Ontario CCF/NDP leadership elections

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The Ontario New Democratic Party elects its leaders by secret ballot of the party members and/or their delegates at leadership elections, as did its predecessor, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (Ontario Section). The party leader can be challenged for the leadership at the party's biennial convention. The Ontario New Democratic Party is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada.

Ontario CCF leadership convention, 1942[edit]

(Held on April 3, 1942.)

(Note: The vote totals do not appear to have been announced.)

Ontario CCF leadership challenge, 1946[edit]

(Held November 23, 1946)

Ontario CCF leadership convention, 1953[edit]

(Held on November 21, 1953.)

First Ballot

Candidate Votes Percentage
Fred Young 154 43.2
Donald C. MacDonald 127 35.6
Andrew Brewin 75 21.0
Total 356 100

Second Ballot

Candidate Votes Percentage +/-
Donald C. MacDonald 181 50.8 +15.2
Fred Young 175 49.2 +6.0
Total 356 100

(Note: These totals are taken from an interview with Donald C. MacDonald several years after the convention. They do not appear to have been announced at the convention itself.)

Ontario NDP leadership convention, 1961[edit]

(Held on October 8, 1961.)

Ontario NDP leadership challenge, 1968[edit]

(Held on November 17, 1968 in Kitchener, Ontario.)

Candidate Votes Percentage
Donald C. MacDonald 859 69.9
James Alexander Renwick 370 30.1
Total 1,229 100

Ontario NDP leadership convention, 1970[edit]

(Held on October 4, 1970.)

Candidate Votes Percentage
Stephen Lewis 1,188 64.1
Walter Pitman 642 34.7
Douglas Campbell 21 1.1
Total 1,851 100

Ontario NDP leadership challenge, 1972[edit]

(Held on December 10, 1972 in Toronto, Ontario.)

Candidate Votes Percentage
Stephen Lewis 752 85.8
Douglas Campbell 124 14.1
Total 876 100

An additional 137 ballots were spoiled. If the spoiled votes are factored in then Lewis received 74.2% support overall

Ontario NDP leadership convention, 1978[edit]

(Held on February 5, 1978.)

First Ballot

Candidate Votes Percentage
Michael Cassidy 675 37.6
Ian Deans 623 34.7
Michael Breaugh 499 27.8
Total 1,797 100

Breaugh eliminated, goes to Cassidy

Second Ballot

Candidate Votes Percentage +/-
Michael Cassidy 980 54.8 +17.2
Ian Deans 809 45.2 +10.6
Total 1,789 100

Ontario NDP leadership convention, 1982[edit]

(Held on February 7, 1982.)

Candidate Votes Percentage
Bob Rae 1,356 64.6
Richard Johnston 512 24.4
Jim Foulds 232 11.0
Total 2,100 100

Ontario NDP leadership challenge, 1986[edit]

(Held on June 22, 1986 in Hamilton, Ontario.)

Candidate Votes Percentage
Bob Rae 776 95.3
Ian Orenstein 38 4.7
Total 814 100

Ontario NDP leadership convention, 1996[edit]

(Held on June 22, 1996 in Hamilton, Ontario.)

After the first ballot, Silipo was eliminated and he endorsed Hampton. After the 2nd ballot, Kormos was eliminated but he endorsed noone and released his delegates. There were eighty spoiled ballots on the final count, mostly from disgruntled supporters of Kormos.

Ballot results[edit]

Delegate support by ballot
Candidate 1st ballot 2nd ballot 3rd ballot
Name Votes cast  % Votes cast  % Votes cast  %
Howard Hampton 649 33.7 806 43.4 971 55.0
Frances Lankin 611 31.7 691 36.3 793 45.0
Peter Kormos 434 22.5 402 21.1
Tony Silipo 232 12.0
Total 1,926 100.0 1,899 100.0 1,764 100.0

Ontario NDP leadership election, 2009[edit]

(Held on March 7, 2009, in Hamilton, Ontario)

First Ballot

Candidate Weighted Votes Percentage
Andrea Horwath 4,625.29 37.1
Peter Tabuns 3,437.93 27.6
Gilles Bisson 2,954.23 23.7
Michael Prue 1,438.44 11.5
Total 12,455.89 100

Prue eliminated, endorses Bisson

Second Ballot

Candidate Weighted Votes Percentage +/-
Andrea Horwath 5,259.06 43.6 +6.5
Peter Tabuns 3,819.82 31.7 +4.1
Gilles Bisson 2,988.12 24.8 +1.1
Total 12,067 100.0

Bisson eliminated, endorses Horwath

Third Ballot

Candidate Weighted Votes Percentage +/-
Andrea Horwath 6,732.34 60.4 +16.8
Peter Tabuns 4,420.66 39.6 +7.9
Total 11,152.9 100.0

Starting with the 2009 leadership election, the Ontario NDP instituted a modified one member one vote system in which the vote is calculated so that ballots cast by labour delegates have 25% weight in the total result, while votes cast by party members have a weight of 75% in the overall result.