I want to put something on the table: 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
History was make this weekend when the Ontario Liberal Party picked as its leader and the next Premier (Governor) of Ontario Province its first woman. Kathleen Wynne also become the first LGBT Canadian to be elected as Premier of a Province ever in the history of the nation. She won at the Liberal Party Convention by a margin of 1,150 votes to 866.
She took the stage to accept her election as Premier with her partner Jane Rounthwaite. She thank Jane in her acceptance speech. Listen to this historic acknowledgement:
Wynne gave a remarkable speech at the Liberal Convention which help build her momentum to win. She said in that speech:
I want to put something on the table: 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.
You know, there was a time, not that long ago, when most of us in this leadership race would not have been deemed suitable. We would have been deemed unsuitable. A Portuguese-Canadian, an Indo-Canadian, an Italian-Canadian, female, gay, Catholic. Most of us could not have hoped to stand on this stage. But the province has changed. Our party has changed
Here is Wynne sharing about her life journey: