1886 Ontario general election

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1886 Ontario general election

← 1883 December 28, 1886 1890 →

90 seats in the 6th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
46 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Oliver Mowat.jpg William Ralph Meredith.png
Leader Oliver Mowat William Ralph Meredith
Party Liberal Conservative
Leader since 1872 1879
Leader's seat Oxford North London
Last election 48 37
Seats won 57 32
Seat change Increase9 Decrease5

Premier before election

Oliver Mowat


Oliver Mowat

The Ontario general election, 1886 was the sixth general election held in the Province of Ontario, Canada. It was held on December 28, 1886, to elect the 90 Members of the 6th Legislative Assembly of Ontario ("MLAs").

The Ontario Liberal Party, led by Oliver Mowat, won a fifth consecutive term in government and an increased majority in the Legislature.

The Ontario Conservative Party, led by William Ralph Meredith lost five of its seats.

This and the next election (1890) were held under the Limited Vote system wherein Toronto voters had two votes for the three MPPs in their districts. This allowed a degree of minority representation. ([1]


  Party Leader 1883 Elected % change
  Liberal Oliver Mowat 48 57 +18.8%
  Conservative William Ralph Meredith 37 32 -13.5%
  Independent   1 1 -
  Liberal - Independent   2 -  
Total Seats 88 90 +2.3%

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  1. ^ 1921 Special House of Commons Committee on pro-rep. report, p. 12