Ontario general election, 2011
107 seats in the 40th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
54 seats needed for a majority
Popular vote by riding. As this is an FPTP election, seat totals are not determined by popular vote, but instead via results by each riding. Click the map for more details.
The 40th Ontario general election was held on October 6, 2011 to elect members of the 40th Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The Ontario Liberal Party was elected to a minority government, with the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (PC Party) serving as the Official Opposition and the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) serving as a third party.
Under amendments passed by the Legislature in December 2005, Ontario elections are now held on fixed dates: the first Thursday of October every four years. The writ of election was issued by Lieutenant Governor David Onley on September 7, 2011.
- October 10, 2007: Elections held for members of the Ontario Legislature in the 39th Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
- November 29, 2007: The 39th Legislative Assembly of Ontario officially opens with the Speech from the Throne.
- February 23, 2008: John Tory's continued leadership of the Progressive Conservative party is endorsed by 66.9% of delegates at a leadership review.
- June 14, 2008: Premier Dalton McGuinty receives the support of 95.4% of delegates from the Ontario Liberal Party's mandatory leadership review.
- June 14, 2008: NDP leader Howard Hampton announces he will be stepping down as party leader at the March 7, 2009 NDP leadership convention.
- January 9, 2009: Progressive Conservative MPP Laurie Scott announces her resignation from the legislature to allow party leader John Tory, who has been without a seat since his defeat in Don Valley West in the 2007 election, to re-enter the legislature.
- March 5, 2009: In the Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock by-election following Scott's resignation, Tory is defeated by Liberal candidate Rick Johnson.
- March 6, 2009: John Tory resigns as Progressive Conservative leader pending the selection of an interim party leader.
- March 7, 2009: Andrea Horwath is elected leader of the Ontario NDP at the party's 2009 leadership convention.
- June 27, 2009: Tim Hudak is elected leader of the Progressive Conservative party at its 2009 leadership election and also becomes the new Leader of the Opposition.
- September 17, 2009: Eric Hoskins is elected as the MPP for the riding of St. Paul's following the resignation of Michael Bryant on June 7, 2009.
- November 4, 2009: Mike Schreiner is affirmed as the new leader of the Green Party of Ontario, receiving 97% approval from the party membership defeating the None of the Above ballot option, in the 2009 leadership election.
- January 29, 2010: Bob Runciman resigns his seat to accept appointment to the Senate of Canada.
- February 1, 2010: Jim Watson resigns his seat to run for Mayor in the Ottawa municipal election, 2010
- February 4, 2010: Glen Murray is elected as the MPP for the riding of Toronto Centre following the resignation of George Smitherman on January 4, 2010.
- March 4, 2010: Bob Chiarelli is elected as the MPP for the riding of Ottawa West—Nepean and Steve Clark is elected as the MPP for the riding of Leeds—Grenville.
- December 16, 2010: Peter Fonseca resigned from cabinet to run for the federal Liberals in the riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville in the 2011 federal election.
- June 3, 2011: Essex MPP Bruce Crozier dies of an aortic aneurysm.
- September 7, 2011: Official election call, Premier McGuinty formally asks the Lt. Governor to dissolve the legislature. The campaign will be 29 days long.
- September 21–30, 2011: Advance polling stations open for early voting from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
- September 27, 2011: The televised Leaders debate aired on CBC, CHCH, CTV, Global, TVOntario and Sun News Network, with Liberal leader and Premier Dalton McGuinty, Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak and New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath.
- October 6, 2011: Ontario general election from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CDT in north-western part of the province).
In March 2009, PC Party leader John Tory stepped down as leader, with Tim Hudak elected to be his successor. Also in March 2009, Andrea Horwath replaced Howard Hampton as leader of the NDP at the leadership election. Thus, both the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP went into the election with a new leader. Green Party of Ontario leader Frank de Jong stepped down in November 2009; their leadership convention confirmed Mike Schreiner as their new leader. Dalton McGuinty won 95 percent support for his leadership at an Ontario Liberal annual general meeting after the 2007 election, and ran again in 2011.
|Party||2007||Gain from(loss to)||2011|
|Party||Party leader||Candidates||Seats||Popular vote|
|Progressive Conservative||Tim Hudak||107||26||25||37||+11||1,530,076||35.45%||+3.8%|
|New Democratic||Andrea Horwath||107||10||10||17||+7||981,508||22.74%||+5.9%|
|Family Coalition||Phil Lees||31||-||-||9,524||0.22%||-0.6%|
|Independents and no affiliation||36||-||-||9,021||0.21%||–|
|Northern Ontario Heritage||Edward Deibel||3||-||-||676||0.02%|
|Special Needs||Danish Ahmed||4||-||-||667||0.02%||+0.01%|
|Reform||Bradley J. Harness||4||-||-||647||0.01%||+0.01%|
|Paramount Canadians||Ranvir Dogra||4||-||-||562||0.01%|
|Confederation of Regions||vacant||3||-||-||559||0.01%||–|
|People's Political Party||Kevin Clarke||4||-||-||386||< .01%|
|Vegan Environmental||Paul Figueiras||3||-||-||366||< .01%|
|Republican||Trueman Tuck||3||-||-||232||< .01%||–|
|The Only Party||Michael Green||3||-||-||188||< .01%|
|Human Rights||Marilyn McCormick||2||-||-||170||< .01%|
|Canadians' Choice||Bahman Yazdanfar||3||-||-||156||< .01%|
|Paupers||John Turmel||2||-||-||140||< .01%|
|Source: "40TH GENERAL ELECTION - SUMMARY OF VALID BALLOTS CAST" (PDF). Elections Ontario. Retrieved May 17, 2014.|
Candidates and local results
Incumbent MPPs not running for re-election
New Democratic Party
|Polling Firm||Date of Polling||Link||Liberal||PC||NDP||Green||Type of poll||Margin of error|
|Angus Reid||October 4–5, 2011||37||33||26||3||Online||3.6%|
|EKOS||October 3–5, 2011||37.7||31.5||23.3||5.9||Interactive voice response||2.0%|
|Forum Research||October 4, 2011||HTML||37||36||23||3||Interactive voice response||3.1%|
|Angus Reid||October 3–4, 2011||33||36||26||5||Online||2.1%|
|Abacus Data||October 3–4, 2011||HTML||37||34||24||4||Online||3.1%|
|EKOS||October 2–4, 2011||39.0||29.7||23.1||6.6||Interactive voice response||2.2%|
|Nanos Research||October 2–3, 2011||40.1||33.0||23.2||2.8||Telephone||4.2%|
|EKOS||October 2–3, 2011||39.1||29.1||24.5||6.0||Interactive voice response||2.9%|
|Nanos Research||October 1–3, 2011||37.7||33.2||25.8||2.1||Telephone||3.4%|
|Ipsos Reid||September 30 – October 3, 2011||41||31||25||3||Telephone||3.1%|
|Nanos Research||September 30 – October 2, 2011||35.9||36.4||25.7||1.2||Telephone||3.5%|
|EKOS||September 29 – October 2, 2011||37.8||30.6||22.7||7.3||Interactive voice response||2.8%|
|Nanos Research||September 29 – October 1, 2011||36.5||34||26.8||1.9||Telephone||3.5%|
|Nanos Research||September 28–30, 2011||38.0||35.3||24.6||1.8||Telephone||3.5%|
|Angus Reid||September 28–30, 2011||33||34||26||6||Online||3.1%|
|Leger Marketing||September 28–29, 2011||32||34||29||5||Online||3.1%|
|Nanos Research||September 28–29, 2011||37.7||34.4||25.5||2.0||Telephone||4.3%|
|Environics||September 26–28, 2011||HTML||35||36||25||3||Online|
|Abacus Data||September 23–25, 2011||33||37||23||6||Online||2.9%|
|EKOS||September 21–25, 2011||34.9||31.4||24.7||7.6||Interactive voice response||2.3%|
|Forum Research||September 22–23, 2011||HTML||35||35||23||5||Interactive voice response||0.5%|
|Angus Reid||September 13–15, 2011||HTML||32||36||26||6||Online||3.1%|
|Leger Marketing||September 12–15, 2011||33||36||26||5||Online||3.1%|
|Abacus Data||September 9–12, 2011||HTML||32||41||20||6||Online||3.2%|
|Nanos Research||September 10–11, 2011||38.1||34.7||24.3||2.7||Telephone||4.9%|
|Ipsos Reid||September 7–11, 2011||HTML||38||37||24||1||Telephone||3.5%|
|Harris-Decima||August 25 – September 4, 2011||HTML||40||29||24||6||Telephone||3.8%|
|Nanos Research||August 30 – September 1, 2011||31.9||35.4||22.8||4.1||Telephone||3.1%|
|Forum Research||August 29–30, 2011||HTML||30||35||26||7||Interactive voice response||2.0%|
|Angus Reid||August 25–28, 2011||31||38||24||6||Online||3.1%|
|Nanos Research||August 10–13, 2011||37.6||42.1||16.2||3.4||Telephone||3.4%|
|Ipsos Reid||July 29 – August 4, 2011||HTML||36||38||23||3||Telephone||4.9%|
|Forum Research||July 27–28, 2011||HTML||28||38||24||7||Interactive voice response||2.1%|
|Ipsos Reid||June 7 – July 7, 2011||HTML||31||42||22||5||Telephone||3.5%|
|Forum Research||June 21–22, 2011||HTML||26||41||22||8||Interactive voice response||1.7%|
|Ipsos Reid||May 17 – June 9, 2011||HTML||34||40||20||6||Telephone||3.5%|
|Nanos Research||May 14–15, 2011||34||41||19||5||Telephone||4.7%|
|Nanos Research||March 8–11, 2011||35||44||16||4||Telephone||4.9%|
|Nanos Research||January 31 – February 3, 2011||39||43||13||5||Telephone||4.7%|
|Ipsos Reid||January 20, 2011||HTML||35||38||17||9||Telephone|
|Ipsos Reid||November 18, 2010||HTML||32||41||20||7|
|Angus Reid||September 28, 2010||29||41||22||8||Online||3.5%|
|Ipsos Reid||August 21, 2010||HTML||35||36||18||11|
|Ipsos Reid||June 19, 2010||HTML||37||32||20||11|
|Nanos Research||February 9–10, 2010||41.4||37.9||12.8||7.9||Telephone||4.9%|
|Ipsos Reid||December 13, 2009||HTML||38||34||15||10|
|Angus Reid||December 4, 2009||27||41||20||11|
|Nanos Research||October 24–25, 2009||36.6||35||17.2||9.8||Telephone||4.8%|
|Election 2007||October 10, 2007||42.3||31.6||16.8||8.0|
- Barrie Advance 
- The Globe and Mail 
- Hamilton Spectator 
- Ottawa Citizen 
- Sudbury Star 
- Toronto Star 
- Waterloo Region Record 
- Windsor Star 
Did not endorse
- "Ontario election turnout hits record low". CBC.ca. October 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "Election Statute Law Amendment Act, 2005". Service Ontario e-laws. December 15, 2005. Retrieved May 19, 2008.
- Robert Benzie and Susan Delacourt. "Ontario cabinet minister to seek federal seat." Toronto Star. https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/907928--ontario-cabinet-minister-to-seek-federal-seat
- Benzie, Robert (June 4, 2011). "Retiring Liberal MPP Bruce Crozier dead". The Toronto Star. Toronto. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- "Elections Ontario - When to Vote". Wemakevotingeasy.ca. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "Ontario leaders' debate set for Sept. 27". CBC.ca. September 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
- "Longtime Pickering politician calls it quits". Pickering News Advertiser.
- CTV staff (November 29, 2010). "Liberal MPP Bruce Crozier retires". CTV Ottawa. Ottawa. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- Liberal MPP Caplan not running again "Toronto Star"
- Examiner staff (January 21, 2011). "Aileen Carroll won't seek a second term". The Barrie Examiner. Barrie, ON. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- QMI Agency (November 25, 2010). "Hoy won't seek re-election". London Free Press. London, ON. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- Sherwin, Fred (April 13, 2011). "Veteran MPP calls it a day after 41 years in politics". Orléans Online. Ottawa. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- Chant, Miranda (November 9, 2011). "Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Calls it Quits". News/Talk 1290 CJBK. London, ON. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- The Canadian Press (March 25, 2011). "Veteran MPP Gerry Phillips the latest Ontario Liberal not seeking re-election". iPolitics.ca. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- Benzie, Robert; Rob Ferguson (June 10, 2011). "Liberals lose a star: Sandra Pupatello won't seek re-election". Toronto Star. Toronto. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
- Blizzard, Christine (January 13, 2011). "MPP David Ramsay won't run again". The Toronto Sun. Toronto. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- Liberal backbencher Tony Ruprecht won’t seek re-election "Toronto Star"
- Cramer, Brandi (November 19, 2011). "Smith steps aside: MPP recalls her accomplishments and regrets". North Bay Nugget. North Bay, ON. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- Nugget, Carol-Ann (October 14, 2010). "MPP Gerry Martiniuk to retire from provincial politics in 2011". Cambridge Now. Cambridge, ON. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- Benzie, Robert (July 5, 2010). "Conservative MPP Bill Murdoch to ride off into the sunset". The Toronto Star. Toronto. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- The Canadian Press (February 21, 2011). "MPP Savoline will not seek re-election". The Hamilton Spectator. Hamilton. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- "Veteran Ontario MPP Norm Sterling loses bitter PC nomination battle ". Globe and Mail.
- Talaga, Tanya (June 3, 2011). "NDP's Peter Kormos to retire". The Toronto Star. Toronto. Retrieved June 3, 2011.
- Robert, Benzie (July 30, 2011). "Former NDP leader Howard Hampton quits". The Toronto Star. Toronto. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
- Canada. "Dalton McGuinty's Liberals the best choice for Ontario's challenges". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "Liberals, despite faults, are the best option". TheSpec. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- Ottawa Citizen October 4, 2011. "Hold your nose and vote Liberal". Ottawacitizen.com. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "Liberals best fit for Sudbury - Point of View - The Sudbury Star - Ontario, CA". The Sudbury Star. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "Liberals best choice for Ontario's future". Toronto: thestar.com. September 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "Editorial: Liberals offer voters best hope". TheRecord. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- The Windsor Star October 1, 2011 (2011-10-01). "Ontario votes". Windsorstar.com. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "EDITORIAL: Vote for change". BramptonGuardian Article. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "Progressive Conservatives the party to lead Ontario". DurhamRegion Article. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "On Thursday, Ontarians should vote Conservative". Nationalpost.com. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "Ontario deserves better | Editorial | Opinion". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- "Editorial: None of the above | Editorial | Opinion". Ottawa Sun. 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 2011 Ontario election.|