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Canada at the Crossroads: Why National Leadership Matters to Ontario's Economic Plan
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne: Executive Biography
Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West. Wynne was re elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014. She became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013. In addition to her role as Premier, Wynne currently serves as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. She has also served as Minister of Agriculture and Food. Some of her key achievements as Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food include a new Youth Jobs Strategy, record investment in transit and transportation, a jobs plan to attract and keep businesses in Ontario, and a Local Food Act. Prior to becoming Premier, Wynne served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Education. As the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, she finalized a new funding agreement with the federal government to improve access to affordable housing. In her role as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Wynne worked in partnership with First Nations communities to address issues such as mining development and First Nations land claims, and improving the quality of life for aboriginal peoples living off reserve through affordable housing and recreation programs. As Minister of Education, Wynne led the government’s efforts to reduce class sizes, implement full day kindergarten and provide more opportunities for high school students to reach their full potential. During her tenure as Minister of Transportation, she secured a new transit expansion plan for Toronto, including the Eglinton Scarborough LRT. Wynne also oversaw Ontario’s largest highway investments, including the Highway 407 East Extension and the Windsor Essex Parkway. Before becoming an MPP, she served as a trustee with the Toronto District School Board. And prior to that, Wynne, who has lived with her partner, Jane, in North Toronto for more than 25 years, has led citizens’ groups in a number of grassroots community projects and played a major role as an organizer and facilitator. Wynne has three adult children, Chris, Jessie and Maggie, and three grandchildren.