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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: An Introduction to Politics in Ontario

History, Political Science
1 lesson
To gain some initial impressions and information about recent political events in Ontario
In this introductory activity, students will explore the main personalities, events, and issues in Ontario politics from the mid-1980s to the present day.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Brainstorm what students know about politics in Ontario. Identify the current premier, the party in power, and the main opposition parties and their leaders. Ask: Why is Ontario such an important province in Canada? Why are people in other parts of Canada concerned about political developments in Ontario?

Outline the Opportunity

Direct students to the topic Ontario Elections: 25 Tumultuous Years on the CBC Digital Archives website. As they explore the topic, students will compile a list of the most important elections and personalities in Ontario from 1985 to the present day. In groups, students will then share their information and impressions about Ontario politics and will prepare a short report on what they learned.

Revisit and Reflect

Have each group present its report, identifying the key events and participants in Ontario politics from 1985 to today. Discuss the following statement: After decades of stability, the political scene in Ontario has been tumultuous and unpredictable since the mid-1980s.


Students can reflect in their journals about why Ontario politics has been so tumultuous in the past 20 years.

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