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Kathleen Wynne

Kathleen Wynne is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is currently a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Don Valley West for the Liberal Party.In 2000, Wynne was elected as a public school trustee in Toronto's eighth ward, despite being targeted by anonymous hate literature describing her as an extremist lesbian. She strongly opposed cuts to public education mandated by the Conservative government. In 2001, she helped pass a measure encouraging public schools to purchase teaching materials reflecting the presence of gay and lesbian parents in modern society.Wynne was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 2003 provincial election, defeating Progressive Conservative cabinet minister David Turnbull by over 5000 votes. The Liberals won the election, and Wynne was appointed parliamentary assistant to Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Mary Anne Chambers in October 2003. In October 2004, she was appointed parliamentary assistant to Minister of Education Gerard Kennedy.On September 18, 2006, she was promoted to Ontario Minister of Education in a cabinet shuffle occasioned by the resignation of Joe Cordiano from the Legislature. She is the province's first openly lesbian cabinet minister, and only the second openly LGBT cabinet minister after cabinet colleague George Smitherman.In the 2007 provincial election, Wynne ran for re-election against PC leader John Tory. Tory, who was elected to Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey (former PC leader Ernie Eves' riding) in a by-election, was seeking a seat in a Toronto-area riding. Though projected to be a close race, Wynne was re-elected with 50.4 percent of the popular vote, defeating Tory by just under 5000 votes.She is the mother of three young adults. She and her partner Jane have been residents of Toronto for over 25 years.