At the ONDP's first convention after the election defeat of 1999, two resolutions dealing with electoral reform made it to the convention floor for debate.
This comes after the ONDP had already adopted a resolution favouring PR at its 1998 biennial convention.
In its unexpected election victory in 1990, the ONDP managed to parlay just under 38 per cent of the popular vote into 57 per cent of the seats in the legislature.
At the time of the 1995 OFL convention, they held to the 1993 OFL majority's position of withdrawing support from the Ontario NDP (ONDP).
The hook was that the deal, made before convention, included an understanding that the Pink Paper Unions would seek an amendment to commit the OFL to unconditional support of the ONDP. It was a high level game of chicken since, if the amendment failed, the OFL would face an organizational split, with the Pink Paper unions walking out of the convention as they had done during the 1993 OFL convention.