Kathleen Wynne

25th Premier of Ontario

Kathleen O'Day Wynne (born May 21, 1953)[1] is a Canadian politician. She was the 25th Premier of Ontario and the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party from 2013 to 2018. Wynne was the first female premier of Ontario and the first openly LGBT premier in Canada.[2] She has been the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Don Valley West since 2003.

Kathleen Wynne

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25th Premier of Ontario
In office
February 11, 2013 – June 29, 2018
MonarchElizabeth II
Lieutenant GovernorDavid Onley
Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Preceded byDalton McGuinty
Succeeded byDoug Ford
Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
In office
January 26, 2013 – June 7, 2018
Preceded byDalton McGuinty
Succeeded byJohn Fraser (interim)
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Don Valley West
Assumed office
October 2, 2003
Preceded byDavid Turnbull
Personal details
Kathleen O'Day Wynne

(1953-05-21) May 21, 1953 (age 69)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Phil Cowperthwaite
(m. 1977; div. 1991)

Jane Rounthwaite (m. 2005)
Alma mater

2018 provincial electionEdit

Wynne and the Liberals began their 2018 provincial election campaign on May 9, 2018. They were doing very badly in the opinion polls against the Progressive Conservatives. Their leader was former Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford. An analysis of several polls by the CBC showed that the Progressive Conservatives had the most support out of all the parties.[3]

On the day of the election, the Progressive Conservatives won a majority government and the NDP became the Official Opposition. The Liberals won only seven seats in the Legislature.[4] This was their worst result since Confederation.

Related pagesEdit


  1. "Liberal Leadership Candidate Profile: Kathleen Wynne". TVO. January 16, 2013. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  2. Morrow, Adrian (February 25, 2015). "Ontario PCs distance themselves from MPP who denies evolution". The Globe and Mail.
  3. Grenier, Éric (April 6, 2018). "With nine weeks to go, the Ontario election is Doug Ford's to lose". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  4. Vomiero, Jessica (June 8, 2018). "Kathleen Wynne won her seat, but the Liberals lost official party status". Global News. Retrieved April 3, 2020.