40th Parliament of Ontario
|40th Parliament of Ontario|
|2011 – 2014|
|Premier||Hon. Dalton McGuinty
October 23, 2003 - February 11, 2013
|Hon. Kathleen Wynne
February 11, 2013 - present
|Leader of the
July 1, 2009 - July 2, 2014
|Opposition||Progressive Conservative Party|
|Third party||New Democratic Party|
|Speaker of the
|Hon. Dave Levac
November 21, 2011 - 2014
|Hon. John Milloy
October 20, 2011 - June 12, 2014
October 20, 2011 - July 2, 2014
|Members||107 MPP seats|
6 February 1952 – present
November 21, 2011 – October 15, 2012
February 11, 2013 – May 2, 2014
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It was controlled by a Liberal Party minority. The government was led by Premier Dalton McGuinty until his resignation resulted in the 2013 leadership election, which selected Kathleen Wynne as his successor. Wynne is the first woman ever to serve as Premier of Ontario.
On May 2, 2014, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne announced that she had formally requested that Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley dissolve the 40th Legislative Assembly of Ontario and call a provincial general election to occur on June 12, 2014.
Timeline of the 40th Parliament of Ontario
- November 21, 2011 – Dave Levac (Liberal, Brant) is elected Speaker on the second ballot defeating three other candidates.
- November 22, 2011 – Speech from the Throne is delivered.
- March 29, 2012: Finance Minister Dwight Duncan delivers the provincial budget.
- April 23, 2012: After negotiations between the Liberals and the NDP, the minority government agrees to amend the budget by adding $242 million to child care funding, $20 million for northern and rural hospitals, increase welfare and disability benefits by 1 per cent at a cost of $55 million, and add a 2% surtax on the portion of individual income that exceeds $500,000 a year.
- April 24, 2012: Budget approved 52-37 with NDP MPPs abstaining.
- April 27, 2012: Progressive Conservative MPP Elizabeth Witmer (Kitchener—Waterloo) resigns her seat upon accepting a government appointment as chair of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board. The vacancy results in the government and Opposition being tied in seats, however, as Speaker David Levac is a Liberal, the Opposition continues to have a one-seat advantage. A Liberal victory in this pending by-election and in the pending Vaughan by-election would give it a majority in the legislature.
- August 1, 2012: Liberal MPP Greg Sorbara (Vaughan) resigns his seat.
- September 6, 2012: By-elections held in the ridings of Kitchener—Waterloo and Vaughan. Catherine Fife (NDP) elected as MPP for Kitchener—Waterloo. Steven Del Duca (Liberal) elected as MPP for Vaughan. The NDP gains one seat in the Ontario Legislature while the Liberals retain their 53-seat minority.
- October 15, 2012: Premier McGuinty prorogues the legislature and announces his resignation as Liberal Party leader pending a leadership convention.
- February 11, 2013: Kathleen Wynne is sworn in as Premier, and a new cabinet in sworn in.
- February 14, 2013: Chris Bentley and Dwight Duncan, Liberal MPPs for London West and Windsor—Tecumseh, resign.
- June 11, 2013: Passage of the Wynne government's first budget, with the support of the NDP; legislature recesses for the summer.
- June 12, 2013: Former Premier Dalton McGuinty resigns his Ottawa South seat.
- June 27, 2013: Liberal MPP Margarett Best (Scarborough—Guildwood) resigns her seat.
- July 2, 2013: Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Laurel Broten (Etobicoke—Lakeshore) resigns from Cabinet and her seat.
- August 1, 2013: Five by-elections held to replace retiring Liberals. Results were two Liberals, two NDP, one Conservative.
- September 24, 2013: Kim Craitor, Liberal MPP for Niagara Falls, resigns his seat.
- December 31, 2013: Peter Shurman, Progressive Conservative MPP for Thornhill, resigns his seat.
- February 13, 2014: Two by-elections held to replace vacant Niagara Falls and Thornhill seats. Result is a Progressive Conservative hold in Thornhill and an NDP gain in Niagara Falls.
- March 25, 2014: Resignation of cabinet member Linda Jeffrey to run for mayor of Brampton causes a cabinet shuffle.
- May 2, 2014: The 40th Parliament of Ontario was dissolved as Wynne calls an election, to be held June 12, 2014.
List of members
|Number of members
per party by date
|Oct 6||Apr 27||Aug 1||Sep 6||Feb 14||Jun 12||Jun 28||Jul 2||Aug 1||Sep 24||Dec 31||Feb 13||Mar 25|
|Membership changes in the 40th Assembly|
|April 27, 2012||Elizabeth Witmer||Kitchener—Waterloo||Progressive Conservative||Resigned to accept a government appointment as chair of the WSIB.|
|August 1, 2012||Greg Sorbara||Vaughan||Liberal||Resigned|
|September 6, 2012||Steven Del Duca||Vaughan||Liberal||Elected in by-election|
|September 6, 2012||Catherine Fife||Kitchener—Waterloo||New Democrat||Elected in by-election|
|February 14, 2013||Chris Bentley||London West||Liberal||Resigned|
|February 14, 2013||Dwight Duncan||Windsor—Tecumseh||Liberal||Resigned|
|June 12, 2013||Dalton McGuinty||Ottawa South||Liberal||Resigned|
|June 28, 2013||Margarett Best||Scarborough—Guildwood||Liberal||Resigned|
|July 2, 2013||Laurel Broten||Etobicoke—Lakeshore||Liberal||Resigned|
|August 1, 2013||John Fraser||Ottawa South||Liberal||Elected in by-election|
|August 1, 2013||Percy Hatfield||Windsor—Tecumseh||New Democrat||Elected in by-election|
|August 1, 2013||Doug Holyday||Etobicoke—Lakeshore||Progressive Conservative||Elected in by-election|
|August 1, 2013||Mitzie Hunter||Scarborough—Guildwood||Liberal||Elected in by-election|
|August 1, 2013||Peggy Sattler||London West||New Democrat||Elected in by-election|
|September 24, 2013||Kim Craitor||Niagara Falls||Liberal||Resigned|
|December 31, 2013||Peter Shurman||Thornhill||Progressive Conservative||Resigned|
|February 13, 2014||Wayne Gates||Niagara Falls||New Democrat||Elected in by-election|
|February 13, 2014||Gila Martow||Thornhill||Progressive Conservative||Elected in by-election|
|March 25, 2014||Linda Jeffrey||Brampton—Springdale||Liberal||Resigned to run for mayor office in Brampton|
There were two sessions of the 40th Legislature.
|1st||November 22, 2011||October 15, 2012|
|2nd||February 19, 2013||May 2, 2014|