Kathleen Wynne's victory speech conveyed the theme of teamwork at the Ontario Liberal leadership convention Saturday night.
"Believe it or not, this was the easy part," she said of her win. "Now we have the challenges ahead of us, and we’re going to need all of us working together."
Wynne bested opponent Sandra Pupatello on the third ballot, and will become Ontario's first female premier and the first openly gay premier in Canada.
During the speech, she thanked her family, her spouse Jane Rounthwaite and her campaign team, and invited fellow candidates and caucus members up on stage to celebrate with her -- so many, in fact, she said she felt the stage moving.
"Lest anyone think that I am not going to draw on the ideas of all these people, that's not the case," she said. "There is no way to be an effective premier of this province unless we listen, unless I listen to the ideas and the concerns that come from these people."
Outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty also joined her on stage.
In her speech, she said the Liberals have to be prepared for a new campaign while leading a minority government.
She also addressed the Toronto-centrism that some believed would be an issue for her during the campaign; of the Ontario Liberal leadership candidates, only Pupatello lives outside the Greater Toronto Area, according to The Inside Agenda Blog.
"I am going to be the premier for the whole province," she said.
Video courtesy of Global News.
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