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Four Jews Chosen for Ontario Provincial Parliament; Three Are Incumbents

October 23, 1967
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Four Jewish members of the Ontario Parliament were elected or reelected in Ontario general elections, according to tabulations completed yesterday. Three were incumbents. They are Alan Grossman. Minister of Reform Institutions in the Progressive Conservative Government, Toronto; Vernon Singer, deputy leader of the Liberal opposition party, who defeated his Jewish opponent, Murray Chusid, of the New Democratic Party by only 27 votes, in Downsview, a Toronto suburb; and Stephen Lewis, of the New Democratic Party from Scarboro West, another Toronto suburb.

The new Jewish member is Morton Shulman, a physician, known as Toronto’s “fighting coroner.” A former Conservative, he joined the New Democratic Party and won a seat from Toronto-High Park. Because of the closeness of the vote in the Singer-Chusid contest, a recount has been scheduled. The only constituency in the contests with a substantial Jewish vote is that of Downsview, where Jews constitute 40 percent of the voters.

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