London Centre

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London Centre
Ontario electoral district
Defunct provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Ontario
District created 1975
District abolished 1996
First contested 1975
Last contested 1995

London Centre is a defunct Ontario provincial electoral district that was abolished in 1996. Its most notable representative was former Liberal Premier David Peterson, and was located in London, Ontario.

Boundaries[edit]

Just prior to the 1975 election, the riding of London Centre was created. It consisted of the following boundary: commencing at the intersection of the Thames River and Highbury Avenue it went north along Highbury Avenue to Huron Street, west to Adelaide Street and then north to the North Thames River. It then went southwest following the river to Wharncliffe Road North and then south to Essex Street, then west to Platts Lane and south to Oxford Street. It then went east to Woodward Avenue and south to Mount Pleasant Avenue and then west to the Canadian National Railway line. It followed the railway southeast to the Thames River and then southeast following the river back to Highbury Avenue.[1] Minor changes were made in 1986 but essentially the riding still occupied the central part of the city.[2]

In 1996, a major electoral riding redistribution occurred which abolished the riding. Overall 130 seats were reduced to 103 which harmonized the provincial riding boundaries with those of the already existing federal ridings. A large portion of the riding was incorporated into the new riding of London North Centre. The southeast corner of the riding was incorporated into the riding of London—Fanshawe.[3]

Members of Provincial Parliament[edit]

London Centre
Assembly Years Member Party
Created from parts of
London North and London South
before the 1975 election
30th  1975–1977     David Peterson Liberal
31st  1977–1981
32nd  1981–1985
33rd  1985–1987
34th  1987–1990
35th  1990–1995     Marion Boyd New Democratic
36th  1995–1999
Sourced from the Ontario Legislative Assembly[4]
Merged into the ridings of
London North Centre and London—Fanshawe
before the 1999 election

Electoral history[edit]

Ontario general election, 1977
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Peterson 12,808 45.4%
Progressive Conservative Frank Ross 8,915 31.6%
New Democratic Stu Ross 6,279 22.3%
Independent Agnes Shaw 200 0.7%
Ontario general election, 1981
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Peterson 12,315 51.7% +6.3%
Progressive Conservative Russ Monteith 8,329 34.9% +3.3%
New Democratic Diane Risler 3,189 13.4% -8.9%
Ontario general election, 1985
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Peterson 13,890 54.8% +3.1%
Progressive Conservative Bill Rudd 6,714 26.5% -8.4%
New Democratic Peter Cassidy 4,340 17.1% +3.7%
Freedom Michelle McColm 3,137 1.6% +1.6%
Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Peterson 18,194 55.2% +0.4%
New Democratic Marion Boyd 9,266 28.1% +11.0%
Progressive Conservative Dennis McKaig 3,864 11.7% -14.8%
Family Coalition Brenda Rowe 695 2.1% +2.1%
Freedom Lloyd Walker 589 1.8% +0.2%
Independent Stunning Bentley 375 1.1% +1.1%
Ontario general election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ±
New Democratic Marion Boyd 17,837 51.3% +23.2%
Liberal David Peterson 9,671 27.8% -27.4%
Progressive Conservative Mark Handelman 5,348 15.4% +3.7%
Family Coalition John Van Geldersen 982 2.8% +0.7%
Freedom Lloyd Walker 589 1.4% -0.4%
Independent Terry Smart 375 0.8% +0.8%
Communist Issam Mansour 84 0.2% +0.2%
Independent Sidney Tarleton 73 0.2% +0.2%
Ontario general election, 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
New Democratic Marion Boyd 11,096 36.8% -14.5%
Progressive Conservative Patrick McGuinness 9,364 31.0% +15.6%
Liberal Ron Postian 7,559 25.1% -2.7%
Family Coalition Mike Dwyer 1,041 3.5% +0.7%
Green Jeff Culbert 533 1.8% +1.8%
Freedom Lloyd Walker 452 1.5% +0.1%
Natural Law Liz Overall 134 0.4% +0.4%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Representation Act, 1975, SO 1975, c 13". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. March 10, 1975. p. 112. 
  2. ^ "Representation Act, 1986, SO 1986, c 30". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. January 6, 1986. p. 369. 
  3. ^ "C 28: Fewer Politicians Act, 1996". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. December 9, 1996. 
  4. ^ For a listing of each MPP's Queen's Park curriculum vitae see below:
    • For David Peterson's Legislative Assembly information see "David Peterson, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2017. 
    • For Marion Boyd's Legislative Assembly information see "Marion Boyd, MPP". Parliamentary History. Toronto: Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 2017.