A Big Wynne For Equality

A reader relays the great news from up north:

As you may now be aware, Kathleen Wynne was just elected premier of Ontario, Canada’s largest province (representing over 40% of the national population). That makes her the first woman to lead Ontario, and the first openly gay politician to lead a provincial government in Canada.  This is despite winning the leadership of a tired and scandal-ridden Liberal Party only 18 months ago (the Liberals had been in power since 2003), AND where the previous premier, Dalton McGuinty, had resigned in disgrace.

Premier Wynne’s sexual orientation NEVER came up during the campaign, and her wife Jane was with her every step of the campaign trail (including on the victory stage last night).  No one predicted the size of her victory, and the pundits were falling all over themselves last night describing her “authenticity” and “immense charm,” and referring to her as “everyone’s favourite aunt.”  Yesterday I voted for our openly gay transportation minister (Glen Murray, the former Mayor of Winnipeg) who represents the riding of Toronto Centre, and our first directly elected lesbian premier.  I am old enough (47) to remember when marching in the Toronto Pride parade was a little bit dangerous.

I believe Ontario (pop. 14 million) is now the largest jurisdiction in the Western world to have an openly gay leader, after Belgium (pop 11 million) and Iceland (pop 350,000).  Know hope!

Update from a reader:

Regarding this: “I believe Ontario (pop. 14 million) is now the largest jurisdiction in the Western world to have an openly gay leader, after Belgium (pop 11 million) and Iceland (pop 350,000).” Annise Parker, mayor of Houston (pop 2.161 million) is way ahead of the leader of Iceland.

Previous Dish on Parker here.