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Ascending In Ontario, Kathleen Wynne Becomes Canada's First LGBT Premier


Kathleen Wynne helped Canada hit two milestones yesterday when she became the new premier of Ontario. She's both the province's first female premier and the entire Canadian nation's first openly gay premier.

"The province has changed, our party has changed," Wynne, leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, said. "I do not believe that the people of Ontario … hold that prejudice in their hearts."

Here's more from her speech, about the long road she's walked:

Let's put something on the table: Is Ontario ready for a gay premier? You've heard that question.

Let's say what that actually means: Can a gay woman win?

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.

You know, there was a time, not that long ago. When most of us in this race would have been deemed unsuitable, A Portuguese-Canadian, an Indo-Canadian, Italian-Canadian, female, gay, Catholic - Most of us could not have hoped to stand on this stage, but this province has changed.

Our party has changed.

I don't believe the people of Ontario judge their leaders on the basis of race, color or sexual orientation – I don't believe they hold that prejudice in their hearts.

They judge us on our merits – On our abilities, on our expertise, on our ideas – Because that is how everyone deserves to be judged. That is how we want our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews to be judged.

So, when it is time for me to take us into the next general election, I will do it on the basis of our merits, based on our success.

Wynne is more than a politician who overcame homophobia to win her position. She's also a mother of three, speaks four languages, holds two master's, one in linguistics and the other in adult education, and also studied meditation at Harvard, which sounds like something every politicians, gay or straight, should do...

Watch Wynne's speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Actually, Jared, if you look at their overall record the NDP has a much better and more consistent track record of bringing in balanced budgets than either the Liberals or the Conservatives ever have. But by all means, don't let the facts stand in your way.

    Posted by: Craig S | Jan 27, 2013 4:29:32 PM

  2. I'm not a fan of our system of electing premiers outside of the provincial election process. It's tremendously undemocratic.

    But I'm glad for Wynne's win. Hopefully it won't be as short as Kim Campbell's prime minister career.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 27, 2013 5:19:19 PM

  3. I hate Rob Ford, but the case to throw him out was far too flimsy. I'm afraid we can't bend the laws just because we despise him.

    Posted by: Eric26 | Jan 27, 2013 7:59:48 PM

  4. Yes, HUE-MAN,

    I'm aware in the parliamentary system there is no direct voter election of leaders. I was just trying to point this out to especially Americans. We do vote directly for governors, senators, presidents.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 28, 2013 9:43:58 AM

  5. Hallelujah and congratulations to Canada for having an openly gay leader for its largest province! Has American had any openly gay governors?

    Posted by: DB | Jan 28, 2013 1:40:14 PM

  6. She will get destroyed in the election and it is not much of an achievement to only get elected by 2000 members of your own party. She is too left-wing for a party that must compete with another left-wing party (NDP).

    As a gay man, I'd never vote for a lesbian due to their personality and not who they sleep with. Most gay guys I know have little in common with them and can't stand the grouping of LGBT.

    Posted by: Toronto34 | Jan 28, 2013 7:31:55 PM

  7. Although it should be said that I only know three other gay men and the only thing we have in common is a shared hatred of women and trans people, which we all learned from the men in our families, who hate women even more than they hate gay men.

    Posted by: Toronto34 | Jan 28, 2013 7:41:27 PM

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