Margaret Harrington

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Margaret Harrington
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Vince Kerrio
Succeeded by Bart Maves
Constituency Niagara Falls
Personal details
Born (1945-10-04) October 4, 1945 (age 72)
Warwick, England
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Dick Harrington
Children 2
Residence Niagara Falls, Ontario
Occupation Teacher
Portfolio Deputy Speaker (1993-1995)

Margaret Helen Harrington (born October 4, 1945) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 1995.


Harrington was educated at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. She worked as a secondary school teacher in Niagara Falls after her graduation, and served on the Niagara Falls city council.[1] In 1988, she was named Niagara Falls Woman of the Year. Her husband, Dick Harrington, ran for the federal and provincial New Democratic Party on three occasions. She and her husband had two children, Kevin and Jennifer.[2]


Harrington ran for the Ontario legislature in the 1987 provincial election, and finished second against Liberal Vince Kerrio in the riding of Niagara Falls. She lost by 5,724 votes.[3] Three years later, in the 1990 provincial election, she defeated Liberal candidate Wayne Campbell by almost 6,000 votes in the same riding.[4] The NDP won a majority government and Harrington was appointed as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Housing from 1990 to 1993. She was then appointed as a Deputy Speaker.

Shortly after the election, Harrington was accused of improprieties on voting day. She admitted to improperly adding two names to the voter's list. She claimed that she was mistaken about the rules for adding names to the list. Justice Warren Bailie ruled that no further action was required since Harrington won the election by more than two votes.[5]

In 1993 she came out against the government's proposal to build a casino in Niagara Falls[6] but reversed her position a year later when she supported the plan.[7]

The NDP were defeated in the 1995 provincial election, and Harrington finished third against Progressive Conservative Bart Maves in her bid for re-election.[8]

When Bob Rae stepped down as party leader she supported Tony Silipo for leader of the party.[9]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 1990: Niagara Falls
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Margaret Harrington 13,884 46.24
Liberal Wayne Campbell 7,979 26.67
Progressive Conservative Norm Puttick 3,869 12.93
Confederation of Regions Ted Wiwchar 3,141 10.50
Family Coalition Art Klassen 674 2.25
Green Donald MacDonald-Ross 365 1.22
Total valid votes 29,912 100.00
Ontario general election, 1995: Niagara Falls
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Bart Maves 12,132 43.33 +30.4 $37,908.69
Liberal Marg Germano 8,289 29.60 +2.93 $40,823.66
New Democratic Margaret Harrington 7,034 25.12 −21.12 $15,733.37
Natural Law Bill Amos 355 1.27   $0.00
Independent Melania Gural 189 0.68   not listed
Total valid votes 27,999 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 388 1.37
Turnout 28,387 59.48
Electors on the lists 47,729


  1. ^ Patrias, Carmela (2012). Union power : solidarity and struggle in Niagara. Edmonton: AU Press. p. 175. 
  2. ^ "Dick Harrington: City council Q&A". Chilliwack Times. 3 November 2011. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. 11 September 1987. p. F2. 
  4. ^ "Ontario Votes 2007". Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "MPP admits breaking rules in election". Toronto Star. 16 November 1990. p. A17. 
  6. ^ Walkom, Thomas (25 January 1993). "NDP prepares to whip dissidents back into party line". The Toronto Star. p. A13. 
  7. ^ Walkom, Thomas (24 March 1994). "It looks like another Vegas night at Queen's Park". The Toronto Star. p. A27. 
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Archived from the original on March 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  9. ^ Nolan, Dan (3 April 1996). "NDP leadership race remains wide open: Four candidates similar, but different". The Hamilton Spectator. p. B2. 

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