Provincial Liberal leadership candidate Kathleen Wynne brought the provincial Liberal leadership race to the Wingham Tim Hortons on Saturday. The Wynne campaign team has been meeting with as many delegates as possible, and speaking with ordinary people along the way.
Such visits aren’t unusual during an election, but not during a leadership campaign, where the voting is done by delegates. However, Wynne and her people boarded a bus and made 21 visits to communities small and large in an effort to get her point across – she wants to represent the entire province. And she wants to hear what the people of the province have to say.
She voiced her plan to take on the agriculture, food and rural affairs portfolio herself for a year if she becomes premier. Rural issues need to be “on the radar screen,” she said.
“I’m happy to be here,” Wynne added, explaining she wants to meet delegates face-to-face, both those who support her and those who support other candidates, but who might end up voting for her on a second ballot. “We’re all Liberals,” she said. She’s already picked up one candidate, Glen Murray, who dropped out of the race to support her.
Wynne hopes to use her experience in government to “bring people together” and find “common ground and practical solutions.”
Wynne noted that in the past nine years, the Liberal government in Ontario has accomplished a lot to “improve the lives of people.” There are issues that show a need for “a better process” including wind turbines and the dispute with public school teachers. “But we got the big things right,” she said.
Included in the group accompanying Wynne on Saturday’s series of stops in the area was Murray, and co-campaign chair John Wilkinson (Deb Matthews is the other campaign co-chair).