Kathleen Wynne is the Premier of Ontario, a position which she has held since February 2013, when she took over following Dalton McGuinty’s resignation. At that time, she became Ontario’s first female Premier, and the first openly gay Premier in Canada’s history. In her first election, held in June 2014 after losing a no-confidence vote, Wynne led the party back to a majority government.
Prior to running for the leadership bid, Wynne served as Ontario’s Minister of Education from 2006 to 2010, Minister of Transportation from 2010 to 2011, and held two portfolios from 2011 to 2012, as both Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Indigenous Affair. As Education Minister, she implemented full-day kindergarten.
In the Ontario budget, hospitals will receive their first increase in base funding in over five years.
Prior to entering politics, Wynne was a tutor and teacher of English as a second language. Additionally, she served as president of the Toronto Institute of Human Relations, an organization dedicated to training counsellors and psychotherapists. In 1994, she ran unsuccessfully for a seat on Toronto’s public school board.
Wynne also has significant experience in mobilizing and organizing activists. She helped found Citizens for Local Democracy, which sought to prevent the Conservative government from amalgamating Toronto with five surrounding communities, created the Metro Parent Network and was an active member in the Ontario Education Alliance, both of which fought against cuts to Ontario’s education spending.
In the years immediately preceding her being elected as MPP for Don Valley West (in 2003), Wynne served as trustee for the Toronto District School Board.
Wynne leads, along with Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, the Health Care Innovation Working Group among Canada’s Premiers. The working group is responsible for the following three priorities: pharmacare, seniors care and appropriateness of care.