Ontario general election, 1975

Ontario general election, 1975
Ontario general election, 1975
1971 ←
September 18th, 1975
→ 1977

125 seats in the 30th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
63 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Bill Davis Toronto 1984 Stephen-Lewis 2006-01-30 Robert Nixon-c1971
Leader Bill Davis Stephen Lewis Robert Nixon
Party Ontario PC New Democrat Liberal
Leader since 1971 1970 1967
Leader's seat Brampton Scarborough West Brant—Oxford—Norfolk
Last election 78 19 20
Seats won 51 38 35
Seat change -27 +19 +15
Percentage 36.1% 28.9% 34.3%
Swing -8.4% +1.8% +6.5%

The Ontario legislature after the 1975 general election

Premier before election

Bill Davis
Ontario PC

Elected Premier

Bill Davis
Ontario PC

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 and highlighted horror stories of individuals bad landlords and exorbitant rent increases. The campaign forced the Davis Tories to promise shortly before the election to implement rent controls.

The Ontario Liberal Party, led by Robert Nixon, won 15 additional seats, but lost the role of official opposition to the NDP. One member of its caucus was elected as a Liberal-Labour candidate.


  Party Leader 1971 Elected % change Popular vote
 % change
     Progressive Conservative Bill Davis 78 51 -34.6% 36.1% -8.4%
     New Democratic Stephen Lewis 19 38 +100% 28.9% +1.8%
     Liberal Robert Nixon 20 35 +75.0% 34.3% +6.5%
     Liberal-Labour - 1 - - -
Total Seats 117 125 +6.8% 100%  

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