Ontario Liberals made history Saturday in electing the province's first female premier, choosing a diplomat over a warrior to lead the embattled party into an uncertain future.
Former education minister Kathleen Wynne won the race with 1,150 votes at the delegated convention, with longtime Liberal Sandra Pupatello finishing second with 866 votes.
Wynne is also making history as the first openly gay premier, a subject she confronted head-on in a dynamic speech that wowed delegates Saturday morning.
Ontario is ready for a gay woman as premier, Wynne told the crowd.
"The province has changed, our party has changed. I do not believe that the people of Ontario... hold that prejudice in their hearts," said Wynne, who is married to Jane Rownthwaite.
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