Ontario general election, 1908

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Ontario general election, 1908

← 1905 June 8, 1908 1911 →

106 seats in the 12th Legislative Assembly of Ontario
54 seats were needed for a majority

  First party Second party
  James Whitney.jpg Alexander Grant MacKay.jpg
Leader James P. Whitney Alexander Grant MacKay
Party Conservative Liberal
Leader since 1896 1907
Leader's seat Dundas Grey North
Last election 69 28
Seats won 86 19
Seat change +17 -9

Premier before election

James P. Whitney


James P. Whitney

The Ontario general election, 1908 was the 12th general election held in the Province of Ontario, Canada. It was held on June 8, 1908, to elect the 106 Members of the 12th Legislative Assembly of Ontario ("MLAs").

The Ontario Conservative Party, led by Sir James P. Whitney, was elected for a second term in government, increasing its majority in the Legislature significantly.

The Ontario Liberal Party, led by Alexander Grant MacKay, continued to lose seats.

Allan Studholme became the province's first Labour MLA as the result of a 1906 Hamilton East by-election. He was re-elected in the 1908 general election and would remain in the legislature until his death in 1919.


  Party Leader 1905 Elected % change
  Conservative James P. Whitney 69 86 +24.6%
  Liberal Alexander Grant MacKay 28 19 -25.0%
     Labour     1  
  Liberal Independent   1 -  
Total Seats 98 106 +8.2%

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