An MPP's office signed up for OntarioMonitor.ca near the end of 2016 looking to find out the relative ranks of MPP's speeches. The 5 top speakers (by word count) are: 1. Bill Walker (PC) 2. France Gélinas (NDP) 3. Peter Tabuns (NDP) 4. Catherine Fife (NDP) 5. Percy Hatfield (NDP).

The MPP with the highest average number of words per speech (table below) was Lorenzo Berardinetti (L). Lorenzo had almost the exact same number of average words per speech as the runner-up: Ernie Hardeman (PC).

The top three speakers by total number of speeches are the leaders of the three main parties: 1. Kathleen O. Wynne 2. Patrick Brown and 3. Andrea Horvath.

Here's the data for 2016:

Top 20 Speakers by Total # of Words Spoken

MPP NameTotal # of Words# of SpeechesAverage Words per Speech
Bill Walker127965336380.8482143
France Gélinas120772375322.0586667
Peter Tabuns112225228492.2149123
Catherine Fife109982322341.5590062
Percy Hatfield102828353291.2974504
Kathleen O. Wynne101222134075.53880597
John Yakabuski89727515174.2271845
Jagmeet Singh84368258327.0077519
Patrick Brown84065605138.9504132
Andrea Horwath82910546151.8498168
Victor Fedeli81527310262.9903226
Lisa Gretzky79167197401.8629442
Jennifer K. French78289181432.5359116
Yasir Naqvi77705434179.0437788
Lisa M. Thompson75036242310.0661157
Todd Smith74780261286.51341
Arthur Potts74686317235.6025237
John Vanthof73046312234.1217949
Gila Martow72897228319.7236842
Peggy Sattler71196192370.8125

Top 20 Speakers by Average # of Words

MPP NameTotal # of Words# of SpeechesAverage Words per Speech
Lorenzo Berardinetti2478846538.8695652
Ernie Hardeman70565131538.6641221
Peter Tabuns112225228492.2149123
Jennifer K. French78289181432.5359116
Lisa Gretzky79167197401.8629442
Yvan Baker41842107391.046729
Cheri DiNovo62241162384.2037037
Bill Walker127965336380.8482143
Bob Delaney43791118371.1101695
Peggy Sattler71196192370.8125
Ted Arnott43903119368.9327731
Eleanor McMahon3522897363.1752577
Catherine Fife109982322341.5590062
Jim McDonell65336192340.2916667
Michael Mantha49615146339.8287671
Julia Munro35988108333.2222222
Jagmeet Singh84368258327.0077519
France Gélinas120772375322.0586667
Gila Martow72897228319.7236842
Lorne Coe43124138312.4927536

Note: the table above is for speakers with 3 or more speeches in 2016.

Top 10 Speakers by # of Speeches

MPP NameTotal # of Words# of SpeechesAverage Words per Speech
Kathleen O. Wynne101222134075.53880597
Patrick Brown84065605138.9504132
Andrea Horwath82910546151.8498168
John Yakabuski89727515174.2271845
Eric Hoskins65922498132.373494
Yasir Naqvi77705434179.0437788
Deborah Matthews3229042975.26806527
France Gélinas120772375322.0586667
Percy Hatfield102828353291.2974504
Glen R. Murray68502344199.1337209

Methodology Notes

The information above was tabulated based on OntarioMonitor.ca's database of Hansard speeches. Administrative speeches (e.g. the Speaker) have been removed and not counted towards the totals above. Speaker totals were aggregated based on the names as provided by the clerks who drafted the Hansard transcript and every once in a while there is a misspelling that would result in undercounting a speaker's speeches, although the effect on the totals should be minimal. The total above also exclude speeches in committees which are very significant for some MPPs so the numbers shouldn't be taken as a numerical assessment of an MPP's involvement in the legislative process. In 2016 there were approximately 20,000 speeches in the House and ~24000 speeches in committees, by MPPs. If you are interested in obtaining further numbers please contact addy@ontariomonitor.ca.