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Kathleen Wynne, elected in Ontario, is Canada's first openly gay premier

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The Global Post
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January 28, 2013
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Kathleen Wynne has been elected as Ontario's premier by the province's Liberals, making history as the province's first female premier and Canada's first openly gay premier. Wynne beat out Sandra Pupatello to take the seat in the third ballot race by 1,150 votes to Pupatello's 866, CBC News reported. "I do not believe that the people of Ontario judge their leaders on the basis of race, sexual orientation, color or religion," Wynne said in her victory speech, UPI reported. "I don't believe they hold that prejudice in their hearts. They judge us on our merits." Wynne had pointed out that the race to replace long-time Premier Dalton McGuinty was full of minority candidates, including Portuguese-Canadian, Indo-Canadian, Italian-Canadian, female, gay and Catholic politicians, CBC News reported.