The Ontario New Democratic Party elects its leaders by secret ballot of the party members and/or their delegates at leadership elections, as did its predecessor, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (Ontario Section). The party leader can be challenged for the leadership at the party's biennial convention. The Ontario New Democratic Party is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada.
From 1934 until 1942, the president of the Ontario CCF acted as the party's spokesperson and leader during election campaigns. John Mitchell, a Hamilton alderman, was CCF president from 1934 until 1941. Samuel Lawrence, former Ontario CCF MPP for Hamilton East was elected party president in 1941 and recommended that the party elect a leader in 1942.
Ontario CCF leadership convention, 1942
(Held on April 3, 1942, at the Hotel Carls-Rite in Toronto)
Fifteen other individuals were nominated but declined to stand including Ontario CCF President and former Hamilton East MPP Samuel Lawrence; Allan Schroeder of St. Catharines; York West Member of Parliament Joseph W. Noseworthy; Canadian United Steelworkers of America executive director Charles Millard, lawyer Andrew Brewin; former Member of Parliament Agnes MacPhail; Toronto alderman William Dennison, CCF National Secretary David Lewis; University of Toronto professor and Toronto school trustee George Grube; teacher Everett Orlan Hall of London, Ontario; Alderman and former party president John Mitchell of Hamilton; B.E. Leavens of Toronto; Lou Isaacs; William Grant of Peterborough, and Margaret Sedgewick of Toronto.
(Note: The vote totals were not announced. 150 delegates participated in total.)
Ontario CCF leadership challenge, 1946
(Held November 23, 1946)
Ontario CCF leadership convention, 1953
|Donald C. MacDonald||127||35.6|
|Donald C. MacDonald||181||50.8||+15.2|
(Note: These totals are taken from an interview with Donald C. MacDonald several years after the convention. They do not appear to have been announced at the convention itself.)
Ontario NDP leadership convention, 1961
- MACDONALD, Donald C. acclaimed
Ontario NDP leadership challenge, 1968
|Donald C. MacDonald||859||69.9|
Ontario NDP leadership convention, 1970
Ontario NDP leadership challenge, 1972
An additional 137 ballots were spoiled. If the spoiled votes are factored in then Lewis received 74.2% support overall
Ontario NDP leadership convention, 1978
Breaugh eliminated, goes to Cassidy
Ontario NDP leadership convention, 1982
Ontario NDP leadership challenge, 1986
Ontario NDP leadership convention, 1996
(Held on June 22, 1996, at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario.)
After the first ballot, Silipo was eliminated and he endorsed Hampton. After the 2nd ballot, Kormos was eliminated but he endorsed no one and released his delegates. There were eighty spoiled ballots on the final count, mostly from disgruntled supporters of Kormos.
|Candidate||1st ballot||2nd ballot||3rd ballot|
|Name||Votes cast||%||Votes cast||%||Votes cast||%|
Ontario NDP leadership election, 2009
(Held on March 7, 2009, at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario)
Prue eliminated, endorses Bisson
Bisson eliminated, endorses Horwath
Starting with the 2009 leadership election, the Ontario NDP instituted a modified one member one vote system in which the vote is calculated so that ballots cast by labour delegates have 25% weight in the total result, while votes cast by party members have a weight of 75% in the overall result.
- "C.C.F. Names Jolliffe As Leader for Ontario: Provincial Platform Includes Planks for Agriculture and Labor". Globe and Mail. 4 April 1942.
- "Rhodes Scholar, Lawyer, is Ontario CCF Leader". Toronto Daily Star. 4 April 1942.
- "Dangerous McCarthy Minority Threat to Peace - Coldwell". Toronto Daily Star. 21 November 1953.
- "Coldwell Raps Betrayal of Canada Secrets by US". Toronto Daily Star. 21 November 1953.
- "Provincial NDP To Be Born This Weekend". Globe and Mail. 7 October 1961.
- "Quits NDP executive: Scott fails to bag support for head hunt". Globe and Mail. 23 November 1968.
- "Lewis to lead NDP in fight against U.S. influence". Toronto Daily Star. 5 October 1970.
- "Restyled Waffle delays review of policies by NDP convention". Globe and Mail. 9 December 1972.
- "Lewis steps down with tears after three-minute ovation". Globe and Mail. 6 February 1978.
- "Rae promises health-care battle". Toronto Star. 8 February 1982.