May 6, 2014 6:19 pm

Meet the candidates: Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne

Who: Kathleen O’Day Wynne , leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario

Riding: Don Valley West

Leader since: January, 2013

Age: 60 (May 21, 1953)

Zodiac signs: Gemini, Snake

Bio: Grew up in  Richmond Hill, Ont., daughter of Dr. John B. Wynne and Patsy O’Day.

Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University, a Master of Arts degree in linguistics from the University of Toronto and a Master of Education degree in adult education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto).

Has three children and three grandchildren from her first marriage; has lived with partner Jane Rounthwaite for more than 25 years (they married in 2005).

Really, really, really wants you to know she likes running.

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Politics: First elected as a school trustee in 2000 after being defeated in 1994. Elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2003. Has served as Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Education.

Became Ontario’s first woman premier and first openly gay premier in January, 2013.

Promises: A provincial pension plan; $29 billion for transit and $2.5 billion in corporate grants over a decade; higher minimum wage and child benefit; expanded hospitals.

Asset: Experience in government.

Liability: Dalton McGuinty. Wynne’s still struggling to escape the shadow of her predecessor’s gas plant scandal, among others.

On the line: A shot at redemption.

Duly quoted: “On June 12, the people of the province will have a choice: They will have a choice between the balanced approach of a Liberal government that will create jobs and nurture our economic recovery, and the opposition [that will put] recovery in jeopardy with reckless schemes and irresponsible choices.”

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