Ontario general election, 1937

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Ontario general election, 1937
Ontario
1934 ←
members
October 6, 1937 → 1943
members

90 seats in the 20th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
46 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Mitchell Hepburn1 crop.jpg CON
Leader Mitchell Hepburn William Earl Rowe
Party Liberal Conservative
Leader since December 17, 1930 May 28, 1936
Leader's seat Elgin Ran in Simcoe Centre(Lost)
Last election 65 17
Seats won 63 23
Seat change -2 +6
Percentage 51.6% 40.0%
Swing +1.2 +0.2%

Premier before election

Mitchell Hepburn
Liberal

Elected Premier

Mitchell Hepburn
Liberal

The Ontario general election, 1937 was held on October 6, 1937, to elect the 90 Members of the 20th Legislative Assembly of Ontario ("MLAs"). It was the 20th general election held in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

The Ontario Liberal Party, led by Mitchell Hepburn, was re-elected for a second term in government, with a slightly reduced majority in the Legislature.

The Ontario Conservative Party, led by William Earl Rowe, was able to win six additional seats, and continued to form the official opposition.

Meanwhile, the fledgling democratic socialist Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) lost its sole MLA, Sam Lawrence.

In 1938, MLAs voted to adopt the title "Member of Provincial Parliament", and became known as "MPPs".

Results[edit]

  Party Leader 1934 Elected % change Popular vote
 % change
     Liberal Mitchell Hepburn 65 63 -3.1% 51.6% +1.2%
     Liberal-Progressive1 4 2 -50.0%
     Conservative William Earl Rowe 17 23 +35.3% 40.0% 0.2%
United Farmers2 Farquhar Oliver 1 1 -    
     Co-operative Commonwealth   1 - -100% 5.6% -1.4%
     Liberal Independent   - 1      
     Labour   1 - -    
     Independent   1 -      
Total 90 90 - 100%  

1Liberal-Progressive MLAs supported the Hepburn government since its election in 1934. Liberal-Progressive MLA Harry Nixon sitting in Hepburn's cabinet from the beginning and formally became a Liberal in 1937.

2United Farmers MLA Farquhar Oliver was a supporter of the Hepburn Liberal government and joined Hepburn's cabinet in 1940.

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