Ontario general election, 1977

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Ontario general election, 1977
Ontario
1975 ←
June 9, 1977 → 1981

125 seats in the 31st Legislative Assembly of Ontario
63 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Bill Davis Toronto 1984.jpg LIB Stephen Lewis - photo by Gordon Griffiths - 17 April 2009 crop.JPG
Leader Bill Davis Stuart Smith Stephen Lewis
Party Progressive Conservative Liberal New Democratic
Leader since February 12, 1971 January 25, 1976 October 4, 1970
Leader's seat Brampton Hamilton West Scarborough West
Last election 51 35 38
Seats won 58 34 33
Seat change +7 -1 -5
Percentage 39.7% 31.5% 28.0%
Swing +3.6pp -2.8pp -0.9pp

Premier before election

Bill Davis
Progressive Conservative

Elected Premier

Bill Davis
Progressive Conservative

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The Ontario general election of 1977 was held on June 9, 1977, to elect the 125 members of the 31st Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Members of Provincial Parliament, or "MPPs") of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

The Progressive Conservative Party, led by Premier Bill Davis, was re-elected for an eleventh consecutive term in office, again with a minority in the legislature. The PCs won an additional seven seats, but were not able to win a majority.

The Liberal Party, led by Dr. Stuart Smith, lost one seat compared to its result in the previous election, but formed the official opposition because the NDP lost more seats.

The New Democratic Party, led by Stephen Lewis, lost five seats, and therefore lost the position of "official opposition" to the Liberals.

Sheila Copps, future federal cabinet minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, made make her political debut in this election finishing second in the riding of Hamilton Centre.

This was the first election in which Jim Bradley, the longest-serving current MPP in Ontario, was elected.

Results[edit]

  Party Leader 1975 Elected % change Popular vote
 % change
     Progressive Conservative Bill Davis 51 58 +13.7% 39.7% +3.6%
     Liberal Stuart Smith 361 34 -2.9% 31.5% -2.8%
     New Democratic Stephen Lewis 38 33 -13.2% 28.0% -0.9%
Communist William Stewart - - - 0.2% -
     Libertarian Paul Mollon - - - - -
     Other - - - 0.8% +0.1%
Total Seats 125 125 - 100%  

1 Includes T. Patrick Reid, a Liberal MPP who is re-elected in 1977 as a Liberal-Labour candidate (he had previously been elected as Liberal-Labour in 1967 but was re-elected in 1971 and 1975 as a straight Liberal).

A number of unregistered parties also contested this election. The North American Labour Party, consisting of Lyndon Larouche supporters, ran three candidates in Toronto and three elsewhere in the province. The Revolutionary Marxist Group and League for Socialist Action fielded one candidate apiece; soon after the election, both groups merged into the Revolutionary Workers League.

Some members of the Social Credit Party also ran in the election, although it is not clear if they were formally endorsed by the party.

Constituency results[edit]

Algoma:

Algoma—Manitoulin:

Armourdale:

Beaches—Woodbine:

Bellwoods:

Brampton:

  • (x)Bill Davis (PC) 19641
  • John Deamer (NDP) 9897
  • Robert Callahan (L) 7948
  • John MacLennan (Comm) 216
  • Therese Faubert (Ind [LSA]) 86
  • Fred Haight (Ind [NALP]) 44

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:

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
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jim Bradley 12,392 38.89
Progressive Conservative Eleanor Lancaster 11,669 36.62
New Democratic Fred Dickson 7,556 23.71
Communist Eric Blair 247 0.78
Total valid votes 31,864 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 213
Turnout 32,077 60.91

St. David:

St. George:

Sarnia:

Sault Ste. Marie:

Scarborough Centre:

Scarborough East:

Scarborough—Ellesmere:

Scarborough North:

Scarborough West:

Simcoe Centre:

Simcoe East:

Stormont—Dundas and Glengarry:

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[edit]