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Ontario Liberal leadership convention: Kathleen Wynne’s victory speech

This is an edited excerpt of Kathleen Wynne’s victory speech, after she was chosen as Liberal leader and Ontario’s next premier.

Thank you so much beautiful Liberals!

Believe it or not, this was the easy part. Now we have the challenge that’s ahead of us. And we’re going to need all of us working together. I’m going to ask all of the other candidates to come down and join me on the stage. We are going to need all of us working together. We’re going to need all the ideas that came out of this campaign. We’re going to need to put them together. We’re going to need to weave together a platform because we’re going to have to be ready at any moment to go into a campaign. But we’re also going to need all those ideas to continue to govern.

The coming months are about a continuation of this renewal. It’s about taking the momentum that we have built up and forging that bright future. It’s about getting back to the legislature, getting to work, working with the opposition and demonstrating to the people of Ontario that we can govern in a minority parliament. That is what we are going to do.

And I just want to get this Toronto thing out for a minute. Can we get this Toronto thing out of the way? I am going to be the premier for the whole province. All of Ontario!

And those of you who are in unheld ridings, we are going to be reaching out to you. We are going to be travelling to see you. We are going to be working with you every single day. I heard that over and over during this leadership race that we’re working with 107 ridings in this province because that’s they way we’re going to form a majority government the next time we go to the polls.

This is going to be a great government and we are going to build on the legacy of Dalton. We are going to build on the work that Dalton McGuinty was done over the last nine years. Absolutely.

I’m actually getting nervous about the stage. It’s actually shifting. We don’t need that kind of sea change. I’m going to say thank you to all of you. I’m going to see you Tuesday morning. We’re not missing a caucus meeting. I’m going to start working tomorrow but we’re having a caucus meeting on Tuesday. And we’re going to get back to work at the legislature. So thank you so much.

thestar.com – News