Ontario general election, 1871

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Ontario general election, 1871

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82 seats in the 2nd Legislative Assembly of Ontario
42 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Edward Blake.jpg John S Macdonald-crop.jpg
Leader Edward Blake John Sandfield Macdonald
Party Liberal Conservative
Leader's seat Bruce South Cornwall
Last election 41 41
Seats won 43 38
Seat change Increase2 Decrease3

Premier before election

John Sandfield Macdonald


Edward Blake

The Ontario general election of 1871 was the second general election held in the Province of Ontario, Canada. It was held on March 21, 1871, to elect the 82 Members of the 2nd Legislative Assembly of Ontario ("MLAs").

The Ontario Liberal Party, led by Edward Blake, won a slim majority of the seats, and formed the government.

The Ontario Conservative Party, led by John Sandfield Macdonald, served as the official opposition.


  Party Leader 1867 Elected % change
  Liberal Edward Blake 41 43 +4.9%
     Conservative John Sandfield Macdonald 41 38 -7.3%
  Conservative - Liberal   - 1  
Total Seats 82 82 -

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