2nd Parliament of Ontario
The 2nd Parliament of Ontario was in session from March 21, 1871 until December 23, 1874, just prior to the 1875 general election. The majority party was the Ontario Liberal Party led by Edward Blake; Oliver Mowat replaced Blake as premier in October 1872. An act was passed in 1872 which prohibited a member from holding a seat in the Legislative Assembly while holding a seat in the Dominion Parliament, a so-called "dual mandate". There were 88 members in the 2nd legislature.
Richard William Scott served as speaker for the assembly until he was named to cabinet on December 21, 1871. James George Currie succeeded Scott as speaker, serving until his resignation on March 29, 1873. Rupert Mearse Wells then succeeded Currie as speaker.
- Member resigned seat to keep a seat in the federal parliament
- John Sandfield Macdonald died in 1872
- Mcneil Clarke died in 1872
- Robert Gibbons resigned his seat in 1872 to accept an appointment as sheriff
- Daniel Galbraith resigned his seat in 1872 to run federally
- Herbert Stone Macdonald resigned in 1873 to accept an appointment as judge
- Richard William Scott resigned in 1873 to accept federal cabinet post
- George Perry gave up his seat in 1872 to allow Oliver Mowat a seat in the legislature
- John Coyne died in 1873
- Andrew Monteith was elected to the federal parliament in 1874
- Thomas McCulloch Fairbairn died in 1874
- James Simeon McCuaig resigned his seat in 1872 to run for a federal seat
- Thomas Roberts Ferguson resigned his seat in 1873 due to health problems
- William Colquhoun's election was appealed
- Robert McKim resigned to compete (unsuccessfully) in the 1874 federal election
- "Speakers of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario". Legislative Assembly of Ontario.