Margery Ward

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Margery Ward
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byMurad Velshi
Succeeded byDavid Johnson
ConstituencyDon Mills
Personal details
Born(1942-07-18)July 18, 1942
Bass River, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedJanuary 22, 1993(1993-01-22) (aged 50)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyNew Democrat
OccupationComputer systems designer

Margery Ward (July 18, 1942 - January 22, 1993) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. She served as a New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 until her death in 1993.


Ward grew up in Bass River, New Brunswick. She came from a family of eight children, six girls and two boys. She left there as a teenager after dropping out of high school and moved to Toronto. She worked as a grocery store clerk for twenty years. During this time she completed her high school diploma at night school. She attended York University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science. She went to work at Manufacturer's Life Insurance Company as a data processing manager and as a computer systems designer. She was active in the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, eventually becoming secretary of the Toronto local.[1][2]


Ward ran in the 1987 provincial election in the riding of Don Mills. She placed third behind winner Liberal Murad Velshi tallying 6,3681 votes, about 24% of the votes cast.[3] She tried again in the 1990 provincial election and this time was elected over Velshi by 746 votes.[4] Ward attributed her win to her opposition to the rent control system as 60% of the voters in the riding were tenants. She said, "The current legislation provides no protection whatsoever for the tenants."[5]

She was appointed parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Government Services on October 1, 1990 and held this position until her death from cancer in early 1993.[6]

York University now offers a Margery Ward Memorial Bursary in Political Science.[7]

Electoral results[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987: Don Mills
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Murad Velshi 10,573 39.9
Conservative David Lindsay 8,666 32.7
New Democratic Margery Ward 6,368 24.0
Independent David Smith 588 2.2
Freedom David Pengally 330 1.2
Total 26,525
Source: "How Metro-Area Voted". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1987-09-11. p. A12.
Ontario general election, 1990: Don Mills
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Margery Ward 9,740 34.2
Liberal Murad Velshi 8,994 31.6
Conservative Nola Crewe 7,385 25.9
Libertarian David Miller 744 2.6
Green Katherine Mathewson 624 2.2
Independent Colin McKay 562 2.0
Freedom David Pengally 413 1.5
Source: "How Metro-Area Voted". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1990-09-07. p. A10.


  1. ^ Hall, Joseph (September 27, 1990). "Computer addict's social conscience leads to Legislature". Toronto Star. p. A8.
  2. ^ "Margery Ward was socialist, MPP for Don Mills". Toronto Star. January 23, 1993. p. A8.
  3. ^ "How Metro-Area Voted". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. September 11, 1987. p. A12.
  4. ^ "How Metro-Area Voted". The Toronto Daily Star. September 7, 1990. p. A10.
  5. ^ Mahood, Casey (September 7, 1990). "Don Mills NDP winner is a surprise in former Tory stronghold". Toronto Star. p. A13.
  6. ^ "Margery Ward was socialist, MPP for Don Mills". Toronto Star. January 23, 1993. p. A8.
  7. ^ "Awards and Scholarships". York University: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Retrieved March 15, 2014.

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