Kathleen Wynne is Ontario's 25th Premier and first female Premier. She was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West, and she became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013. She was re-elected on June 12, 2014 with a majority government and was sworn in to office on June 24, 2014.
Kathleen is committed to building Ontario up, creating new opportunities for people and ensuring a more secure future for every person in the province.
Kathleen and her government have a robust economic plan focussed on:
- Investing in the skills and talents of our people
- Building roads, bridges and transit systems to support economic growth across Ontario
- Supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate with competitive tax rates and a balanced approach to eliminating the deficit by 2017-18
- Creating a secure a comfortable retirement for Ontario workers with the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.
Kathleen has served as Ontario's Minister of Agriculture and Food, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Education.
As the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Kathleen championed Ontario's $34-billion agri-food industry and brought in the Local Food Act.
As the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Kathleen finalized a new funding agreement with the federal government to improve access to affordable housing.
In her role as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Kathleen worked in partnership with First Nations communities to address issues such as mining development and First Nations land claims, and improving quality of life for aboriginals living off-reserve through affordable housing and recreation programs.
As Minister of Education, Kathleen 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 Kathleen's tenure as the Minister of Transportation, she secured a new transit expansion plan for Toronto including the Eglinton-Scarborough LRT, and oversaw Ontario's largest highway investments, including the Highway 407 East Extension and the Windsor-Essex Parkway.
Before being elected to the Ontario Legislature, Kathleen served as a Public School Trustee on the Toronto District School Board. She has led citizens' groups in a number of grassroots community projects, and has played a major role as an organizer and facilitator.
Kathleen has three adult children, Chris, Jessie and Maggie, and three grandchildren, Olivia, Claire and Hugh. She and her partner Jane have lived in North Toronto for more than 25 years.