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Ontario elects Canada’s first openly gay premier

Sunday, January 27, 2013

TORONTO — Canada’s most populous province is getting its first female premier and the country’s first openly gay premier after the provincial Liberals chose a new leader.

Kathleen Wynne

Former education minister Kathleen Wynne won the party’s leadership race Saturday.

Wynne is making history as Canada’s first openly gay premier, a subject she confronted head-on in a speech Saturday morning.

Wynne says Ontario is ready for a gay woman as premier and says she does not believe Ontarians hold prejudice in their hearts.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulated Wynne, and thanked outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty who is stepping down after nine years in office. He won a third term last year, but his party was reduced to a minority of the seats in the legislature and must rely on the opposition to pass legislation.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. brilliant! nicely done! <3

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 5:25pm
  2. I live in Ontario, and I am proud to see my province support equality like this. :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 5:27pm
  3. But for us in Toronto, it was one step forward but two steps back since we got our buffoon mayor thrown back at us.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 5:50pm
  4. yay!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 5:57pm
  5. I’m very happy to hear this news…We in the world have come a long way moving forward for equal rights for LGBT individuals, and it makes me so happy to finally see the world progessing in this respect. Simply put, the world is growing up. Congrats to Canada’s new Premier, and wish her all the best. God Bless.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 5:58pm
  6. Ontario’s Premier*.
    Canada doesn’t have a prime minister

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 6:08pm
  7. What? Wow!!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 6:12pm
  8. Actually, Omtario liberals elected an openly gay woman to be the leader of their party, which happens to be the party in power. The people of Ontario did not elect her as their premier. We have to wait for the next provincial election for that.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 6:36pm
  9. yes

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 7:01pm
  10. yeah

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 7:13pm
  11. yep

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 7:38pm
  12. What’s a premier ?

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 7:43pm
  13. Head of a Canadian province, similar to a Governor in the U.S.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 9:17pm
  14. Wow!

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 9:28pm
  15. Sweet!

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 9:55pm
  16. Yay!

    Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 9:39am
  17. so,you think that you are what your dick or vagina tells you you are?

    Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 9:48am