Newspaper article The Canadian Press

QuickSketches of the Major Party Leaders in Ontario

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

QuickSketches of the Major Party Leaders in Ontario

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QuickSketches of the major party leaders in Ontario

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Ontarians headed to the polls in a provincial election Thursday. Following are sketches of the major party leaders:

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne

Age: 61 (Born May 21, 1953.)

Education: Studied at Queen's University, the University of Toronto, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She also completed mediation training at Harvard University.

Professional career: President of the Toronto Institute of Human Relations. Elected public school trustee in Toronto in 2000.

Political career: First elected as MPP for Don Valley West in October 2003; minister of education from 2006 to 2010; minister of transportation from 2010 to 2011; minister of municipal affairs and housing and minister of aboriginal affairs 2011; premier and minister of agriculture and food on Feb. 11, 2013.

Personal: Lives with her partner Jane Rounthwaite. Has three adult children from a previous marriage: Chris, Jessie and Maggie, and three grandchildren, Olivia, Claire and Hugh.

Quote: "If there's anything that's difficult about political life, it's that I don't have the opportunity to spend as much time with them. There's lots of life outside of politics, but you know, politics touches every part of that life as well."

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Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.

Age: 46 (Nov. 1, 1967)

Personal: Born in Fort Erie, Ont., to Patrick (Pat) Hudak, a Catholic high school principal, and his wife Anne Marie, a teacher and town councillor. His younger sister, Patricia, is also a teacher. He's been married since 2002 to Deb Hutton, former senior adviser to Tory premier Mike Harris. They have two daughters: Miller Olive Hudak, 6, and Maitland Hutton Hudak, six weeks. The family divides its time between Toronto and Wellandport.

Education: Hudak has a bachelor of economics from the University of Western Ontario (1990) and a Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Washington (1993). …

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