but was denied victory by voters who were uncomfortable about McLeod's "flip-flopping" on certain issues, including recognition of same-sex civil unions. The Progressive Conservative Party, led by Mike Harris, found success with its "Common Sense Revolution" campaign to cut personal income taxes, social assistance (welfare) rates, and government spending dramatically. Voters gave the Tories a large majority.

One Independent candidate was elected: Peter North in Erie riding. North had been elected in 1990 as a New Democrat, but left the NDP and declared his intention to run as a Progressive Conservative. The PC Party did not accept him as a candidate, however, and he ran and won as an independent.

The writs for the election were dropped on April 28, 1995.

Results

Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1990 Elected % Change # % % Change

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Progressive Conservative Mike Harris 125 20 82 +310% 1,870,110 44.8% +21.3%

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Liberal Lyn McLeod 125 36 30 -16.7% 1,291,326 31.1% -1.3%

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New Democratic Bob Rae 125 74 17 -77.0% 854,163 20.6% -17.0%

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Family Coalition Donald Pennell 55 - - - 61,657 1.5% -0.1%

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Natural Law Ron Parker 68 - - - 18,326 0.4% +0.4%

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Green Frank de Jong 37 - - - 14,108 0.4% -0.3%

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Libertarian John Shadbolt 18 - - - 6,085 0.2% -0.4%

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Freedom Jack Plant 11 - - - 4,532 0.1% -0.1%

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Confederation of Regions   6 - - - 3,971 0.1% -1.8%

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Communist Darrell Rankin 5 - - - 1,015 0.02% -0.08%

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Independent 61 - 1 - 33,077 0.8% +0.5%
Total 636 130 130 - 4,158,370 100% -

Notes:

At least five unregistered parties fielded candidates in this election.

Candidates from the aforementioned parties appeared on the ballot as independents. It is possible that some candidates listed below as independents actually belonged to these or other parties.

Riding Results

Algoma:

Algoma—Manitoulin:

Beaches—Woodbine:

Brampton North:

Brampton South:

Brantford:

Brant—Haldimand:

Bruce:

Burlington South:

Cambridge:

Carleton:

Carleton East:

Chatham—Kent:

Cochrane North:

Cochrane South:

Cornwall:

Don Mills:

Dovercourt:

Downsview:

Dufferin—Peel:

Durham Centre:

Durham East:

Durham West:

Durham—York:

Eglinton:

Elgin:

Essex—Kent:

Essex South:

Etobicoke—Humber:

Etobicoke—Lakeshore:

Etobicoke—Rexdale:

Etobicoke West:

Fort William:

Fort York:

Frontenac—Addington:

Grey—Owen Sound:

Guelph:

Halton Centre:

Halton North:

Hamilton Centre:

Hamilton East:

Hamilton Mountain:

Hamilton West:

Hastings—Peterborough:

High Park—Swansea:

Huron:

Kenora:

Kingston and the Islands:

Kitchener:

Kitchener—Wilmot:

Lake Nipigon:

Lambton:

Lanark—Renfrew:

Lawrence:

Leeds—Grenville:

Lincoln:

London Centre:

London North:

London South:

Markham:

Middlesex:

Mississauga East:

Mississauga North:

Mississauga South:

Mississauga West:

Muskoka—Georgian Bay:

Nepean:

Niagara Falls:

Niagara South:

Nickel Belt:

Nipissing:

Norfolk:

Northumberland:

Oakville South:

Oakwood:

Oriole:

Oshawa:

Ottawa Centre:

Ottawa East:

Ottawa—Rideau:

Ottawa South:

Ottawa West:

Oxford:

Parkdale:

Parry Sound:

Perth:

Peterborough:

Port Arthur:

Prescott and Russell:

Prince Edward—Lennox:

Quinte:

Rainy River:

Renfrew North:

Riverdale:

St. Andrew—St. Patrick:

St. Catharines:

St. Catharines—Brock:

St. George—St. David:

Sarnia:

Sault Ste. Marie:

Scarborough—Agincourt:

Scarborough Centre:

Scarborough East:

Scarborough—Ellesmere:

Scarborough North:

Scarborough West:

Simcoe Centre:

Simcoe East:

Simcoe West:

Stormont—Dundas—Glengarry & East Grenville:

Sudbury:

Sudbury East:

Timiskaming:

Victoria—Haliburton:

Waterloo North:

Welland—Thorold:

Wellington:

Wentworth East:

Wentworth North:

Willowdale:

Wilson Heights:

Windsor—Riverside:

Windsor—Sandwich:

Windsor—Walkerville:

York Centre:

York East:

York Mills:

York—Mackenzie:

York South:

Yorkview:

post-election changes:

York South (res. Bob Rae, February 29, 1996), May 23, 1996:

Oriole (res. Elinor Caplan, May 5, 1997), September 4, 1997:

Ottawa West (res. Bob Chiarelli, May 5, 1997), September 4, 1997:

Windsor—Riverside (res. David Cooke, May 5, 1997), September 4, 1997:

Nickel Belt (res. Floyd Laughren, February 28, 1998), October 1, 1998:

Alex Cullen left the Liberal Party on November 15, 1998, and joined the NDP on November 23, 1998.

See also

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