Ontario Liberals Just Lost Official Party Status
While Kathleen Wynne was re-elected in her own riding of Don Valley West, the Liberals fell just shy of the eight seats needed to maintain official party status in the province of Ontario, with MPs elected in just seven ridings.
Recognized parties are entitled to speak during debates and are guaranteed the opportunity to pose questions during question period. They receive public money to establish party offices to help them with research and other organizational tasks.
“They don’t get money for research, at the legislature. They don’t get representation on legislative committees. It means that they don’t get recognized during question period as a party, which means they’ll have a hard time raising questions,” said Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto.
Wiseman called the result “quite unusual,” though it’s not unheard of. A frequently-referenced example of a major Canadian political party losing official party status is the governing Progressive Conservatives dropping to just two seats from 154 with Kim Campbell during the 1993 federal election.