Biography : Kathleen Wynne

Kathleen Wynne

Kathleen Wynne

Premier
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

MPP Don Valley West

Political Career

  • Minister of Agriculture and Food, February 2013 – May 2014
  • Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, October 2011 – November 2012
  • Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, October 2011 – November 2012
  • Minister of Transportation, January 2010 – October 2011
  • Minister of Education, September 2006 – January 2010
  • Chair of Cabinet, October 2007 – June 2008
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, September 2004 – September 2006
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, October 2003 – September 2004
  • Trustee, Toronto District School Board

Education

  • Master’s in Linguistics, University of Toronto
  • Master’s in Adult Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
  • Mediation Training Course, Harvard University

Personal and Family Life

  • Partner (Jane); Wynne has three children, Chris, Jessie and Maggie, and three grandchildren, Olivia, Claire and Hugh

Executive Biography

Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier.

Since taking office in 2013, Premier Wynne’s accomplishments include balancing the provincial budget for the first time in a decade, making record-breaking infrastructure investments in Ontario’s roads, schools, hospitals and transit systems, and securing a historic national deal to improve retirement security by enhancing the Canada Pension Plan.

Premier Wynne’s plan for building Ontario up focuses on creating new opportunities for people and businesses, and ensuring a fairer, more secure future for everyone in the province. Under her leadership, as Ontario has regained its place as the economic engine of Canada, the Premier has worked to ensure the benefits of growth are shared evenly. To this end, her government is making tuition free for hundreds of thousands of students, raising the minimum wage for workers and creating 100,000 new child care spaces.

Earlier this year, Premier Wynne introduced a ground-breaking plan for the biggest expansion of Medicare in a generation. OHIP+ will provide free prescription medication for young people in the province, from birth until they turn 25. The Premier also received international attention for launching a basic income pilot project in three Ontario communities.

At a time of global change and uncertainty, Premier Wynne is unwavering in her support for a fair and open society, and has increased her advocacy for free trade and open borders. She has led international business missions to countries including China, India, Mexico and the United States. To ensure the interests of Ontario’s workers and businesses are represented as NAFTA is renegotiated, Premier Wynne has increased her U.S. engagement, focusing on building partnerships and deepening ties with the U.S. states that rely on free trade with Canada.

Premier Wynne was first elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Don Valley West in 2003, and has served as Minister for five departments and been re-elected three times. When her three children were still in school, she was motivated to run for office by her passion for publicly funded education and her desire to give every child in Ontario the best possible start. Before becoming an MPP, Premier Wynne served as a trustee on the Toronto District School Board. Prior to that, she led citizens’ groups in a number of grassroots community projects and played a major role as an organizer, facilitator and mediator.

Premier Wynne grew up in Richmond Hill, where she learned to question the status quo at a young age. In high school, she joined with her friends to challenge the rule that prevented girls from wearing pants to school. She has lived with her partner, Jane, in North Toronto for more than 25 years. She has three children and three grandchildren.

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