Kathleen Wynne

Kathleen Wynne

Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West, and she became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January, 2013.  


Family story:

Wynne's mother was a British subject who grew up in the Bahamas before immigrating to Canada. Kathleen grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Prior to her coming out at age 37, she was married with three children. She now lives with her partner Jane. Wynne is a member of the United Church of Canada. 



Former pre-occupations:


Political beginnings:


Lost:  Premier Wynne first ran for trustee in 1994 in Toronto but was defeated.  
Won:  In 2000, she ran again and was elected as a public school trustee in Toronto's ward 8.  
Lost:  In December 2001, Wynne ran for chair of the school board but was defeated by another strong female candidate.  
Won:  Wynne was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 2003 provincial election. 
Served:  She has served as  Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Education. 

Leadership bid:


 Claim to fame/highlights:



This Premier's profile is part of EV's summer news series on the occasion of the annual Premiers' meeting at Niagara on the Lake in July 2013. This year, a historic six women premiers were at the table representing nearly half of all Premiers. Read more here.