Wynne Says Charter Allows Her to ‘Live Without Fear’

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

Speaking for the first time about her sexual orientation during the campaign, Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne recently stated that it’s because of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that she and her partner, Jane Rounthwaite, don’t live in fear of persecution. Canada’s first openly gay premier, Wynne, made these remarks on Friday while addressing a group of immigrants about the rights they enjoy‎ as new Canadians.

Addressing the students at Toronto’s Costi Corvetti Educat‎ion Centre, Wynne mentioned that “the Charter of Rights is a key part of that.” Wynne alleged that she understands the importance of the Charter “because in my adult life . . . the rights of gay people were recognized — my partner Jane is here somewhere — and gay marriage was recognized.” She stated that “Jane and I can live without fear because of the values that we all share and . . . the Charter of Rights and Freedom is expression of that value. So, that’s how it should be in Canada . . . and I think it is a big part of the reason that you are here.”

In addition to that, Wynne pointed out that “I wouldn’t be standing before you as leader of the province if not for the Charter. It has allowed me to be all that I can be and it will do the same for you.” Later addressing reporters, Wynne revealed that she did not really come to grips with her sexuality until she was an adult, married and the mother of three children, while Jane “grew up knowing she was different.”

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