The Ontario general election of 1981 was held on March 19, 1981, to elect members of the 32nd Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. The governing Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, led by William Davis, was re-elected for a twelfth consecutive term in office; the PCs won a majority government after winning only minorities in the 1975 and 1977 elections. The Liberal Party, led by Stuart Smith, was able to maintain its standing in the Legislature, while the New Democratic Party, led by Michael Cassidy, lost a significant number of seats, allowing the Tories to win a majority. 1 Includes T. Patrick Reid, a Liberal MPP, re-elected in 1977 as a Liberal-Labour candidate. In 1981 he was re-elected as a straight Liberal. A number of unregistered parties fielded candidates in this election. There were a number of Rhinoceros Party candidates in the Toronto area, the party may have fielded candidates elsewhere in the province; the Workers Communist Party a single candidate, Judy Darcy.
Ronald G. Rodgers, founder of the Détente Party of Canada, contested a Toronto constituency. Social Credit leader Reg Gervais announced prior to the election that he planned to run in Nickel Belt, but could not follow through and resigned at a meeting of nominated candidates where John Turmel was appointed interim leader of the Ontario Social Credit Party during the campaign, though there has never been independent confirmation of this. Algoma: Bud Wildman 7096 Vyrn Peterson 4770 Dan Koob 1567Algoma—Manitoulin: John Lane 7160 Ernest Massicotte 2986 Peter Boychuk 2336Armourdale: Bruce McCaffrey 15938 Tim Rutledge 8997 Bob Hebdon 4240Beaches—Woodbine: Marion Bryden 9590 Paul Christie 9266 Wayne Cook 3140 Rhino Flosznik 252Bellwoods: Ross McClellan 5111 Walter Bardyn 4746 Tina Gabriel 2186 Sylvie Baillargeon 246 Ronald G. Rodgers 180Brampton: Bill Davis 24973 Bob Callahan 9391 David Moulton 6034 Jim Bridgewood 390Brantford: Phil Gillies 12847 Mac Makarchuk 9588 Herb German 5896Brant—Oxford—Haldimand: Robert Nixon 13067 Ian Birnie 6034 W.
E. Jefferies 2899Brock: Bob Welch 10547 Bill Andres 6882 Heather Lee Kilty 4204Burlington South: George Kerr 19037 Pearl Cameron 8953 Michael C. Wright 4942Cambridge: Bill Barlow 12597 Monty Davidson 11748 John Giles 4527 George Molson Barrett 549Carleton: Bob Mitchell 17846 Hans Daigeler 8621 Judy Wasylycia-Leis 5446 Andrew Dana Dynowski 383Carleton East: Bob MacQuarrie 15714 Bernard Grandmaitre 14028 Evelyn Gigantes 11579Carleton-Grenville: Norm Sterling 15202 Paul Raina 5764 Alan White 2391Chatham—Kent: Andy Watson 9471 Ron Franko 6508 Darcy Want 6466Cochrane North: René Piché 5910 Jean-Paul Bourgeault 5722 Emil Touchette 4426 Richard Coatsworth 274Cochrane South: Alan Pope 12540 John Sullivan 6975 Cliff Simpson 2777Cornwall: George Samis 9484 Jim Kirkey 7817 Brian Lynch 5333Don Mills: Dennis Timbrell 17516 Murad Velshi 5368 Michael Lee 4487Dovercourt: Tony Lupusella 5491 Gil Gillespie 5197 John Burigana 3416 Vince Corriero 258 Mel Doig 162Downsview: Odoardo Di Santo 8644 Joseph Volpe 7991 Ross Charles 5475Dufferin—Simcoe: George McCague 18101 Larry MacKenzie 6702 Ed Robinson 4007Durham East: Sam Cureatz 14900 Bruce McArthur 8648 Jim Potticary 7226 Jeff Hubbell 253Durham West: George Ashe 17029 Norman Wei 7446 Hugh Peacock 6578 Bill Leslie 1215Durham—York: Ross Stevenson 14404 Gary Adamson 6330 Margaret Wilbur 4314Eglinton: Roy McMurtry 17386 Keith Polson 5606 Eileen Elmy 3324 Angelo R. Cosentini 466Elgin: Ron McNeil 13119 Maurice Dillon 7306 Gord Campbell 3250Erie: Ray Haggerty 8796 Cam McKnight 5271 Barrie MacLeod 3586Essex North: Dick Ruston 9187 Marcel Lefebvre 5911 Ron Arkell 4812Essex South: Remo Mancini 10454 Wayne Patterson 5008 Blake Sanford 4349Etobicoke: Ed Philip 10373 Aileen Anderson 8024 Laureano Leone 7132Fort William: Mickey Hennessy 13038 Paul Lannon 7585 Mike Burns 3381Frontenac—Addington: J. Earl McEwen 10558 Murray Gorham 10218 Vincent Maloney 2374 Ross Baker 409 Sally Hayes 322Grey: Bob McKessock 13334 John Young 8793 Joan Stone 1629 Eric Biggins 284Grey—Bruce: Eddie Sargent 14006 Bob Rutherford 7767 Frank Butler 1455Haldimand—Norfolk: Gordon Miller 16254 Clarence Abbott 8775 Lois Berry 3744Halton—Burlington: Julian Reed 13395 Fran Baines 12877 Chris Cutler 3500Hamilton Centre: Sheila Copps 9734 Mike Davison 6930 Brenda Riis 4039Hamilton East: Robert W. Mackenzie 12773 Mike Riley 8365 Gabe Macaluso 6351Hamilton Mountain: Brian Charlton 11008 Duncan Beattie 10811 Vince Agro 8956Hamilton West: Stuart Smith 12106 Alec Murray 9788 Joy Warner 4255 Elizabeth Rowley 260Hastings—Peterborough: Jim Pollock 11528 Dave Hobson 8741 Elmer Buchanan 2968High Park—Swansea: Yuri Shymko 1147
James J. Bradley is a politician in Ontario, Canada, he was a long-serving Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, sitting as an MPP from 1977 until 2018. He represented the riding of St. Catharines and served in the provincial cabinets of David Peterson, Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne, he was elected as a regional councillor in the St. Catharines municipal election of 2018, he is the Chair of the Regional Municipality of Niagara. His 41 year term as an MPP is the second longest tenure behind only Harry Nixon. Before entering politics, Bradley was a teacher with the Lincoln County Board of Education, he was elected as a city councillor to the St. Catharines city council in 1970, but remained in the classroom until 1977. After failed bids in the elections of 1967 and 1971, Bradley was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1977 election in the riding of St. Catharines, served as MPP for that riding until the 2018 election, he fended off strong challenges from the New Democratic Party in the 1990 election and the Progressive Conservative Party in 1995 election.
On all other occasions until 2018, he was re-elected. When the Liberals came to power under David Peterson following the 1985 election, Bradley became Minister of the Environment and held that position until the Liberals were defeated in the 1990 election, he is regarded as Ontario's most effective Environment Minister, although some believe that his ambitions for the portfolio were undermined by Peterson and Finance Minister Robert Nixon. As Environment Minister, Bradley expanded Blue Box Recycling, making it a province-wide initiative, as well as instituting tough new penalties for polluters, enforced by a strengthened investigation and enforcement branch. Bradley was a vocal opponent of Peterson's plans to call an election in 1990, preferring that the party wait until 1992 before going to the polls. While the Liberals were defeated, Bradley was re-elected and had a prominent position in the Opposition benches; when Nixon, the interim leader of the Liberals, left Queen's Park to accept an appointment, he was replaced by Murray Elston.
Elston resigned as interim leader to run in the 1992 leadership convention, Bradley became interim leader of the party and interim Leader of the Opposition from November 1991 until the election of Lyn McLeod in February 1992. He remained an opposition stalwart. There was some speculation that Bradley would be re-appointed Minister of the Environment in McGuinty's government, but this did not occur. Instead, he was named Minister of Tourism and Recreation on October 23, 2003, he was given ministerial responsibility for Seniors on June 29, 2005. On October 11, 2005, Bradley was appointed to replace Dwight Duncan as Government House Leader, following Duncan's appointment as Minister of Finance. Bradley is the province's wine secretary, as well as the minister responsible for the Greenbelt. On October 30, 2007, Bradley was sworn in as Minister of Transportation in McGuinty's new cabinet; as Transportation Minister, Bradley supervised the introduction of an Ontario Enhanced driver's licenses to be used at Canada/US border crossings.
He introduced legislation to merge GO Metrolinx. Enacted tougher penalties for drivers who have a BAC of.05 or higher. Mandated that all commercial trucks that operate in Ontario be equipped with speed limiters to ensure heavy trucks don't exceed 105 km/h, and in April 2009, it was announced that GO Transit would be expanded to the Niagara region, with bus service to Burlington in September and with weekend rail service to Toronto starting at the end of June. On January 18, 2010, Bradley moved to the position of Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In August he was moved to the Ministry of Community Correctional Services. On October 20, 2011, Bradley moved to become Minister of Environment once again in the wake of the 2011 election that saw the previous Minister of Environment, John Wilkinson, defeated. Bradley continued as Environment Minister in Kathleen Wynne's first cabinet after she won the leadership of the Liberal Party. Following the 2014 provincial election, the 69-year-old Bradley became a minister without portfolio with the title of Chair of Cabinet and was appointed Deputy Government House Leader.
He left cabinet in June 2016 as part of a cabinet shuffle, served as Chief Government Whip and Deputy Government House Leader. In the 2018 election, Bradley lost his seat as the Liberal Party was defeated, losing official party status and suffering the greatest loss for any governing party in provincial history, he had served as St. Catharines MPP for 41 years. On July 27 2018, the last day registration was open, Bradley registered to run for Niagara Regional Council.. Bradley was elected on October 2018, finishing first out of 23 candidates with 18,954 votes. On December 6, 2018, Bradley was selected as the Niagara Regional Chair, being elected on the first ballot receiving 19 out of 31 votes against two other candidates. Source: The 1999, 2003 and 2007 expenditure entries are taken from official candidate reports as listed by Elections Ontario; the figures cited are the Total Candidate's Campaign Expenses Subject to Limitation, include transfers from constituency associations. The 1995 expenditures are taken from an official listing of election expenses published by Elections Ontario.
Ontario Legislative Assembly parliamentary history