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Encyclopedia > Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Ontario PC Party
Active Provincial Party
Founded 1854
Leader John Tory
President Blair McCreadie
Headquarters 401-19 Duncan Street, Toronto, Ontario
M5H 3H1
Political ideology Conservatism
Neoconservatism
Neoliberalism
Progressivism
International alignment None
Colours Blue
Website OntarioPC.com
LeadershipMatters.ca
John Sandfield Macdonald

The Ontario PC Party, formally known as the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. The party was known for many years as "Ontario's natural governing party." It has ruled the province for 80 of the 140 years since Confederation, including an uninterrupted run from 1943 to 1985. It currently forms the Official Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 539 pixelsFull resolution (886 × 597 pixel, file size: 80 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Official Logo of the Ontario PC Party http://www. ... John Howard Tory, LL.B, BA, MPP (born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian businessman, political activist and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (Ontario PC Party). ... Blair McCreadie is the current president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. ... In Canada, political conservatism is generally considered to be primarily represented by the Conservative Party of Canada at the federal level, and by the various right-leaning parties at the provincial levels. ... Neoconservatism in Canada is the new strand of Conservatism found within Canada. ... For the school of international relations, see Neoliberalism in international relations. ... For other uses, see Progressivism (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation). ... John Sandfield Macdonald, from Archives Canada [1] This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... John Sandfield Macdonald, from Archives Canada [1] This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This article is about the minor party founded by Ross Meurant in 1994. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... We dont have an article called Canadian-confederation Start this article Search for Canadian-confederation in. ... The Leader of the Opposition in Ontario is usually leader of the largest party in the Ontario legislature which is not the government. ... The Provincial Parliament of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ...

Contents

History

Origins

The first Conservative Party in Upper Canada was made up of United Empire Loyalists and supporters of the wealthy Family Compact that ruled the colony and opposed responsible government. Once responsible government was granted in response to the 1837 Rebellions, the Tories re-emerged as moderate reformers who opposed the radical policies of the Reformers and then the Clear Grits. Flag Map of Upper Canada (orange) Capital Newark 1792 - 1797 York(later renamed Toronto in 1834) 1797 - 1841 Language(s) English Religion Anglican Government Constitutional monarchy Sovereign  - 1791-1820 George III  - 1837-1841 Victoria Lieutenant-Governor See list of Lieutenant-Governors Legislature Parliament of Upper Canada  - Upper house Legislative Council... The name United Empire Loyalists is given to those American Loyalists who resettled in British North America and other British Colonies as an act of fealty to King George III after the British defeat in the American Revolutionary War. ... The Family Compact was the informal name for the wealthy, conservative elite of Upper Canada in the early 19th century. ... Responsible government is a system of government that embodies the principle of parliamentary accountability which is the foundation of the Westminster system of parliamentary democracy. ... (Redirected from 1837 Rebellions) The Rebellions of 1837 were a pair of Canadian armed uprisings that occurred in 1837 in response to frustrations in political reform and ethnic conflict. ... The Reform movement, sometimes referred to as the Reform Party, began in the 1830s as the movement in the English speaking parts of British North America (Canada). ... Clear Grits were Upper Canadian reformers with support concentrated among southwestern Ontario farmers, who were frustrated and disillusioned by the 1849 Reform government of Robert Baldwin and Louis_Hippolyte Lafontaines lack of radicalism. ...


The modern Conservative Party originated in the Liberal-Conservative coalition founded by Sir John A. Macdonald and George-Étienne Cartier in 1854. It is a variant of this coalition that formed the first government in Ontario with John Sandfield Macdonald as Premier. After losing power in 1871, this Conservative coalition began to dissolve. What was originally a party that included Catholics and Protestants, became an almost exclusively English and Protestant party, more and more dependent on the Protestant Orange Order for support, and even for its leadership. The party became opposed to funding for Separate (Catholic) schools, opposed to language rights for French-Canadians and distrustful of immigrants. Paradoxically, an element of the party gained a reputation for being pro-labour as a result of links between the Orange Order and the labour movement. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... For other persons named John Alexander Macdonald, see John Alexander Macdonald (disambiguation). ... Hon. ... John Sandfield Macdonald John Sandfield Macdonald, QC (December 12, 1812 – June 1, 1872) was the first Premier of the Canadian province of Ontario after the province was created as a result of the confederation of Canada in 1867. ... The Premier of Ontario is the first minister for the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... Orange parade in Glasgow (1 June 2003) The Orange Institution, more commonly known as the Orange Order, is a Protestant fraternal organisation based predominantly in Northern Ireland and Scotland with lodges throughout the Commonwealth and in Canada and the United States. ... A separate school is a publicly funded school which includes religious education in its curriculum, as opposed to a private school or public school. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The labor movement (or labour movement) is a broad term for the development of a collective organization of working people, to campaign in their own interest for better treatment from their employers and political governments. ...


Pre-war dynasty

After 33 years in Opposition, the Tories returned to power under James P. Whitney, who led a progressive administration in its development of the province. The Whitney government initiated massive public works projects such as the creation of Ontario Hydro. It also enacted reactionary legislation (such as Regulation 17) against the French-Canadian population in Ontario. The Tories were in power for all but five years from 1905 to 1934. After the death of Whitney in 1914, however, they lacked vision and became complacent. The Tories lost power to the United Farmers of Ontario in the 1919 election but were able to regain office in 1923 election due to the UFO's disintegration and divisions in the Ontario Liberal Party. They were defeated by Mitch Hepburn's Liberals in 1934 due to their inability to cope with the Great Depression. Parliamentary Opposition is a form of political opposition to a designated government, particularly in a Westminster-based parliamentary system. ... Sir James Pliny Whitney (October 2, 1843-September 25, 1914) was a politician in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Look up Public works in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario was established in 1906 by the provincial Power Commission Act to build transmission lines to supply municipal utilities with electricity generated by private companies already operating at Niagara Falls. ... The United Farmers of Ontario (UFO) were the Ontario section of the nation-wide United Farmers movement that arose in Canada in the early part of the 20th century. ... The Ontario general election, 1919 was the fifteenth general election held in the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... The Ontario general election, 1923 was the sixteenth general election held in the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a centre-left provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... Mitchell Frederick Hepburn (August 12, 1896 - January 5, 1953) was Premier of Ontario from 1934 to 1942. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ...


Post-war dynasty

The Conservatives took advantage of Liberal infighting to win a minority government in the 1943 provincial election, reducing the Liberals to third-party status. Drew called another election in 1945, only two years into his mandate, to get a majority government. The Tories played up Cold War tensions to win a landslide majority, though it emerged several years later that the Tory government had set up a secret department of the Ontario Provincial Police to spy on the opposition and the media. The party would dominate Ontario politics for the next four decades. For minority governments in general, see dominant minority. ... The Ontario general election of 1943 was held on August 4, 1943, to elect the 90 Members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... The Ontario general election of 1945 was held to elect the 90 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... The Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) is the provincial police force for the province of Ontario, Canada. ...


The anti-Catholic, anti-French, anti-immigrant strain of the Tories was evident under Drew and his successor, Leslie Frost, who embodied all those elements. In 1961, John Robarts became the 17th premier of Ontario. He was one of the most popular premiers in years. Under Robarts' lead, the party epitomized power. He was an advocate of individual freedoms and promoted the rights of the provinces against what he saw as the centralizing initiatives of the federal government, while also promoting national unity against Quebec separatism. He hosted the 1967 "Confederation of Tomorrow" conference in Toronto in an unsuccessful attempt to achieve an agreement for a new Constitution of Canada. The neutrality of this article is disputed. ... Leslie Miscampbell Frost, P.C., C.C., Q.C., LL.D., D.C.L. (September 20, 1895 – May 4, 1973) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... For the recipient of the Victoria Cross see John Robarts (VC). ...


Robarts initially opposed Canadian medicare when it was proposed, but later endorsed it fully. He led the party towards a civil libertarian movement. As a strong believer in the promotion of both official languages, he opened the door to French education in Ontario schools.


Big Blue Machine era

In 1971, Bill Davis became party leader and the 18th premier. Anti-Catholicism became an issue again in the 1971 election, when the Tories under campaigned strenuously against a Liberal proposal to extend funding for Catholic separate schools until Grade 13. Davis reversed himself in 1985, and enacted the funding extension as one of his last acts before leaving office. For the artist, animator, creative director, see Bill Davis (artist) (animator) (computer games). ... The Ontario general election of 1971 was held to elect the 117 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... A separate school is a publicly funded school which includes religious education in its curriculum, as opposed to a private school or public school. ... The text below is generated by a template, which has been proposed for deletion. ...


Davis governed until 1985 with a team of advisers known as the "Big Blue Machine" because of their reputed political and strategic skills. Their stamp on the party was so strong that many refer to the Tories' long rule over Ontario as the "Big Blue Machine era." The Big Blue Machine was a nickname for the group of strategists and advisors to the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party in the 1970s and 80s. ...


During Davis's time as leader of the PC Party, the party moved to the centre, and on some issues, moved to the left of the Liberals. However, its base of support remained with socially conservative voters in rural central Ontario. This made him one of the most popular politicians in Ontario's history. Other conservatives in the federal PC Party accused him of damaging the conservative image in Canada by moving to the left on some issues. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


End of a dynasty

Party logo in 1985

Davis retired in 1985. At a leadership convention, he was succeeded by Industry and Trade Minister Frank Miller. Miller was considerably more conservative than Davis, and began shifting the party back to the right. Soon after taking office, he called an election in which the Conservatives were reduced to a minority government, and actually finished behind the Liberals in the popular vote for the first time in 42 years. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In 1985, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party held two leadership conventions: one in January, and one in November. ... This article is about Frank Miller, the Canadian politician. ... David Petersons Liberals, with support from Bob Raes New Democrats, form a minority government despite having fewer seats than Frank Millers Progressive Conservatives. ...


Soon aferward, the Ontario New Democratic Party of Bob Rae reached an agreement with David Peterson's Liberals in which the NDP would support a Liberal minority government. Miller was defeated in a no-confidence motion on June 18. Peterson was asked to form a government later in the day, ending the longest period of one-party rule in Canadian provincial history. Miller was replaced as leader by Larry Grossman at a second leadership convention. The Ontario New Democratic Party (formerly known as the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, Ontario Section) is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada. ... Hon. ... The Honourable David Robert Peterson, PC , LL.B , BA (born December 28, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario) was the twentieth Premier of the Province of Ontario, Canada, from June 26, 1985 to October 1, 1990. ... is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Lawrence Larry Sheldon Grossman (born December 2, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario; died June 1997) was a politician in Ontario, Canada, and a noted baseball fan. ... In 1985, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party held two leadership conventions: one in January, and one in November. ...


When the Liberal-NDP Accord expired, an election was held in 1987 in which the Tories were reduced to third place in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Grossman was personally defeated in his downtown Toronto riding and resigned immediately. Andy Brandt was the party's interim leader until a leadership election was held in 1990 in which Mike Harris defeated Dianne Cunningham. Map of the 1987 election, showing the ridings and their popular vote The Ontario general election of 1987 was held on September 10, 1987, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... The Provincial Parliament of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... For the song by Chamillionaire, see Ridin. In the British Isles since Anglo-Saxon times, a riding is traditionally a sub-division (especially in three) of a county[1]. The term has similar or analogous meanings in other countries. ... Andrew S. (Andy) Brandt (born June 11, 1938 in London, Ontario) is a former politician and public administrator in Ontario, Canada. ... An interim leader, in Canadian politics, is a party leader who is appointed by the partys legislative caucus or the partys executive to temporarily act as leader when there is a gap between the resignation or death of a party leader and the election of his or her... This page lists the results of leadership conventions within the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (known as the Conservative Party of Ontario before 1942). ... Michael Deane Harris (born January 23, 1945, in Toronto, Ontario) was the twenty-second Premier of Ontario from June 26, 1995 to April 15, 2002. ... Dianne Cunningham is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ...


The Tories failed to improve their standing in the 1990 election under Harris, in which Peterson was defeated by Rae's NDP. As a result of serious scandals, David Petersons Liberal government was defeated by a large protest vote. ...


The "Common Sense Revolution"

Logo of the Ontario PC Party from the mid 1990s to 2003

In the 1995 election, Harris catapulted his party from third place to an election victory, running on a right-wing platform known as the "Common Sense Revolution" that highlighted a number of "wedge issues" and promised significant tax cuts, cuts to welfare, the introduction of workfare, privatization and other neo-conservative measures. Harris went on to win a second majority in 1999 despite the strikes and protests that plagued his first term in office. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Ontario general election of 1995 was held on June 8, 1995, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the province of Ontario, Canada. ... The phrase Common Sense Revolution (CSR) has been used as a political slogan to describe common sense conservative platforms in Australia and the U.S. state of New Jersey in the 1990s. ... A tax cut is a reduction in the rate of tax charged by a government, for example on personal or corporate income. ... This article is about financial assistance paid by government organizations. ... Workfare is an alternative model to conventional Social Welfare systems. ... Neoconservatism describes several distinct political ideologies which are considered new forms of conservatism. ... Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario Legislature after the 1999 election. ...


The Harris government was criticized on issues such as health care, the environment, education, and its tax policies, which critics said created the $5 billion deficit which the Conservatives left in their last year in government.


The slide in Conservative support began in early 2000, according to the Ipsos-Reid polling company (Ipsos-Reid website), when the Tories fell behind the Liberals in the public opinion polls for the first time since the 1999 election, with 36% support of those polled, compared to 42% for the Liberals and 17% for the NDP. Later in 2000, Liberal support rose to about half of those polled, while Conservative support remained in the low 30s. This pattern held through to the 2002 leadership campaign, when Conservative support rose to 37%, while the Liberals retained the support of about half of those polled.


Ernie Eves: distancing the party from the "Common Sense Revolution"

With the resignation of Mike Harris in 2002, the PCs held a leadership election. Ernie Eves, who had been Harris' Minister of Finance, and who had the backing of almost all PC MPPs, won the campaign, defeating his successor as Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty. The 2002 Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership election was a leadership convention called in the fall of 2001 when Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Premier Mike Harris announced his intention to resign. ... Ernest Eves (born June 17, 1946) was the twenty-third Premier of the province of Ontario, Canada, from April 15, 2002, to October 23, 2003. ... James Michael Jim Flaherty, PC, BA, LL.B, MP (born December 30, 1949) is Canadas Minister of Finance; he had formerly served as Ontarios Minister of Finance. ...


Eves was a Red Tory, unlike Harris. He'd tried to blunt some of the edges of the more radical elements of Harris' platform while in Cabinet. His rejection of the "Common Sense Revolution" continued after he became premier. He killed plans to sell off Hydro One when deregulation of energy prices resulted in a dramatic increase in energy rates and threatened a consumer revolt. This led him to re-impose retail price controls on electricity, capping the price at 4.3 cents per kilowatt/hour, and vowing to keep it capped until at least 2006. The result was a quickly escalating public debt that made up for shortfalls in the price of electricity.

Ontario PC logo, 2003 to 2006

During the summer after Eves’ election as leader, the Conservatives closed the gap in popular support considerably, placing only two percentage points behind the Liberals in two summer public opinion polls. By the autumn of 2002, however, Eves’ ‘honeymoon’ with the voters was over, and the party fell back in the polls, hovering in the mid-to-high 30s, while the Liberals scored in the mid-to-high 40s. Image File history File links This is the logo of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, as can be found on thier website. ... Image File history File links This is the logo of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, as can be found on thier website. ...


2003 election defeat

Despite his attempt to recast the Tory government as a moderate one, Eves was unable to reverse the slide in the polls the Tories had suffered in the last years of Harris' tenure.


Eves asked Flaherty's campaign chairman, Jamie Watt, to co-manage the Conservative election campaign, along with the rest of the "Whiz Kids" team that had previously worked for Harris. Only Tom Long, the central organizer in Harris' campaigns, refused to work for Eves. Tom Long (born 1958) is a Canadian political strategist. ...


The "Whiz Kids" reputation for competence was marred by publicity stunts such as handing down his government's second budget at the headquarters of Magna International instead of in the provincial legislature. Voter backlash against this break with parliamentary tradition forced the delay of a planned spring election in 2003. Magna International Inc. ...


In May 2003, Eves released the party's platform, dubbed "the Road Ahead". The document promoted an aggressive hard-right agenda, and was closer in spirit to Harris and Flaherty's agenda than to Eves' own. In releasing this document, Eves reversed his earlier positions on banning teacher's strikes, jailing the homeless, private school tax credits and same-sex marriage. The platform also called for mortgage interest deductibility. Same-sex marriage was legalized across Canada by the Civil Marriage Act enacted on July 20, 2005. ...


The Conservative election campaign was riddled with mistakes and miscues, and Eves appeared very uncomfortable trying to sell a platform he had opposed only a year earlier. In contrast, the Liberals had spent the last four years positioning themselves as the government in waiting, and ran on the simple platform of "Choose Change." Conservative television ads which attacked Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty as "still not up to the job" were received poorly by the voting public, and allowed the Liberal campaign to portray the Tories as needlessly confrontational. Dalton James Patrick McGuinty, Jr. ...


A critical point in the campaign was when members of the Eves team jokingly referred to McGuinty as an "evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet", a comment that made the Conservatives appear desperate to vilify their opponents. In the final days leading up to the vote, Eves was further criticized for saying that McGuinty just says "whatever comes into his pointy little head". On election day, the Conservatives were routed, falling to 24 seats. Dalton McGuinty A kitten Evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet (Sorry. ...


John Tory's Tories (2004 to present)

John Tory, leader (2004-present)
Current Ontario PC logo, 2006

In early 2004, Eves announced his intention to step down as leader. A leadership convention to replace him was called for the fall. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 539 pixelsFull resolution (886 × 597 pixel, file size: 80 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Official Logo of the Ontario PC Party http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 539 pixelsFull resolution (886 × 597 pixel, file size: 80 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Official Logo of the Ontario PC Party http://www. ...


Jim Flaherty was the first to enter the race, campaigning on the same right wing platform as in 2002. He was soon opposed by John Tory, a former executive with Rogers Cable and a Toronto mayoral candidate in 2003, sometimes viewed as a Red Tory due to his association to former Ontario Premier Bill Davis. Member of Provincial Parliament Frank Klees, the third candidate in the race, was a supporter of the Common Sense Revolution and campaigned for a parallel private health care system. James Michael Jim Flaherty, PC, BA, LL.B, MP (born December 30, 1949) is Canadas Minister of Finance; he had formerly served as Ontarios Minister of Finance. ... John Howard Tory, LL.B, BA, MPP (born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian businessman, political activist and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (Ontario PC Party). ... Rogers Communications Inc. ... The Red Tory Tradition: Ancient Roots-New Routes, by Ron Dart Red Tory is a term given to a political philosophy, tradition, and disposition in Canada. ... A Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) is an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... Frank Klees (born March 6, 1951) is a Canadian politician. ... The phrase Common Sense Revolution (CSR) has been used as a political slogan to describe common sense conservative platforms in Australia and the U.S. state of New Jersey in the 1990s. ...


The 2004 leadership election was held on September 18, 2004, electing John Tory as the party's new leader. Tory, a longtime backroom player in the PC Party, was elected to the Ontario legislature in a by-election in March, 2005, in the seat that Eves held.[1] On January 23, 2004, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Ernie Eves announced his intention to step down as leader before the fall of 2004. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In polling prior to the 2007 general election, the PCs' support rose after the first Liberal budget in 2004. The party was virtually tied with the Liberals, as Tory has experimented with several different orientations. During his first year as leader, Tory attempted to rise above partisan politics, openly contemptuous of partisan moves and pledging to improve decorum in the legislature. In his second year as leader, Tory adopted a more traditional approach to the issues, sharply opposing the Liberal plans on taxes, spending, deficits and cuts. Heading into the election year, Tory put most of his emphasis on criticizing the government's handling of a standoff with Iroquois aboriginals in Caledonia in order to portray the government as weak. He also emphasized traditional right-wing issues like taxes, crime and government spending. The Ontario general election of 2007 was held on October 10, 2007 to elect members (MPPs) of the 39th Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... For other uses, see Iroquois (disambiguation). ... Caledonia is the Latin name given by the Roman Empire to a northern area of the island of Great Britain. ...


During the 2006 PC Policy Convention, Tory introduced his plan for shaping up the PCs' platform for the 2007 election campaign. His ideas were stated in what have been called "The White Papers".[2] The Ontario general election of 2007 was held on October 10, 2007 to elect members (MPPs) of the 39th Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ...


The party experienced a drop in popularity, however, after Tory pledged to provide government funding for faith-based schools. The proposal, which proved to be unpopular with voters,[3] contributed largely to the party's loss. The Liberals won a second majority government, and the PCs made and negligible gains in the legislature (one more seat, but a 3 per cent drop in the popular vote). Tory, who had left his Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey seat to run in Don Valley West, would lose to Liberal incumbent Kathleen Wynne. A parochial school is a type of private school which engages in religious education in addition to conventional education. ... In the Westminster System, a majority government is one in which the government enjoys an absolute majority of seats in the legislature or Parliament. ... Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey was a provincial electoral district in southwestern Ontario, Canada that elected one Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. ... Don Valley West located in Toronto Don Valley West is a provincial electoral district in in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Kathleen Wynne is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ...


List of members of the current shadow cabinet

  • John Tory (Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey)
  • Elizabeth Witmer (Kitchener-Waterloo)
    • Deputy Leader
    • Caucus Chair
    • Labour Critic
  • Ted Arnott (Waterloo-Wellington)
    • Tourism and Recreation Critic
  • Toby Barrett (Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant)
    • Deputy Whip
    • Environment Critic
  • Ted Chudleigh (Halton)
    • Deputy Whip
    • Economic Development Critic
  • Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe North)
    • Chief Whip
    • Community Safety Critic
  • Ernie Hardeman (Oxford)
    • Agriculture and Food Critic
  • Tim Hudak (Erie-Lincoln)
    • Finance Critic
  • Cam Jackson (Burlington)
    • Community and Social Services
    • Children and Citizenship and Long-Term Care Critic

John Howard Tory, LL.B, BA, MPP (born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian businessman, political activist and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (Ontario PC Party). ... The Leader of the Opposition in Ontario is usually leader of the largest party in the Ontario legislature which is not the government. ... Elizabeth Witmer, BA (born October 16, 1946 in Schiedam, The Netherlands) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Theodore Calvin (Ted) Arnott (born April 8, 1963 in Fergus, Ontario) is a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing the district of Waterloo—Wellington. ... Toby Barrett (born November 3, 1945 in Port Dover, Ontario) is a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing the district of Haldimand—Norfolk—Brant for the Progressive Conservative Party. ... Ted Chudleigh is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Garfield Dunlop is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Ernie Hardeman is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Timothy Tim Hudak, MPP, is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Cameron (Cam) Jackson (born February 27, 1951 in Hamilton, Ontario) is mayor-elect of Burlington, Ontario, Canada. ... Frank Klees (born March 6, 1951) is a Canadian politician. ... Gerry Martiniuk is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Norm Miller (born in 1956) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Julia Munro is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... John OToole is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Jerry Ouellette (born January 30, 1959 in Oshawa, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... The Honourable Robert W. Runciman (born in Brockville, Ontario) is a veteran Canadian politician. ... In Canada each political party with representation in the House of Commons has a House Leader who is a front bench MP and an expert in parliamentary procedure. ... For the English football (soccer) player, see Laurie Scott (footballer). ... Norman W. Sterling (born February 19, 1942 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Joseph Tascona (born October 9, 1951 in Barrie, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Jim Wilson (born April 4, 1963 in Alliston, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... John Yakabuski is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ...

Party leaders

Further information: Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership conventions

Conservative Party of Canada West (pre-Confederation)

Leader Years in office
1 Sir John A. Macdonald 1854-1867
2 John Sandfield Macdonald[4] 1862-1864

Conservative Party of Ontario

Leader Years in office
con't John Sandfield Macdonald 1867-1871
3 Matthew Crooks Cameron 1871-1878
4 William Ralph Meredith 1879-1894
5 George Frederick Marter 1894-1896
6 Sir James P. Whitney 1896-1914
7 Sir William Hearst 1914-1919
8 George Howard Ferguson 1919-1930
9 George Stewart Henry 1930-1936
10 William Earl Rowe 1936-1938
11 George Drew 1938-1942

Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

Leader Years in office
con't George Drew 1942-1948
12 Thomas Kennedy 1948-1949 (interim)
13 Leslie Frost 1949-1961
14 John Robarts 1961-1971
15 William (Bill) Davis 1971-1985
16 Frank Miller 1985-1986
17 Larry Grossman 1986-1987
18 Andy Brandt 1987-1990 (interim)
19 Mike Harris 1990-2002
20 Ernie Eves 2002-2004
21 John Tory 2004-

This page lists the results of leadership conventions within the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (known as the Conservative Party of Ontario before 1942). ... For other persons named John Alexander Macdonald, see John Alexander Macdonald (disambiguation). ... John Sandfield Macdonald John Sandfield Macdonald, QC (December 12, 1812 – June 1, 1872) was the first Premier of the Canadian province of Ontario after the province was created as a result of the confederation of Canada in 1867. ... John Sandfield Macdonald John Sandfield Macdonald, QC (December 12, 1812 – June 1, 1872) was the first Premier of the Canadian province of Ontario after the province was created as a result of the confederation of Canada in 1867. ... Matthew Crooks Cameron (1822-1887) was a politician in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Sir William Ralph Meredith (1840-1923) was a politician in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... George Frederick Marter was a politician in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Sir James Pliny Whitney (October 2, 1843-September 25, 1914) was a politician in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Sir William Howard Hearst, K.C.M.G. (February 15, 1864–September 29, 1941) was the Conservative premier of the Canadian province of Ontario from 1914 to 1919. ... George Howard Ferguson (June 18, 1870-February 21, 1946) was a Conservative politician and Premier of Ontario, Canada, from 1923 to 1930. ... George Stewart Henry (July 16, 1871-September 2, 1958) was a farmer, businessman and politician in Ontario, Canada. ... The Honourable William Earl Rowe, PC (May 13, 1894 – February 9, 1984), was a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Colonel The Honourable George Alexander Drew, PC , CC , QC (May 7, 1894 - January 4, 1973) was a Canadian conservative politician who founded a Progressive Conservative dynasty in Ontario that lasted 42 years. ... Colonel The Honourable George Alexander Drew, PC , CC , QC (May 7, 1894 - January 4, 1973) was a Canadian conservative politician who founded a Progressive Conservative dynasty in Ontario that lasted 42 years. ... Thomas Laird Kennedy (August 15, 1878 - February 13, 1959) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... An interim leader, in Canadian politics, is a party leader who is appointed by the partys legislative caucus or the partys executive to temporarily act as leader when there is a gap between the resignation or death of a party leader and the election of his or her... Leslie Miscampbell Frost, P.C., C.C., Q.C., LL.D., D.C.L. (September 20, 1895 – May 4, 1973) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... For the recipient of the Victoria Cross see John Robarts (VC). ... For the artist, animator, creative director, see Bill Davis (artist) (animator) (computer games). ... This article is about Frank Miller, the Canadian politician. ... Lawrence Larry Sheldon Grossman (born December 2, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario; died June 1997) was a politician in Ontario, Canada, and a noted baseball fan. ... Andrew S. (Andy) Brandt (born June 11, 1938 in London, Ontario) is a former politician and public administrator in Ontario, Canada. ... Michael Deane Harris (born January 23, 1945, in Toronto, Ontario) was the twenty-second Premier of Ontario from June 26, 1995 to April 15, 2002. ... Ernest Eves (born June 17, 1946) was the twenty-third Premier of the province of Ontario, Canada, from April 15, 2002, to October 23, 2003. ... John Howard Tory, LL.B, BA, MPP (born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian businessman, political activist and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (Ontario PC Party). ...

Recent election results

Year of
election
#
of
seats
won
# of
seats
available
# of
votes
% of
popular vote
Role in
legislature
1985[5] 52 125 1,343,044 37.0% Official opposition
1987 16 130 931,473 24.7% Third party
1990 20 130 944,564 23.5% Third party
1995 82 129 1,870,110 44.8% Government
1999 59 103 1,978,059 45.1% Government
2003 24 103 1,559,181 34.7% Official opposition
2007 26 107 1,398,857 31.64% Official opposition

David Petersons Liberals, with support from Bob Raes New Democrats, form a minority government despite having fewer seats than Frank Millers Progressive Conservatives. ... Map of the 1987 election, showing the ridings and their popular vote The Ontario general election of 1987 was held on September 10, 1987, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... As a result of serious scandals, David Petersons Liberal government was defeated by a large protest vote. ... The Ontario general election of 1995 was held on June 8, 1995, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the province of Ontario, Canada. ... Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario Legislature after the 1999 election. ... Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario Legislature after the 2003 election. ... The Ontario general election of 2007 was held on October 10, 2007 to elect members (MPPs) of the 39th Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ...

References and footnotes

  1. ^ John Tory's Biography on the Ontario PC Official Website
  2. ^ Ontario PC - Party Whitepapers
  3. ^ CBC.ca - McGuinty wins massive majority, Tory loses seat
  4. ^ Shared role with Sir John A. Macdonald as joint premiers of the Province of Canada representing Canada West (Ontario).
  5. ^ Won most seats in 1985 election, but lost power after Liberals signed a pact with the NDP to form the government.

See also

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario is a political party in Ontario, Canada. ... Beginning with the 2003 election, Ontario elections are held every 4 years in October. ... This is a list of the premiers of the province of Ontario, Canada, since Confederation (1867). ... A list of parliamentary opposition leaders in the Canadian province of Ontario, from 1867 to the present. ... This article lists political parties in Canada. ...

External links

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Forming the government:
Canada - Alberta - Newfoundland and Labrador - Nova Scotia
Forming the official opposition:
Manitoba - Prince Edward Island - New Brunswick - Ontario - Québec
No representation in legislature:
British Columbia - Saskatchewan
Historical Conservative parties:
Conservative Party of Canada (historical) - Progressive Conservative Party of Canada - Conservative Party of Quebec - Union Nationale - Northwest Territories Liberal-Conservative Party
Leaders of the Ontario PC Party
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