|25th Premier of Ontario|
February 11, 2013
|Lieutenant Governor||David Onley|
|Preceded by||Dalton McGuinty|
|Minister of Agriculture and Food|
February 11, 2013
|Preceded by||Ted McMeekin|
|Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party|
January 26, 2013
|Preceded by||Dalton McGuinty|
|Member of the Provincial Parliament
for Don Valley West
October 2, 2003
|Preceded by||David Turnbull|
|Born||Kathleen O'Day Wynne
May 21, 1953
Richmond Hill, Ontario
|Spouse(s)||Phil Cowperthwaite (m. 1977; div. 1991)
Jane Rounthwaite (m. 2005)
|Domestic partner||Jane Rounthwaite (1991-2005)|
|Relations||Dr. John B. Wynne (Father), Patsy O'Day (Mother), Dr. C. S. Wynne (Grandfather), Professor Arthur M. Wynne (Great Uncle)|
|Alma mater||Queen's University
University of Toronto
|Religion||United Church of Canada|
Kathleen O'Day Wynne (born May 21, 1953) is a politician in Ontario, the 25th and current Premier of Ontario and a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Don Valley West for the Liberal Party. She is the first premier in Canada to be openly gay and the first female premier of Ontario.
Wynne grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Queen's University and a Master of Arts degree in linguistics from the University of Toronto. She achieved a Master of Education degree in adult education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto). She has also completed a one-week course in mediation training at Harvard University. She was a member of the discipline committee of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists from 1997 to 2000.
Wynne served as president of the Toronto Institute of Human Relations. In 1996, she helped found Citizens for Local Democracy, which opposed the efforts of Ontario's Progressive Conservative government to amalgamate the City of Toronto. She also founded the Metro Parent Network (now the Toronto Parent Network) which supports improvements in the province's public education system, and has participated in numerous other community endeavours. Wynne helped found MAD for Dancing, a community fundraising group that has donated over $50,000 to organizations that support gay and lesbian youth.
Prior to her coming out at age 37 she was married to her husband Phil Cowperthwaite, with whom she had three children. She now lives with her partner Jane Rounthwaite whom she married in July 2005 at Fairlawn Avenue United Church in Toronto. Wynne is a member of the United Church of Canada.
Wynne first ran for trustee in 1994 in ward 12 but was defeated by Ann Vanstone. In 2000, she ran again and was elected as a public school trustee in Toronto's ward 8. During the campaign she was labelled an "extremist lesbian" in literature distributed by the "Concerned Citizens of North York and North Toronto". This was the ratepayer group that later supported Karen Stintz in her campaign against local councillor Anne Johnston. She strongly opposed cuts to public education mandated by the Conservative government.
In 2001, she helped pass a measure encouraging public schools to purchase teaching materials reflecting the presence of gay and lesbian parents in modern society. In December 2001, Wynne ran for chair of the school board but was defeated by Donna Cansfield in a 12–10 vote.
Wynne was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 2003 provincial election, defeating Progressive Conservative cabinet minister David Turnbull by over 5,000 votes. The Liberals won the election, and Wynne was appointed parliamentary assistant to Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Mary Anne Chambers in October 2003. In October 2004, she was appointed parliamentary assistant to Minister of Education Gerard Kennedy. From June 2005 to November 2005 she served as a member of the Select Committee on Electoral Reform, which recommended "that the referendum be binding upon a vote of 50% + 1, and the support of 50% + 1 in at least two-thirds (i.e., 71) of the ridings or any other formula that ensures the result has support from Northern, rural, and urban areas of the Province," although the cabinet subsequently decided on 100
On September 18, 2006, she was promoted to Minister of Education in a cabinet shuffle occasioned by the resignation of Joe Cordiano from the Legislature. She was the province's first openly lesbian cabinet minister, and only the second openly LGBT cabinet minister after Deputy Premier George Smitherman. On January 18, 2010, she was moved to Minister of Transportation and in 2011 she was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Aboriginal Affairs.
In the 2007 provincial election, Wynne was challenged by the PC leader John Tory. Tory, who was elected to Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey (former PC leader Ernie Eves' riding) in a by-election, was seeking a seat in a Toronto-area riding. Though it was projected to be a close race, Wynne was re-elected with 50.4 percent of the popular vote, defeating Tory who came in second with 39.7 of the popular vote.
Wynne was also instrumental in establishing the first Minister's Student Advisory Council, a group of sixty students from all parts of the education system and regions of the province to share their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education on how to ensure Ontario's schools remain competitive.
Premier McGuinty announced on October 15, 2012, that he would resign as leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario and premier of the province once his successor was chosen. On November 2, 2012, Wynne resigned her cabinet post and three days later launched her bid for the leadership of the party. Wynne was seen as having the strongest on-the-ground organization among the seven candidates and along with former MPP Sandra Pupatello was one of the frontrunners. She had the most supporters running to be delegates at the convention, with 1,533, and the only candidate to have supporters in place in all 107 of the province's ridings. Days before members were to begin electing delegates Glen Murray announced he was exiting the leadership race and endorsed Wynne's candidacy. Despite running the most supporters for delegate positions Wynne placed second, with 468 delegates, behind Pupatello who had 509 delegates. Pupatello was also believed to have the most support among ex-officio delegates, which are MPPs, MPs, defeated candidates and other Liberal insiders, and was expected to increase her lead over Wynne on the first ballot at the convention.
At the convention on January 26, 2013, Wynne surprised many with her strong speech to delegates. In the speech she discussed repairing relations with teachers, working with opposition parties, and took aim at her main rival Pupatello, who doesn't hold a seat, by saying that she was ready to govern and would recall the legislature on February 19. Wynne also addressed her sexuality saying; "When I ran in 2003, I was told that the people of North Toronto and Thorncliffe Park weren’t ready to elect a gay woman. Well, apparently they were." She went on to say that "I don’t believe the people of Ontario judge their leaders on the basis of race, colour or sexual orientation – I don’t believe they hold that prejudice in their hearts."
When the first ballot results were announced Wynne received 597 votes, trailing Pupatello by only two votes. Eric Hoskins received the fewest votes of the six candidates and was therefore eliminated. Hoskins threw his support behind Wynne while fourth place candidate Harinder Takhar announced he was endorsing Pupatello. On the second ballot Pupatello's lead grew to 67 votes over Wynne. Takhar, whose name was left on the second ballot, finished last and was eliminated from the race. Gerard Kennedy and Charles Sousa, who finished third and fourth respectively, withdrew from the race and both endorsed Wynne. With the support of both Kennedy and Sousa, her win was all but guaranteed on the third ballot. When the results of that ballot were announced Wynne received 57 per cent of the votes compared to 43 per cent for Pupatello.
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|Ontario general election, 2011|
|Progressive Conservative||Andrea Mandel-Campbell||12,827||30.60||-9.0|
|New Democratic||Khalid Ahmed||3,621||8.64||+3.8|
|Independent (Vegan Environmental Party)||Rosemary Waigh||108||0.26|
|Total valid votes||41,917||100.00|
|Source: Elections Ontario.|
|Ontario general election, 2007|
|Progressive Conservative||John Tory||18,156||39.68||+0.72|
|New Democratic||Mike Kenny||2,138||4.67||-1.02|
|Family Coalition||Daniel Kidd||183||0.40|
|Total valid votes||45,759||100.00|
|Source: Elections Ontario.|
|Ontario general election, 2003|
|Progressive Conservative||David Turnbull||17,394||38.95||-11.57|
|New Democratic||Ali Naqvi||2,540||5.69||+1.00|
|Total valid votes||44,661||100.00|
|Source: Elections Ontario.|
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February 11, 2013–present
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February 11, 2013–present
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