1987 Ontario general election

The 1987 Ontario general election was held on September 10, 1987, to elect members of the 34th Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

1987 Ontario general election

September 10, 1987

130 seats in the 34th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
66 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  PC
Leader David Peterson Bob Rae Larry Grossman
Party Liberal New Democratic Progressive Conservative
Leader since February 21, 1982 February 7, 1982 November 16, 1985
Leader's seat London Centre York South St. Andrew—St. Patrick (lost re-election)
Last election 48 25 52
Seats won 95 19 16
Seat change 47 6 36
Popular vote 1,788,214 970,813 931,476
Percentage 47.3% 25.7% 24.7%
Swing 9.4pp 1.9pp 12.3pp

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.

Premier before election

David Peterson
Liberal

Premier after election

David Peterson
Liberal

The governing Ontario Liberal Party, led by Premier David Peterson, was returned to power with their first majority government in half a century, and the second-largest majority government in the province's history. Peterson had successfully managed to govern with a minority in the Legislature by obtaining the co-operation of the Ontario New Democratic Party, led by Bob Rae, in a confidence and supply agreement. It was through the NDP's support that Peterson was able to form a government, even though the Progressive Conservative Party had won a slightly larger number of seats in the previous election.

The PC Party, led by Larry Grossman, campaigned on a platform of tax cuts to stimulate the economy. Its support continued to slide, however, as voters opted for the change that the Liberal-NDP arrangement provided, with even Grossman losing his own seat. The NDP was unable to convince voters that it should be given credit for the success of the Liberal government that it had supported. Despite losing six seats, the party became the Official Opposition for the second time in the party's history. The PCs fell to 16 seats and third place in the legislature, their worst showing in an election in half a century.

Results

Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1985 Elected % Change # % % Change
  Liberal David Peterson   48 95 +97.9% 1,788,214 47.3% +9.4%
  New Democratic Bob Rae   25 19 -24.0% 970,813 25.7% +1.9%
     Progressive Conservative Larry Grossman   52 16 -69.2% 931,476 24.7% -12.3%
Family Coalition Donald Pennell 36 - - - 48,110 1.3% +1.3%
Libertarian Kaye Sargent   - - - 13,514 0.4% -
Freedom Robert Metz - - - - 4,735 0.1% -
Communist Gordon Massie - - - - 3,422 0.1% -
Green   - - - - 3,398 0.1% -
  Independent - - - - 13,632 0.4% -0.3%
Total   125 130 4.0% 3,777,311 100% -
Popular vote
Liberal
47.34%
New Democratic
25.70%
PC
24.66%
Others
2.30%
Seats summary
Liberal
73.08%
New Democratic
14.62%
PC
12.31%

Riding results

Algoma

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
New DemocraticBud Wildman8,56260.90
LiberalBryan McDougall4,29530.55
Progressive ConservativeDenise Chenier1,2028.55

Algoma—Manitoulin

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalMike Brown7,15746.05
New DemocraticRon Boucher4,38528.22
Progressive ConservativeBen Wilson3,99925.73

Beaches—Woodbine

  • (x)Marion Bryden (NDP) 19948
  • Patricia Herdman (L) 8519
  • John Beveridge (PC) 3022
  • Steve Thistle (Lbt) 533

Brampton North

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalCarman McClelland14,29850.82
Progressive ConservativeJo-Anne Robertson7,17025.48
New DemocraticJohn Deamer6,66723.70

Brampton South

  • (x)Bob Callahan (L) 17913
  • Frank Russell (PC) 6772
  • Paul Ledgister (NDP) 5786
  • Don Best (FCP) 2946
  • Jim Bridgewood (Comm) 268
  • Garnet Brace (Lbt) 225
  • Malcolm Cook 158

Brantford

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalDave Neumann14,91941.17
New DemocraticJack Tubman12,21233.70
Progressive ConservativePhil Gillies9,10425.13

Brant-Haldimand

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal(x)Robert Nixon14,98159.34
New DemocraticTracy Macdonnell4,99219.77
Progressive ConservativeAnn Wilson4,57818.14
OtherGeorge Molson Barrett6932.75

Bruce

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal(x)Murray Elston17,22760.74
Progressive ConservativeMike Snobelen5,14518.14
New DemocraticNorma Peterson3,98614.05
Family CoalitionAdrian Keet2,0067.07

Burlington South

  • (x)Cam Jackson (PC) 12968
  • Bill Priestner (L) 12363
  • Judy Worsley (NDP) 4694
  • Don Pennell (FCP) 1125
  • Dan Riga (Lbt) 228

Cambridge

Carleton

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive ConservativeNorm Sterling14,057
LiberalRoly Armitage13,590
New DemocraticElaine Gibson4,590

Carleton East

  • (x)Gilles Morin (L) 20706
  • Joan Gullen (NDP) 6105
  • Roland Saumure (PC) 4572
  • Andre Lafrance (FCP) 926

Chatham—Kent

  • (x)Maurice Bossy (L) 13370
  • Brian Rice (NDP) 7623
  • Ron Anderson (PC) 6669
  • Marcy Edwards (FCP) 806
  • Don Carnegie 341

Cochrane North

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalRené Fontaine9,436
New DemocraticLen Wood5,675
Progressive ConservativeDenis Latulippe1,203

Cochrane South

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive ConservativeAlan Pope9,735
LiberalConrad Carrière7,479
New DemocraticGilles Renaud6,010

Cornwall

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalJohn Cleary10,653
Progressive ConservativeLuc Guindon9,067
New DemocraticBob Roth6,756

Don Mills

Dovercourt

Downsview

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalLaureano Leone11,832
New DemocraticMaria Augimeri11,658
Progressive ConservativeDrew McCreadie1,788

Dufferin—Peel

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalMavis Wilson14,23153.06
Progressive ConservativeCharlie Byran8,39331.29
New DemocraticSandra Crane4,19515.64
Total valid votes 26,819 100.00

Durham Centre

  • Allan Furlong (L) 12885
  • Sarah Kelly (NDP) 9881
  • Stephanie Ball (PC) 8790
  • Harold Tauscah (G) 378

Durham East

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive ConservativeSam Cureatz11,301
LiberalDiane Hamre9,866
New DemocraticMarg Wilbur6,805

Durham West

Durham—York

Eglinton

Elgin

Essex—Kent

Essex South

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalRemo Mancini15,292
New DemocraticMarv Ewing7,312
Progressive ConservativeScott Cowan3,339

Etobicoke—Humber

  • (x)Jim Henderson (L) 21644
  • Avie Flaherty (PC) 8062
  • Peter Sutherland (NDP) 4511
  • George Hartwell (FCP) 1237

Etobicoke—Lakeshore

  • (x)Ruth Grier (NDP) 14821
  • Frank Sgarlata (L) 12454
  • Al Kolyn (PC) 4760
  • Michael Doyle (FCP) 1203

Etobicoke—Rexdale

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
New DemocraticEd Philip13,892
LiberalJean Bickley9,677
Progressive ConservativeAileen Anderson3,127

Etobicoke West

Fort William

Fort York

  • Bob Wong (L) 9593
  • Joe Pantalone (NDP) 9456
  • Tom Pang (PC) 2084
  • Paul “No Government” Barker (Lbt) 427
  • Andrew Scorer (G) 243
  • Glen Magder (F) 186
  • Bill Whelan 181
  • Ronald Rodgers (Ind [Communist Party of North America]) 154

Frontenac—Addington

  • (x)Larry South (L) 11628
  • Bob Lucas (PC) 7407
  • Lars Thompson (NDP) 4996
  • Ross Baker 667

Grey—Owen Sound

Guelph

Halton Centre

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalBarbara Sullivan15,833
Progressive ConservativeBarry Quinn9,539
New DemocraticRichard Banigan4,487

Halton North

  • Walt Elliot (L) 11644
  • Dave Whiting (PC) 6920
  • Fern Wolf (NDP) 5796

Hamilton Centre

  • (x)Lily Oddie Munro (L) 13636
  • Brian Hinkley (NDP) 10333
  • Gerald Fruewith (PC) 2600

Hamilton East

  • (x)Bob Mackenzie (NDP) 16421
  • David Bach (L) 9890
  • Tommy Tarpos (PC) 1915
  • Bob Jaggard (Comm) 673

Hamilton Mountain

  • (x)Brian Charlton (NDP) 14743
  • Jane Milanetti (L) 13111
  • John Smith (PC) 6580

Hamilton West

  • (x)Richard Allen (NDP) 13430
  • Mary Kiss (L) 12336
  • Don Ross (PC) 5862

Hastings—Peterborough

High Park—Swansea

Huron

Kenora

  • Frank Miclash (L) 7943
  • Doug Miranda (NDP) 6845
  • Mark Duggan (PC) 4824

Kingston and the Islands

Kitchener

  • (x)David Cooke (L) 15373
  • Sue Coulter (NDP) 8379
  • Barbara Fraser (PC) 4226
  • John Meenan (FCP) 1100
  • Ed Halbach (Ind [Humanist]) 290

Kitchener—Wilmot

Lake Nipigon

  • (x)Gilles Pouliot (NDP) 8446
  • Herman Mannila (L) 3606
  • Vic Fournel (PC) 1129

Lambton

  • (x)David Smith (L) 11385
  • Bill Steadman (PC) 8826
  • Grant Reynolds (NDP) 2914
  • Peter Westfall (FCP) 2399

Lanark—Renfrew

Lawrence

  • (x)Joseph Cordiano (L) 15332
  • Evelyn Nurialdo (NDP) 8201
  • David Perry (PC) 5379

Leeds—Grenville

Lincoln

London Centre

  • (x)David Peterson (L) 18194
  • Marion Boyd (NDP) 9266
  • Dennis McKaig (PC) 3864
  • Brenda Rowe (FCP) 695
  • Lloyd Walker (F) 589
  • Stunning Bentley 375

London North

  • (x)Ron Van Horne (L) 22452
  • Diane Whiteside (NDP) 7961
  • Lucky Clark (PC) 7177
  • Elvin Mizzau (FCP) 611
  • Barry Malcolm (F) 537

London South

Markham

Middlesex

Mississauga East

Mississauga North

  • (x)Steve Offer (L) 14604
  • John Moszynski (NDP) 6153
  • Gabe Spoletine (PC) 5309

Mississauga South

  • (x)Margaret Marland (PC) 13854
  • Claudette Mackay-Lassonde (L) 13255
  • Barry Stevens (NDP) 4976
  • Chris Balabanian (F) 712

Mississauga West

  • Steve Mahoney (L) 23482
  • Darwin Kealey (PC) 9138
  • Paul Simon (NDP) 6280

Muskoka—Georgian Bay

1987 Ontario general election: Muskoka–Georgian Bay
Party Candidate Votes%±%
LiberalKen Black12,64543.45
     Progressive Conservative George Beatty 9,396 32.39
New DemocraticDan Waters7,05924.26
Total valid votes 29,100 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 320
Turnout 29,420 65.17
Electors on the lists 45,146

Nepean

Niagara Falls

Niagara South

  • (x)Ray Haggerty (L) 11740
  • Doug Martin (PC) 4645
  • Camilla Gyorffy (NDP) 4396

Nickel Belt

  • (x)Floyd Laughren (NDP) 9849
  • Leo Pevato (L) 3863
  • Evelyn Dutrisac (PC) 3208

Nipissing

  • (x)Mike Harris (PC) 15744
  • Marthe Smith (L) 11690
  • Sandra Clifford (NDP) 2961
  • Brendan Purtill (FCP) 672

Norfolk

Northumberland

Oakville South

Oakwood

Oriole

Oshawa

  • (x)Mike Breaugh (NDP) 12957
  • Cathy O'Flynn (L) 10041
  • Frank Snyder (PC) 4076
  • James Delaney (FCP) 1184

Ottawa Centre

Ottawa East

Ottawa—Rideau

Ottawa South

Ottawa West

Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalBob Chiarelli16,343
Progressive ConservativeDerek Insley9,951
New DemocraticPaul Weinzweig4,403
Family CoalitionLynn McPherson1,689

Oxford

Parkdale

  • (x)Tony Ruprecht (L) 13430
  • Vasco Dos Santos (NDP) 3961
  • Charles Olito (PC) 798
  • Carla Marmelo (FCP) 389
  • Danny Hunt (Lbt) 283
  • Gordon Massie (Comm) 184
  • Camilo Tiqui 176
  • Nancy Van Schouwen (Ind [Humanist]) 113

Parry Sound

  • (x)Ernie Eves (PC) 11332
  • Rollie Boissonneault (L) 6935
  • Bill Pabst (NDP) 2231
  • Warren Edgar (FCP) 647

Perth

Peterborough

  • Peter Adams (L) 15098
  • Linda Slavin (NDP) 10641
  • Doris Brick (PC) 8480
  • Alex Calder (FCP) 3057
  • John Conlin (Lbt) 344

Port Arthur

  • Taras Kozyra (L) 13747
  • Chris Southcott (NDP) 11828
  • Evelyn Dodds (PC) 4419

Prescott and Russell

  • (x)Jean Poirier (L) 26811
  • Yves Deschamps (NDP) 4460
  • Roland Demers (PC) 4100

Prince Edward—Lennox

Quinte

  • (x)Hugh O'Neil (L) 17151
  • Doug Brewer (PC) 6543
  • Gene Morosan (NDP) 3520
  • Allan Bristol (Lbt) 413

Rainy River

Renfrew North

Riverdale

  • (x)David Reville (NDP) 10321
  • Jim Karygiannis (L) 8562
  • Bob Dodd (PC) 3285
  • Debra Bojman (G) 330
  • Byron Garby (Lbt) 292
  • Maggie Bizzell (Comm) 210

St. Andrew—St. Patrick

St. Catharines

Party Candidate Votes %
  Liberal (x)Jim Bradley 17,584 63.30
  New Democratic Party Rob West 5,566 20.04
     Progressive Conservative Chuck Bradley 4,258 15.33
CommunistEric Blair3691.33
Total valid votes 27,777 100.00

St. Catharines—Brock

St. George—St. David

Sarnia

  • (x)Andy Brandt (PC) 12964
  • Joan Link-Mellon (L) 10303
  • Catherine Giles (NDP) 4552
  • Terry Burrell (FCP) 1475
  • Margaret Coe (Lbt) 559

Sault Ste. Marie

Scarborough—Agincourt

  • Gerry Phillips (L) 19101
  • David Kho (NDP) 7021
  • Adrienne Johnson (PC) 6284
  • Barry Coyne (Lbt) 794

Scarborough Centre

Scarborough East

  • (x)Ed Fulton (L) 16944
  • Mary Cook (NDP) 7048
  • Russ Bastow (PC) 5390
  • Jim McIntosh (Lbt) 869
  • Greg Knittl (G) 337

Scarborough—Ellesmere

Scarborough North

  • (x)Alvin Curling (L) 20021
  • Peter Lam (PC) 5861
  • Nick Summers (NDP) 4509
  • Louis Di Rocco (FCP) 1371

Scarborough West

  • (x)Richard Johnston (NDP) 13330
  • Joe Pacione (L) 10094
  • Brian Clark (PC) 3881
  • Stephen Jalsevic (FCP) 1035
  • George Dance (Lbt) 483

Simcoe Centre

Simcoe East

  • (x)Al McLean (PC) 12543
  • Butch Orser (L) 11737
  • Fayne Bullen (NDP) 9699

Simcoe West

  • (x)George McCague (PC) 11678
  • Gary Johnson (L) 11372
  • Noel St-Laurent (NDP) 4788

Stormont—Dundas—Glengarry & East Grenville

  • (x)Noble Villeneuve (PC) 10771
  • Gerry Rosenquist (L) 10164
  • Gordon McGregor 4784
  • Arthur Carkner (NDP) 2345

Sudbury

Sudbury East

Timiskaming

Victoria—Haliburton

  • (x)John Eakins (L) 16287
  • Arthur Ward (PC) 5856
  • Ivan Moore (NDP) 4251
  • Diane Roblin-Lee (FCP) 2403

Waterloo North

Welland—Thorold

  • (x)Mel Swart (NDP) 17490
  • Mark Larose (L) 9855
  • Giulio Roca (PC) 2167
  • Angela Braun (FCP) 706

Wellington

  • (x)Jack Johnson (PC) 10797
  • Bill Benson (L) 10334
  • Burna Wilton (NDP) 5159

Wentworth East

  • Shirley Collins (L) 16153
  • Sharon Lehnert (NDP) 8676
  • Barbara Vance (PC) 5577
  • Ann Stasiuk 475

Wentworth North

  • (x)Chris Ward (L) 16150
  • Gary Tilley (PC) 7107
  • Lynn Spencer (NDP) 6641

Willowdale

Wilson Heights

  • (x)Monte Kwinter (L) 17007
  • Jennifer Paton (NDP) 6697
  • David Farb (PC) 5879

Windsor—Riverside

Windsor—Sandwich

Windsor—Walkerville

  • (x)Mike Ray (L) 14361
  • Donna Champagne (NDP) 13415
  • Jerry Kovacs (PC) 1553
  • Mike Longmoore (Comm) 335

York Centre

  • (x)Greg Sorbara (L) 27096
  • Doug Mason (PC) 8605
  • Joe Licastro (NDP) 7692

York East

  • (x)Christine Hart (L) 15683
  • Peter Oyler (PC) 7352
  • Sophia Apostolides (NDP) 7056
  • Chris Frazer (Comm) 527

York Mills

York—Mackenzie

  • Charles Beer (L) 14177
  • John Cole (PC) 8992
  • Susan Wakeling (NDP) 6092

York South

  • (x)Bob Rae (NDP) 13190
  • Alan Tonks (L) 12857
  • Fred De Francesco (PC) 1544
  • Dusan Kubias (Lbt) 411

Yorkview

  • (x)Claudio Polsinelli (L) 11499
  • Sheila Lambrinos (NDP) 6148
  • Tony Marzilli (Ind [Trudeau Liberal]) 2507
  • Fareed Khan (PC) 1037
  • Russ Jackman (Lbt) 674

Byelections after 1987

Dianne Cunningham (PC) 13858
Elaine Pensa (L) 10356
Diane Whiteside (NDP) 6799
Brenda Rowe (FCP) 1419
Barry Malcolm (F) 548
John Turmel 115
Peter Kormos (NDP) 13933
Mike Lottridge (L) 9819
Brian O'Brine (PC) 4574
Barry Fitzgerald (F) 260
John Turmel 187

Dalton McGuinty, Sr., MPP for Ottawa South, died on March 16, 1990. No byelection was held; the seat was vacant until the 1990 election in September.

See also

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