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A New Premier for Ontario

By January 31, 2013

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Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Premier-designate, takes on a whole bundle of challenges as she gears up to be Ontario's new premier.

Kathleen Wynne

With a minority government, a legislative assembly that's been prorogued for three months, a provincial deficit of $11.9-billion, unhappy teachers, unhappy parents, and unhappy unions, the Conservatives launching an attack ad scant hours after Wynne won the Ontario Liberal leadership and the NDP demanding an inquiry on the cancellation of two gas plants, you'd think she might be stressed. She doesn't seem to be.

She's tackling things as they come up, cheerfully and creatively. She's meeting with everyone, or at least everyone who will meet with her. She's pushing to get the legislature back sitting on February 19. She appears to welcome new ideas, and with attack ads, she told CBC Radio's Metro Morning she "can't take the bait."

She has said her top priorities will be youth unemployment, a review of social assistance, the pay freeze in the public sector, and repairing the relationship with Ontario's teachers. Sounds like a good start. Maybe more of our politicians should get training and experience in conflict management.

Photo: Courtesy Liberal Party of Ontario

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