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Kathleen Wynne Biography: 6 Things To Know About The Liberal Leader

06/11/2014 12:51 EDT

As the Ontario election campaign comes to a close, it's time to learn a little more about the people who are vying for votes on June 12.

Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne, Canada's first openly gay premier, is fighting to keep her party in power after a series of scandals. They include the cancellation of gas plants, irregularities involving the Ornge air ambulance service and a bailout for the MaRS research complex in downtown Toronto.

But who is Kathleen Wynne? How did she get to where she is today, and who are the people who helped her?

Here are six things to know about the Liberal leader.

  • Partner
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    Wynne came out as a lesbian when she was 37 years old. She married partner Jane Rounthwaite in 2005 after meeting her at Queen's University 30 years prior. They met when Rounthwaite interviewed her for the job of floor proctor.
  • Public Servant
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    Before being elected as an MPP for Don Valley West, she was a trustee for Ward 8 on the Toronto District School Board. She also worked as a conflict mediation professional.
  • Defiant
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    When she first ran in Don Valley West in 2003, she was told that a gay woman could not win. She did anyway.
  • Giant-Killer
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    She defeated then-PC leader and now Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory in the riding of Don Valley West in 2007, making him the first party leader to lose a seat in 17 years.
  • Trailblazer
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    Wynne is Canada's first openly gay premier and Ontario's first female premier.
  • Athlete
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With files from The Canadian Press