Ontario general election, 1975
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125 seats in the 30th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
63 seats were needed for a majority
The Ontario general election of 1975 was held on September 18, 1975, to elect the 125 members of the 30th Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Members of Provincial Parliament, or "MPPs") of the Province of Ontario, Canada.
The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, led by Bill Davis and campaigning under the slogan, "Your Future. Your choice.", won a tenth consecutive term in office. It lost its majority in the legislature, however, for the first time since the 1945 election. The PC Party lost 27 seats from its result in the previous election.
The social democratic Ontario New Democratic Party, led by Stephen Lewis with the slogan "Tomorrow starts today", doubled its representation in the legislature, and became the Official Opposition on the strength of a campaign which called for rent control in Ontario and highlighted horror stories of individuals and bad landlords who imposed exorbitant rent increases. The campaign forced the Davis' Tories to promise to implement rent controls shortly before the election.
|Party||Leader||1971||Elected||% change||Popular vote|
|Progressive Conservative||Bill Davis||78||51||-34.6%||36.1%||-8.4%|
|New Democratic||Stephen Lewis||19||38||+100%||28.9%||+1.8%|
There were also 12 Social Credit League of Ontario candidates but they were not officially recognized as such as the party did not run enough candidates or otherwise qualify for official party status under the newly passed Election Finances Reform Act, 1975.
- Politics of Ontario
- List of Ontario political parties
- Premier of Ontario
- Leader of the Opposition (Ontario)
- Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario candidates, 1975 Ontario provincial election
- Independent candidates, 1975 Ontario provincial election
- 725 seats in legislature: Record 454 candidates nominated for 125 Ontario seats The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Sep 5, 1975; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail pg. 40
- Elected: PCs, 51; NDP, 38; Lib, 36: AFTER 30 YEARS, TORY MINORITY Lewis will head official Opposition Williamson, Robert. The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Toronto, Ont. [Toronto, Ont]19 Sep 1975: C1.
- Leader didn't know: Socreds don't qualify as a party for election The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Aug 14, 1975; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail pg. 4