Ontario general election, 1987

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Ontario general election, 1987
Ontario
1985 ←
September 10, 1987
→ 1990

130 seats in the 34th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
66 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  David Peterson (2005).jpg Bob Rae.jpg PC
Leader David Peterson Bob Rae Larry Grossman
Party Liberal New Democratic Progressive Conservative
Leader since February 21, 1982 February 7, 1982 November 16, 1985
Leader's seat London Centre York South St. Andrew—St. Patrick (lost re-election)
Last election 48 25 52
Seats won 95 19 16
Seat change +47 -6 -36
Popular vote 1,788,214 970,813 931,476
Percentage 47.3% 25.7% 24.7%
Swing +9.4pp +1.9pp -12.3pp

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Map of the 1987 election, showing the ridings and their popular vote

Premier before election

David Peterson
Liberal

Elected Premier

David Peterson
Liberal

The Ontario general election of 1987 was held on September 10, 1987, to elect members of the 34th Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

The governing Ontario Liberal Party, led by David Peterson, was returned to power with their first majority government in half a century, and the second-largest majority government in the province's history. Peterson had successfully managed to govern with a minority in the Legislature by obtaining the co-operation of the Ontario New Democratic Party, led by Bob Rae. It was through the NDP's support that Peterson was able to form a government, even though the Progressive Conservative Party had won a slightly larger number of seats in the previous election.

The PC Party, led by Larry Grossman, campaigned on a platform of tax cuts to stimulate the economy. Its support continued to slide, however, as voters decided that they liked the change that the Liberal-NDP arrangement brought and Grossman even lost his own seat. The NDP was unable to convince voters that it should be given credit for the success of the Liberal government that it had supported. Despite losing six seats, it became Official Opposition for the second time ever. The PCs fell to 16 seats and third place in the legislature, their worst showing in an election in half a century.

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Results[edit]

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Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1985 Elected % Change # % % Change
     Liberal David Peterson   48 95 +97.9% 1,788,214 47.3% +9.4%
     New Democratic Bob Rae   25 19 -24.0% 970,813 25.7% +1.9%
     Progressive Conservative Larry Grossman   52 16 -69.2% 931,476 24.7% -12.3%
Family Coalition Donald Pennell 36 - - - 48,110 1.3% +1.3%
     Libertarian Kaye Sargent   - - - 13,514 0.4% -
Freedom Robert Metz - - - - 4,735 0.1% -
     Communist Gordon Massie - - - - 3,422 0.1% -
Green   - - - - 3,398 0.1% -
     Independent - - - - 13,632 0.4% -0.3%
Total   125 130 4.0% 3,777,311 100% -

Riding results[edit]

Algoma[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Bud Wildman 8,562 60.90
Liberal Bryan McDougall 4,295 30.55
Progressive Conservative Denise Chenier 1,202 8.55

Algoma—Manitoulin[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Mike Brown 7,157 46.05
New Democratic Ron Boucher 4,385 28.22
Progressive Conservative Ben Wilson 3,999 25.73

Beaches—Woodbine[edit]

  • (x)Marion Bryden (NDP) 19948
  • Patricia Herdman (L) 8519
  • John Beveridge (PC) 3022
  • Steve Thistle (Lbt) 533

Brampton North[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Carman McClelland 14,298 50.82
Progressive Conservative Jo-Anne Robertson 7,170 25.48
New Democratic John Deamer 6,667 23.70

Brampton South[edit]

  • (x)Bob Callahan (L) 17913
  • Frank Russell (PC) 6772
  • Paul Ledgister (NDP) 5786
  • Don Best (FCP) 2946
  • Jim Bridgewood (Comm) 268
  • Garnet Brace (Lbt) 225
  • Malcolm Cook 158

Brantford[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dave Neumann 14,919 41.17
New Democratic Jack Tubman 12,212 33.70
Progressive Conservative Phil Gillies 9,104 25.13

Brant—Haldimand[edit]

  • (x)Robert Nixon (L) 14981
  • Tracy Macdonnell (NDP) 4992
  • Ann Wilson (PC) 4578
  • George Molson Barrett 693

Bruce[edit]

  • (x)Murray Elston (L) 17227
  • Mike Snobelen (PC) 5145
  • Norma Peterson (NDP) 3986
  • Adrian Keet (FCP) 2006

Burlington South[edit]

  • (x)Cam Jackson (PC) 12968
  • Bill Priestner (L) 12363
  • Judy Worsley (NDP) 4694
  • Don Pennell (FCP) 1125
  • Dan Riga (Lbt) 228

Cambridge[edit]

Carleton[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Norm Sterling 14,057
Liberal Roly Armitage 13,590
New Democratic Elaine Gibson 4,590

Carleton East[edit]

  • (x)Gilles Morin (L) 20706
  • Joan Gullen (NDP) 6105
  • Roland Saumure (PC) 4572
  • Andre Lafrance (FCP) 926

Chatham—Kent[edit]

  • (x)Maurice Bossy (L) 13370
  • Brian Rice (NDP) 7623
  • Ron Anderson (PC) 6669
  • Marcy Edwards (FCP) 806
  • Don Carnegie 341

Cochrane North[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal René Fontaine 9,436
New Democratic Len Wood 5,675
Progressive Conservative Denis Latulippe 1,203

Cochrane South[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Alan Pope 9,735
Liberal Conrad Carrière 7,479
New Democratic Gilles Renaud 6,010

Cornwall[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Cleary 10,653
Progressive Conservative Luc Guindon 9,067
New Democratic Bob Roth 6,756

Don Mills[edit]

Dovercourt[edit]

Downsview[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Laureano Leone 11,832
New Democratic Maria Augimeri 11,658
Progressive Conservative Drew McCreadie 1,788

Dufferin—Peel[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Mavis Wilson 14,231
Progressive Conservative Charlie Byran 8,393
New Democratic Sandra Crane 4,195

Durham Centre[edit]

  • Allan Furlong (L) 12885
  • Sarah Kelly (NDP) 9881
  • Stephanie Ball (PC) 8790
  • Harold Tauscah (G) 378

Durham East[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Sam Cureatz 11,301
Liberal Diane Hamre 9,866
New Democratic Marg Wilbur 6,805

Durham West[edit]

Durham—York[edit]

Eglinton[edit]

Elgin[edit]

Essex—Kent[edit]

Essex South[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Remo Mancini 15,292
New Democratic Marv Ewing 7,312
Progressive Conservative Scott Cowan 3,339

Etobicoke—Humber[edit]

  • (x)Jim Henderson (L) 21644
  • Avie Flaherty (PC) 8062
  • Peter Sutherland (NDP) 4511
  • George Hartwell (FCP) 1237

Etobicoke—Lakeshore[edit]

  • (x)Ruth Grier (NDP) 14821
  • Frank Sgarlata (L) 12454
  • Al Kolyn (PC) 4760
  • Michael Doyle (FCP) 1203

Etobicoke—Rexdale[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Ed Philip 13,892
Liberal Jean Bickley 9,677
Progressive Conservative Aileen Anderson 3,127

Etobicoke West[edit]

Fort William[edit]

Fort York[edit]

  • Bob Wong (L) 9593
  • Joe Pantalone (NDP) 9456
  • Tom Pang (PC) 2084
  • Paul “No Government” Barker (Lbt) 427
  • Andrew Scorer (G) 243
  • Glen Magder (F) 186
  • Bill Whelan 181
  • Ronald Rodgers (Ind [Communist Party of North America]) 154

Frontenac—Addington[edit]

  • (x)Larry South (L) 11628
  • Bob Lucas (PC) 7407
  • Lars Thompson (NDP) 4996
  • Ross Baker 667

Grey—Owen Sound[edit]

Guelph[edit]

Halton Centre[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Barbara Sullivan 15,833
Progressive Conservative Barry Quinn 9,539
New Democratic Richard Banigan 4,487

Halton North[edit]

  • Walt Elliot (L) 11644
  • Dave Whiting (PC) 6920
  • Fern Wolf (NDP) 5796

Hamilton Centre[edit]

  • (x)Lily Oddie Munro (L) 13636
  • Brian Hinkley (NDP) 10333
  • Gerald Fruewith (PC) 2600

Hamilton East[edit]

  • (x)Bob Mackenzie (NDP) 16421
  • David Bach (L) 9890
  • Tommy Tarpos (PC) 1915
  • Bob Jaggard (Comm) 673

Hamilton Mountain[edit]

  • (x)Brian Charlton (NDP) 14743
  • Jane Milanetti (L) 13111
  • John Smith (PC) 6580

Hamilton West[edit]

  • (x)Richard Allen (NDP) 13430
  • Mary Kiss (L) 12336
  • Don Ross (PC) 5862

Hastings—Peterborough[edit]

High Park—Swansea[edit]

Huron[edit]

Kenora[edit]

  • Frank Miclash (L) 7943
  • Doug Miranda (NDP) 6845
  • Mark Duggan (PC) 4824

Kingston and the Islands[edit]

Kitchener[edit]

  • (x)David Cooke (L) 15373
  • Sue Coulter (NDP) 8379
  • Barbara Fraser (PC) 4226
  • John Meenan (FCP) 1100
  • Ed Halbach (Ind [Humanist]) 290

Kitchener—Wilmot[edit]

Lake Nipigon[edit]

  • (x)Gilles Pouliot (NDP) 8446
  • Herman Mannila (L) 3606
  • Vic Fournel (PC) 1129

Lambton[edit]

  • (x)David Smith (L) 11385
  • Bill Steadman (PC) 8826
  • Grant Reynolds (NDP) 2914
  • Peter Westfall (FCP) 2399

Lanark—Renfrew[edit]

Lawrence[edit]

  • (x)Joseph Cordiano (L) 15332
  • Evelyn Nurialdo (NDP) 8201
  • David Perry (PC) 5379

Leeds—Grenville[edit]

Lincoln[edit]

London Centre[edit]

London North[edit]

  • (x)Ron Van Horne (L) 22452
  • Diane Whiteside (NDP) 7961
  • Lucky Clark (PC) 7177
  • Elvin Mizzau (FCP) 611
  • Barry Malcolm (F) 537

London South[edit]

Markham[edit]

Middlesex[edit]

  • (x)Doug Reycraft (L) 17600
  • Renie Long (PC) 7689
  • Michael Wyatt (NDP) 5720
  • Bill Giesen (FCP) 2664
  • Marc Emery (F) 499

Mississauga East[edit]

Mississauga North[edit]

  • (x)Steve Offer (L) 14604
  • John Moszynski (NDP) 6153
  • Gabe Spoletine (PC) 5309

Mississauga South[edit]

  • (x)Margaret Marland (PC) 13854
  • Claudette Mackay-Lassonde (L) 13255
  • Barry Stevens (Ontario politician)|Barry Stevens (NDP) 4976
  • Chris Balabanian (F) 712

Mississauga West[edit]

  • Steve Mahoney (L) 23482
  • Darwin Kealey (PC) 9138
  • Paul Simon (NDP) 6280

Muskoka—Georgian Bay[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987: Muskoka–Georgian Bay
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Ken Black 12,645 43.45
     Progressive Conservative George Beatty 9,396 32.39
     New Democratic Party Dan Waters 7,059 24.26
Total valid votes 29,100 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 320
Turnout 29,420 65.17
Electors on the lists 45,146

Nepean[edit]

Niagara Falls[edit]

Niagara South[edit]

  • (x)Ray Haggerty (L) 11740
  • Doug Martin (PC) 4645
  • Camilla Gyorffy (NDP) 4396

Nickel Belt[edit]

  • (x)Floyd Laughren (NDP) 9849
  • Leo Pevato (L) 3863
  • Evelyn Dutrisac (PC) 3208

Nipissing[edit]

  • (x)Mike Harris (PC) 15744
  • Marthe Smith (L) 11690
  • Sandra Clifford (NDP) 2961
  • Brendan Purtill (FCP) 672

Norfolk[edit]

Northumberland[edit]

Oakville South[edit]

Oakwood[edit]

Oriole[edit]

Oshawa[edit]

  • (x)Mike Breaugh (NDP) 12957
  • Cathy O'Flynn (L) 10041
  • Frank Snyder (PC) 4076
  • James Delaney (FCP) 1184

Ottawa Centre[edit]

Ottawa East[edit]

Ottawa—Rideau[edit]

  • Yvonne O'Neill (L) 14179
  • Pam Forward (PC) 8068
  • Bea Murray (NDP) 6000

Ottawa South[edit]

Ottawa West[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Bob Chiarelli 16,343
Progressive Conservative Derek Insley 9,951
New Democratic Paul Weinzweig 4,403
Family Coalition Lynn McPherson 1,689

Oxford[edit]

Parkdale[edit]

  • (x)Tony Ruprecht (L) 13430
  • Vasco Dos Santos (NDP) 3961
  • Charles Olito (PC) 798
  • Carla Marmelo (FCP) 389
  • Danny Hunt (Lbt) 283
  • Gordon Massie (Comm) 184
  • Camilo Tiqui 176
  • Nancy Van Schouwen (Ind [Humanist]) 113

Parry Sound[edit]

  • (x)Ernie Eves (PC) 11332
  • Rollie Boissonneault (L) 6935
  • Bill Pabst (NDP) 2231
  • Warren Edgar (FCP) 647

Perth[edit]

  • (x)Hugh Edighoffer (L) 18037
  • Warren Ham (NDP) 6080
  • Ron Christie (PC) 5357

Peterborough[edit]

  • Peter Adams (L) 15098
  • Linda Slavin (NDP) 10641
  • Doris Brick (PC) 8480
  • Alex Calder (FCP) 3057
  • John Conlin (Lbt) 344

Port Arthur[edit]

  • Taras Kozyra (L) 13747
  • Chris Southcott (NDP) 11828
  • Evelyn Dodds (PC) 4419

Prescott and Russell[edit]

  • (x)Jean Poirier (L) 26811
  • Yves Deschamps (NDP) 4460
  • Roland Demers (PC) 4100

Prince Edward—Lennox[edit]

Quinte[edit]

  • (x)Hugh O'Neil (L) 17151
  • Doug Brewer (PC) 6543
  • Gene Morosan (NDP) 3520
  • Allan Bristol (Lbt) 413

Rainy River[edit]

Renfrew North[edit]

Riverdale[edit]

  • (x)David Reville (NDP) 10321
  • Jim Karygiannis (L) 8562
  • Bob Dodd (PC) 3285
  • Debra Bojman (G) 330
  • Byron Garby (Lbt) 292
  • Maggie Bizzell (Comm) 210

St. Andrew—St. Patrick[edit]

St. Catharines[edit]

Party Candidate Votes %
     Liberal (x)Jim Bradley 17,584 63.30
     New Democratic Party Rob West 5,566 20.04
     Progressive Conservative Chuck Bradley 4,258 15.33
     Communist Eric Blair 369 1.33
Total valid votes 27,777 100.00

St. Catharines—Brock[edit]

St. George—St. David[edit]

  • (x)Ian Scott (L) 15051
  • (x)Susan Fish (PC) 7996
  • John Campey (NDP) 5658
  • Michael Beech (Lbt) 721

Sarnia[edit]

  • (x)Andy Brandt (PC) 12964
  • Joan Link-Mellon (L) 10303
  • Catherine Giles (NDP) 4552
  • Terry Burrell (FCP) 1475
  • Margaret Coe (Lbt) 559

Sault Ste. Marie[edit]

Scarborough—Agincourt[edit]

  • Gerry Phillips (L) 19101
  • David Kho (NDP) 7021
  • Adrienne Johnson (PC) 6284
  • Barry Coyne (Lbt) 794

Scarborough Centre[edit]

  • Cindy Nicholas (L) 11921
  • Menno Vorster (NDP) 8525
  • (x)Bill Davis (PC) 7217
  • Chris Douros (FCP) 827
  • Martin Weatherall 550

Scarborough East[edit]

  • (x)Ed Fulton (L) 16944
  • Mary Cook (NDP) 7048
  • Russ Bastow (PC) 5390
  • Jim McIntosh (Lbt) 869
  • Greg Knittl (G) 337

Scarborough—Ellesmere[edit]

Scarborough North[edit]

  • (x)Alvin Curling (L) 20021
  • Peter Lam (PC) 5861
  • Nick Summers (NDP) 4509
  • Louis Di Rocco (FCP) 1371

Scarborough West[edit]

Simcoe Centre[edit]

Simcoe East[edit]

  • (x)Al McLean (PC) 12543
  • Butch Orser (L) 11737
  • Fayne Bullen (NDP) 9699

Simcoe West[edit]

  • (x)George McCague (PC) 11678
  • Gary Johnson (L) 11372
  • Noel St-Laurent (NDP) 4788

Stormont—Dundas—Glengarry & East Grenville[edit]

  • (x)Noble Villeneuve (PC) 10771
  • Gerry Rosenquist (L) 10164
  • Gordon McGregor 4784
  • Arthur Carkner (NDP) 2345

Sudbury[edit]

Sudbury East[edit]

  • Shelley Martel (NDP) 15179
  • Claude Mayer (L) 9540
  • Gary Peck (PC) 2890

Timiskaming[edit]

Victoria—Haliburton[edit]

  • (x)John Eakins (L) 16287
  • Arthur Ward (PC) 5856
  • Ivan Moore (NDP) 4251
  • Diane Roblin-Lee (FCP) 2403

Waterloo North[edit]

Welland—Thorold[edit]

  • (x)Mel Swart (NDP) 17490
  • Mark Larose (L) 9855
  • Giulio Roca (PC) 2167
  • Angela Braun (FCP) 706

Wellington[edit]

  • (x)Jack Johnson (PC) 10797
  • Bill Benson (L) 10334
  • Burna Wilton (NDP) 5159

Wentworth East[edit]

  • Shirley Collins (L) 16153
  • Sharon Lehnert (NDP) 8676
  • Barbara Vance (PC) 5577
  • Ann Stasiuk 475

Wentworth North[edit]

  • (x)Chris Ward (L) 16150
  • Gary Tilley (PC) 7107
  • Lynn Spencer (NDP) 6641

Willowdale[edit]

Wilson Heights[edit]

  • (x)Monte Kwinter (L) 17007
  • Jennifer Paton (NDP) 6697
  • David Farb (PC) 5879

Windsor—Riverside[edit]

Windsor—Sandwich[edit]

Windsor—Walkerville[edit]

York Centre[edit]

  • (x)Greg Sorbara (L) 27096
  • Doug Mason (PC) 8605
  • Joe Licastro (NDP) 7692

York East[edit]

  • (x)Christine Hart (L) 15683
  • Peter Oyler (PC) 7352
  • Sophia Apostolides (NDP) 7056
  • Chris Frazer (Comm) 527

York Mills[edit]

York—Mackenzie[edit]

  • Charles Beer (L) 14177
  • John Cole (PC) 8992
  • Susan Wakeling (NDP) 6092

York South[edit]

Yorkview[edit]

  • (x)Claudio Polsinelli (L) 11499
  • Sheila Lambrinos (NDP) 6148
  • Tony Marzilli (Ind [Trudeau Liberal]) 2507
  • Fareed Khan (PC) 1037
  • Russ Jackman (Lbt) 674

Byelections after 1987[edit]

Dianne Cunningham (PC) 13858
Elaine Pensa (L) 10356
Diane Whiteside (NDP) 6799
Brenda Rowe (FCP) 1419
Barry Malcolm (F) 548
John Turmel 115
Peter Kormos (NDP) 13933
Mike Lottridge (L) 9819
Brian O'Brine (PC) 4574
Barry Fitzgerald (F) 260
John Turmel 187

Dalton McGuinty, Sr., MPP for Ottawa South, died on March 16, 1990. No byelection was held; the seat was vacant until the 1990 election in September.

See also[edit]