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Ontario general election, 2007

Election NameOntario general election, 2007
Previous ElectionOntario general election, 2003
Previous Year2003
Previous Mps38th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Next ElectionOntario general election, 2011
Next Year2011
Next Mps39th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Seats For Election107 seats in the 39th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
54 seats were needed for a majority
Election DateOctober 10, 2007
Leader1Dalton McGuinty
Party1Liberal Party of Ontario
Leaders Seat1Ottawa South
Last Election172
Seat Change1-1
Popular Vote11,867,273
Leader2John Tory
Party2Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Leaders Seat2Dufferin-Peel-
candidate in Don Valley West (Lost)
Last Election224
Seat Change2+2
Popular Vote21,398,806
Leader3Howard Hampton
Party3Ontario New Democratic Party
Leaders Seat3Kenora-Rainy River
Last Election37
Seat Change3+3
Popular Vote3741,465
Map ImageOntario2007.png
Map Size250px
Before ElectionDalton McGuinty
Before PartyLiberal Party of Ontario
After ElectionDalton McGuinty
After PartyLiberal Party of Ontario

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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 Liberals under Dalton McGuinty won the election with a majority government, winning 71 out of a possible 107 seats with 42.2% of the popular vote. The election set a record for the lowest voter turnout in an Ontario provincial election; only 52.8% people who were eligible voted. This broke the previous record of 54.7% in the 1923 election.

As a result of legislation passed by the Legislature in 2004, election dates are now fixed by formula so that an election is held approximately four years after the previous election, unless the government is defeated by a vote of "no confidence" in the Legislature. Previously, the governing party had considerable flexibility to determine the date of an election anywhere up to five years of being elected. The date of this election was originally presumed to be October 4, 2007; however, the law fixes the date on the first Thursday of October or on any day within seven days thereof if required to accommodate a date of "religious or cultural significance". The date was set as October 10, 2007 to avoid a conflict with the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, which fell on October 4, 2007.

In the same election, there was a provincial referendum on whether to change from first-past-the-post to mixed member proportional representation, as recommended by the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform. This measure failed, with 37% of the participating electorate and 5 out of 107 ridings voting for the new system; a 60% supermajority was required province-wide, with at least half the ridings also supporting it by a simple majority.

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