|Preceded by||Vince Kerrio|
|Succeeded by||Bart Maves|
October 4, 1945 |
|Political party||New Democrat|
|Residence||Niagara Falls, Ontario|
|Portfolio||Deputy Speaker (1993-1995)|
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. 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.
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. Three years later, in the 1990 provincial election, she defeated Liberal candidate Wayne Campbell by almost 6,000 votes in the same riding. 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.
|Ontario general election, 1990: Niagara Falls|
|New Democratic||Margaret Harrington||13,884||46.24|
|Progressive Conservative||Norm Puttick||3,869||12.93|
|Confederation of Regions||Ted Wiwchar||3,141||10.50|
|Family Coalition||Art Klassen||674||2.25|
|Total valid votes||29,912||100.00|
|Ontario general election, 1995: Niagara Falls|
|Progressive Conservative||Bart Maves||12,132||43.33||+30.4||$37,908.69|
|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|
|Electors on the lists||47,729|
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