Premier Kathleen Wynne captured enough seats to do just about anything she wants. Revelations, prognostications and a little trash talk from Ontario’s most powerful person
Scandals coming out your ears, an electorate that can be hostile to Liberals and lesbians, and you win in a landslide. What in the blazes happened?
We were optimistic, and our big ideas—infrastructure investment, a retirement pension plan and a regional transit strategy—resonated with Ontarians.
Hudak’s platform—“I can’t do math and I’ll fire you”—probably didn’t hurt. How good did it feel to trounce him to the point of resignation?
I know Tim as a dad and neighbour. He had a very rough night, and I don’t take any pleasure from his personal pain.
Yet you’re not dropping your slander lawsuit, which seems like kicking a guy when he’s down. Under what circumstances would you relent?
When he issues an apology and a retraction.
Horwath: where did she go wrong?
She didn’t have a plan. Frankly, I was surprised at her lack of preparedness.
Who would you rather have a beer with?
I’d have a cup of tea—rooibos is my favourite of late—with either one.
The public doesn’t know much about the province’s first lady. How would you describe Jane Rounthwaite?
As far as our political life goes, I’d say she’s organized, determined and practical. At home, I’d describe her as funny, sardonic and a person of substance.
You hugged but didn’t kiss Jane when you pulled her up onstage during your victory speech. Do you have an agreement about PDA?
We didn’t discuss it beforehand. Over the years we’ve developed our own way of being together in public. Ours is an inclusive, accepting province, but Ontarians—whether they’re heterosexual, homosexual or other—have different degrees of comfort. We want to respect that.
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