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Gay Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne Brings Wife on Stage After Election Victory: VIDEO


Ontario elected its first female and lesbian premier Kathleen Wynne last night. Her election also came with a majority government for the Liberals. Wynne brought her wife Jane Rounthwaite up on stage to thank her for her support in a campaign that was largely void of any issues related to her sexual orientation.

The Toronto Sun reports:

In her speech, Wynne called Ontario a "where anyone can be the premier."

"This is a beautiful, inclusive place that we live in," she said.

Thursday's win continues the Liberals' 11-year grip on power at Queen's Park and breaks the shackles of minority government status. It also marks Wynne's first successful test as Liberal leader with the electorate and the second loss served up to Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak - who resigned as leader shortly after the results were announced.

Not surprisingly, Wynne also managed to keep her own seat. She was re-elected Thursday night in Don Valley West - she's held the Toronto seat since 2003.

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

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  1. Again Canada is leading the US which still has no openly gay governor. Of course the "gay American" doesn't count.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 13, 2014 10:54:07 AM

  2. never liked TO but this changes everything. I think the one on the right is the wife, dresses better. good luck to you Premier.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Jun 13, 2014 11:02:52 AM

  3. While Texas is planning reparative therapy and governors are fighting same-sex marriage in many states here's an example of what can be done when people live in an inclusive society like Ontario where there are strong anti-discrimination laws, children are taught equality in classrooms and there are no rightwingnuts running around demanding "religious rights and freedoms" (a license to be bigoted to fellow citizens). Congratulations to Premier Kathleen and her wife!!

    Posted by: shanestud | Jun 13, 2014 11:18:55 AM

  4. Still hating on Canada?.... Bitches???

    Canada Rules...

    Posted by: styler | Jun 13, 2014 12:06:18 PM

  5. And now the province goes bankrupt

    Posted by: Will | Jun 13, 2014 12:11:09 PM

  6. Simon:

    Mike Michaud is favored to win in Maine in November, so the first openly-gay-when-elected governor is in the same year as this election, it's just a matter of scheduling, not a homophobia comparison.

    Posted by: Jackster | Jun 13, 2014 12:14:00 PM

  7. Andy, I'm glad you covered this worthwhile story, though surprised that you quoted from the Toronto Sun, a right-wing rag equivalent to the New York Post...

    Posted by: Rafael | Jun 13, 2014 12:20:56 PM

  8. for the record, she's the first openly gay head of government in the Commonwealth.

    Posted by: northoftheborderguy | Jun 13, 2014 12:38:47 PM

  9. And now Ontario's economy goes belly-up

    Posted by: Jmac | Jun 13, 2014 12:51:15 PM

  10. Ontario has 10 times Maine's population, between Illinois and Florida.

    This wasn't a coat-tails election - she was the face of the campaign and overcame the disastrous policies of her predecessor to grab an unexpected majority in HER election.

    In her own constituency (Don Valley West) she got 57% of the votes.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Jun 13, 2014 1:14:40 PM

  11. It was a brilliant night to be an Ontarian.

    the NDP, pathetically, swung right to get votes. The Liberal party, under the leadership of the incredible Kathleen Wynne, did the opposite - and really swung Left. And WON.

    Horwath calling this election was rank opportunism - and it came back to bite her in the @ss. Hudak? WHOOO DAT?? Bye bye. You won't be missed.

    This was a great moment in Ontario - showing that we have no room for American tea-party style nonsense in our politics.

    And with this election win last night, Wynne cements herself, *again*, in Canadian history. Well met!

    Cheers to a liberal majority, let's get to work.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 13, 2014 1:28:12 PM

  12. What are these comments about Ontario going bankrupt, belly-up? Based on what? Some idea that women are not capable of handing money?
    Just stupid. I also say cheers to Ms. Wynne (Win!—clever) and wife, once again Canada shows its moral superiority, in the the good sense.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Jun 13, 2014 1:36:56 PM

  13. For the benefit of American readers, we should clarify that premiers aren't elected in a Westminster system like Canada's. Wynne was first elected as an MPP in 2003 and was appointed as the Premier of Ontario after winning the leadership of the governing Liberal Party in 2013. This was her first general election as leader. Winning a majority in a general election is typically seen as renewing the mandate of existing premiers like Wynne.

    Wynne was preceded as the first lesbian head of government in the Commonwealth by Lynne Brown, the Premier of the Western Cape in South Africa from 2008 to 2009.

    Posted by: Gary | Jun 13, 2014 2:58:00 PM

  14. @tinkerbelle, the liberal government has made ontario a have not province and under their leadership is driving out small business and most manufacturing jobs. Ontario has more debt than the state of California and we have no where near the population of California. The liberal party will keep spending money we don't have and increase that debt. No one is saying because of a woman or a lesbian. The entire liberal party is a joke at this point.

    Posted by: Will | Jun 13, 2014 3:28:08 PM

  15. Go., Kathleen! A woman of character and intelligence and integrity.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jun 13, 2014 3:50:50 PM

  16. @Will The joke was Tim Hudak saying he would create 1 million jobs in 8 years while cutting 100,000 government jobs in his 1st. His math didn't add up and he scared the crap out of most Ontario voters. That along with corporate tax cuts that he promised that would add up to 3 billion, that would have to be cut from somewhere (public services) meant that even conservative economists said he was fudging the numbers. His argument was that he "believed in his heart that the cuts would lead to jobs". Kathleen Wynne inherited a huge number of scandals (some of which she may have been involved in) and still overcame them to win a MAJORITY government. Stop with the sour grapes already. This was Hudak's election to loose and the CONservatives foud a way to do it.

    Posted by: mcgscooter | Jun 13, 2014 4:06:25 PM

  17. @mcgscooter, yes you are right. However the liberals cannot continue spending like this. The gas plant scandals, the 20 year contract with samsung. I just hope we don't continue down that path. I didn't like any of the party platforms so I voted green. Jack would have had my vote but god rest his soul.

    Posted by: Will | Jun 13, 2014 5:28:40 PM

  18. @mcgscooter, yes you are right. However the liberals cannot continue spending like this. The gas plant scandals, the 20 year contract with samsung. I just hope we don't continue down that path. I didn't like any of the party platforms so I voted green. Jack would have had my vote but god rest his soul.

    Posted by: Will | Jun 13, 2014 5:29:04 PM

  19. Well, I don't think we will see an elected to office female prime minister. But it is sure a great thing that we have so many women premiers rising to the top this past few years. Not saying they are any better or worse than some of their counterparts, just that they are now gaining equal footing in what used to be a boys only club. Good on you Ms Wynne! Proud once again to be Canadian.

    Posted by: 604Brian | Jun 14, 2014 12:45:54 AM

  20. Tinkerbelle, it's not because she's a woman, it's because she's a Liberal (you know, that whole "tax and spend" thing.)

    Posted by: Craig S | Jun 14, 2014 10:50:56 AM

  21. @Will: did the PC's and NDP not call for the cancellation of those gas plants too? For our American friends: Liberals in Canada are more centre, not far left liberals that you like to paint the Democrats as. The "Progressive" Conservatives are more right of centre, although had been drifting into a harder Tea Party right direction but this election may see some soul searching on that front. The NDP are on the left and would be considered "liberal" by your standards.

    Posted by: LORDSIMCOE | Jun 14, 2014 2:19:25 PM

  22. First off the power production contract is not with Samsung, but wiht Pattern - secondly, power production revenue comes from the ratepayers and not the provincial treasury. Renewables has only contributed 5% to the overall increase in electricity rates in the Province.

    Futhermore, comparing Ontario to California is non-sense. A majority of our funds are spent on healthcare, which is not an American tradition. We spend the least per capita compared to all other Canadian provinces.

    The OLP bought votes this year, but they will go head-to-head with the unions over the next three years. The Education unions are already prep-ing to strike.

    You may disagree with a Liberal government, but we had no other alternatives - cutting services, but also cutting taxes under a PC government had no guarantee to balance our books.

    Posted by: Marc | Jun 14, 2014 3:04:40 PM

  23. Craig S, what do you think governments are supposed to do as an alternative to "taxing and spending"?

    Posted by: Rafael | Jun 14, 2014 10:24:11 PM

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