History was made last week after Kathleen Wynne became both the first female Leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario (LPO), and subsequently, the Premiere of Ontario.
The final tally resulted in 56% of delegates voting for Ms. Wynne and 44% for Ms. Sandra Pupatello.
Wynne said she plans to reconvene the Legislature on February 19.
Ms. Wynne galvanized her campaign at the LPO’s leadership convention last week after delivering a speech that will likely be etched in the history books of Ontario politics.
“I want to put something on the table,” Wynne said during her speech at last week’s leadership convention. “Is Ontario ready for a gay Premier? You’ve heard that question. You’ve all heard that question. But let’s say what that actually means. Can a gay woman win? That’s what it means. Not surprisingly, I have an answer to that question. When I ran in 2003, I was told that the people of North Toronto and the people of Thorncliffe Park weren’t ready for a gay woman. Well, apparently they were.”
Ms. Wynne became Ontario’s first openly gay Premier, winning the leadership on the third ballot with 1,150 votes to Pupatello’s 866.
Wynne, who grew up in Richmond Hill, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University, a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies and Education.
Wynne has represented Toronto’s riding of Don Valley West since 2003 and has worked as a Minister of transportation, education and aboriginal affairs.
With several high-priority issues the province is facing like the two power plant cancellations, the Ornge air ambulance scandal, the unwavering deficit and unemployment rate, Wynne has her hands full once legislature resumes.
In her first week as Ontario’s Premiere-elect, Wynne has already had discussion with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford regarding a pledge to tackle GTA traffic gridlock, according to the Toronto Star.