Ontario general election, 1875

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Ontario general election, 1875
← 1871 January 18, 1875 1879 →

88 seats in the 3rd Legislative Assembly of Ontario
45 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Oliver Mowat.jpg MatthewCrooksCameron23.jpg
Leader Oliver Mowat Matthew Crooks Cameron
Party Liberal Conservative
Leader since 1872 1871
Leader's seat Oxford North Toronto East
Last election 43 38
Seats won 50 34
Seat change +7 -4

Premier before election

Oliver Mowat


Oliver Mowat

The Ontario general election of 1875 was the third general election held in the Province of Ontario, Canada. It was held on January 18, 1875, to elect the 88 Members of the 3rd Legislative Assembly of Ontario ("MLAs").

The Ontario Liberal Party, led by Oliver Mowat, increased its majority in the Legislature for its second term in government.

The Ontario Conservative Party, led by Matthew Crooks Cameron lost four of its seats.


  Party Leader 1871 Elected % change
  Liberal Oliver Mowat 43 50 +16.3%
  Conservative Matthew Crooks Cameron 38 34 -11.8%
  Liberal-Conservative - 1  
  Conservative Independent - 2  
  Liberal - Independent - 1  
  Conservative - Liberal 1 -  
Total Seats 82 88 +7.3%

This was the first election in which paper ballots were used. Previously, votes were cast by public declaration.[1]

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