Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) candidates, 1985 Ontario provincial election

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The Communist Party of Canada - Ontario fielded a number of candidates in the 1985 provincial election, none of whom were elected. Information about these candidates may be found here.

Mike Sterling (Oakwood)[edit]

Sterling was involved with the Committee for Racial Equality in the early 1980s.[1] He was thirty-three years old during the 1985 election, and was an unemployed social worker. He received 327 votes (1.31%), finishing fourth against New Democratic Party incumbent Tony Grande.[2]

Edward McDonald (York East)[edit]

McDonald moved to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland in 1951. He was an industrial worker for Canada Westinghouse, served as national representative for the United Electrical Workers Union, and began working full-time for the Communist Party in 1972.[3] He was a perennial candidate for the party at the provincial and federal levels. McDonald worked to strengthen Canada's anti-racism laws in the 1970s, and was secretary of Toronto's United May Day Committee in the 1980s.[4] He was fifty-four years old during the 1981 election.

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1972 federal Windsor—Walkerville N/A (Communist) 317 4/4 Mark MacGuigan, Liberal
1974 federal Sudbury Communist 210 4/4 Jim Jerome, Liberal
1975 provincial Riverdale Communist 288 4/7 Jim Renwick, New Democratic Party
1979 federal Hamilton West Communist 161 4/5 Lincoln Alexander, Progressive Conservative
1980 federal Broadview—Greenwood Communist 164 0.51 6/9 Bob Rae, New Democratic Party
1981 provincial York East Communist 628 4/5 Robert Elgie, Progressive Conservative
1985 provincial York East Communist 929 4/5 Robert Elgie, Progressive Conservative


  1. ^ Community Calendar, Globe and Mail, 29 August 1983, A13.
  2. ^ "Ontario Votes: The Choice for Metro", Toronto Star, 30 April 1985, A8.
  3. ^ "Riverdale", Toronto Star, 12 September 1975, A9; "York East", Toronto Star, 16 March 1981, A13.
  4. ^ Rosemarie Boyle, "Only 8 speak to Metro committee at first meeting on racism proposals", Globe and Mail, 31 March 1978, P5; Leslie Scrivener, "May Day marchers bar Solidarity group", Toronto Star, 2 May 1983, A11.