VIDEO: Candidate Profile: Kathleen Wynne
Name: Kathleen Wynne
Background: A former Toronto District School Board trustee, Wynne has been very active in the community. She founded Citizens for Local Democracy and the Metro Parent Network (now the Toronto Parent Network). She was also president of the Toronto Institute of Human Relations. Elected as Don Valley West MPP in 2003, Wynne held on to the seat when being challenged by Newstalk 1010's John Tory, then Progressive Conservative leader. Wynne served as Education, Transportation, Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Aboriginal Affairs Minister.
Family: Partner Jane Rounthwaite. Three children with her previous husband and two grandchildren.
Why she wants to be Premier: She wants to be the social justice premier. Wynne also says she believes she has the skill set to attract Liberals back to the party.
Teachers: Wynne says she never wanted to imposed contracts on teachers and didn't expect that to happen. She says she wants a conversation with union leadership to discuss how to change the negotiation process moving forward. The centre of her concerns: getting extra curricular activities back in schools.
Number one priority if chosen as Liberal leader/premier: The economy, given it shapes so many other aspects of society.
How she's seen: As former education minister, she is viewed as the candidate most likely to bridge the gap between the province and teachers.
Message to Ontarians: She says residents have so much to be thankful for and be optimistic about. She says people need to remember that we shouldn't react out of fear when trying to resolve any situation.