1963 Ontario general election

The 1963 Ontario general election was held on September 25, 1963, to elect the 108 members of the 27th Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Members of Provincial Parliament, or "MPPs") of the Province of Ontario.[1]

1963 Ontario general election

 1959 September 25, 1963 1967 

108 seats in the 27th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
55 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  LIB
Leader John Robarts John Wintermeyer Donald C. MacDonald
Party Progressive Conservative Liberal New Democratic
Leader since October 25, 1961 April 20, 1958 November 21, 1953
Leader's seat London North Waterloo North (lost re-election) York South
Last election 71 22 5
Seats won 77 24 7
Seat change 6 2 2
Percentage 48.9% 35.3% 15.5%
Swing 2.6pp 1.3pp 1.2pp

Premier before election

John Robarts
Progressive Conservative

Premier after election

John Robarts
Progressive Conservative

The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, led by John Robarts, who had replaced Leslie Frost as PC leader and premier in 1961, won a seventh consecutive term in office, and maintained its majority in the legislature, increasing its caucus from the 71 members elected in the previous election to 77 members in an enlarged legislature.

The Ontario Liberal Party, led by John Wintermeyer, increased its caucus from 22 to 24 members, although Wintermeyer lost his seat of Waterloo North. He resigned as party leader but the Liberals continued in their role of official opposition. Robert Gibson of Kenora was re-elected as a Liberal-Labour MPP sitting with the Liberal caucus.

The social democratic Co-operative Commonwealth Federation was formally dissolved and succeeded by the Ontario New Democratic Party in 1961. The newly conglomerated party was still led by Donald C. MacDonald, and won two additional seats, for a total of seven.