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Canada gets first lesbian premier

The Canadian province of Ontario has its first female premier following a vote on Friday – making her also the first openly gay or lesbian person to lead a Canadian provincial government.\n

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28th January 2013 02:36

Alessia Valenza | ILGA North America

On Friday the Canadian province of Ontario appointed Kathleen Wynne to be its next premier – making her the province’s first female leader and the first openly gay or lesbian provincial leader in Canadian history.

Wynne, a Canadian Liberal Party MP, had previously served as the province’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Aboriginal Affairs before resigning from cabinet to run for the party’s leadership.

Wynne came out on top of leadership rival Sandra Pupatello at the Ontario Liberal Party’s leadership convention in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens in a vote of 1,150 to 866 after three rounds of voting.

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