Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario candidates, 1990 Ontario provincial election

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The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario ran a full slate of candidates in the 1990 provincial election, and won 20 out of 130 seats to become the third-largest party in the legislature. Some of the party's candidates have their own biography pages; information about others may be found here.

Brantford: Dan DiSabatino[edit]

Daniel M. DiSabatino has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University (1987) and a Master of Arts in Theology from McMaster University (1989). He was twenty-four years old during the 1990 election, was a registered insurance broker and financial planner, and worked with the Pentecostal New Life Assembly Church. He opposed the introduction of Sunday shopping to Ontario.[1]

DiSabatino was latter a staffer for Ron Johnson, who was elected as Brantford's Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) in the 1995 election.[2] He ran for a seat on the Brantford City Council in 1997, but was defeated.

He later served as lead pastor of the Willowdale Pentecostal Church in Toronto.[3]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes % Place Winner
1990 provincial Brantford Progressive Conservative 3,087 8.46 3/6 Brad Ward, New Democratic Party
1997 Brantford municipal City Council, Ward One n/a 892 9.90 7/8 Paul Urbanowicz and John Starkey

Downsview: Chris Smith[edit]

Smith was a thirty-four-year-old businessman at the time of the election.[4] His campaign focused on affordable housing, increased private and public daycare, and crime reduction.[5] He received 1,477 votes (6.22%), finishing third against New Democratic Party candidate Anthony Perruzza.

Hamilton Centre: Graham Snelgrove[edit]

Snelgrove was fifty years old at the time of the election (Globe and Mail, 7 September 1990). He received 2,116 votes (8.34%), finishing third against New Democratic Party candidate David Christopherson.

Muskoka–Georgian Bay: Marilyn Rowe[edit]

Marilyn Rowe served on the Muskoka Board of Education in the 1980s and 1990s and was its chair for a time.[6] She was also president of the Ontario Public School Trustees Association in the mid-1980s.[7] She criticized the Progressive Conservative government of Bill Davis for extending funding to Roman Catholic schools in 1984, arguing that public system would suffer as a result.[8] After the Progressive Conservatives were defeated in the legislature following the 1985 provincial election, Rowe called for a referendum on the funding issue.[9] She also opposed a 1984 Ontario Court of Appeal decision that gave all francophone children the right to learn in French; her argument was that the expense would be too great.[10]

Rowe received 10,504 votes (31.80%) in 1990, finishing second against New Democratic Party candidate Dan Waters.

York South: Andrew Feldstein[edit]

Feldstein was a second-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School at the time of the election. He focused his campaign on taxes and the environment, and spoke out against the allowance given to MPPs.[11] He received 2,561 votes (10.26%), finishing third against New Democratic Party leader Bob Rae. Feldstein graduated from Osgoode Hall in 1992, and later established the firm Andrew Feldstein and Associates. His primary focus is family law.[12]


  1. ^ Brantford Expositor, 4 September 1990, B2.
  2. ^ Dan McCreary, "`New kid' could threaten Neumann's mayoral hopes," Brantford Expositor, 17 April 2000, A3.
  3. ^ About Us: Willowdale Pentacostal Church Archived 2009-01-25 at the Wayback Machine., accessed 10 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Downsview", Toronto Star, 3 September 1990, A6.
  5. ^ Lesley Simpson, "Downsview Riding may swing with tide", Toronto Star, 26 August 1990, A4.
  6. ^ Mark Bourrie, "Muskokans angry at school trustees over 87% pay hike", Toronto Star, 29 January 1992, A2.
  7. ^ Robert Matas, "Trustees angered by Grossman speech", Globe and Mail, 1 June 1985, M6.
  8. ^ Robert Matas, "Public school trustees fear possible tax hikes in wake of equality", Globe and Mail, 14 June 1984, M5.
  9. ^ Robert Matas, "Plebiscite sought over RC schools financing", Globe and Mail, 24 July 1985, M3.
  10. ^ "Trustees to fight appeal court ruling on French-language instruction rights", Globe and Mail, 22 September 1984, 17; Robert Matas, "Groups drop appeals on francophones' right to control own schools", Globe and Mail, 13 December 1984, M2.
  11. ^ Margaret Polanyi, "Meeting gives Rae mixed reviews", Globe and Mail, 29 August 1990, A7; Tony Wong, "Rae is at home in NDP stronghold", Toronto Star, 2 September 1990, A12.
  12. ^ Andrew Feldstein biography, Andrew Feldstein and Associates, online document, accessed 6 December 2006.