On Thursday a mere 52.1% of registered voters in Ontario set out to choose their favourite Candidate for the premier of Ontario, and after the results came in, it was revealed that the people of Ontario had picked Kathleen Wynne to lead our province for the next four years (or until another election is called).
This election seemed to be rather controversial, even more so than usual. Liberals were unhappy with their leader, Conservatives were unhappy with their leader, New Democrats were unhappy with their leader, everyone was just unhappy and it seemed to be a choice of the least evil candidate. There were attack ads left, right and centre, and people were slamming opposing candidates for their policies like they were felons, sometimes it seemed like more of a boxing match than an election. In the aftermath, some people are angry, some people are pleased, some people are relieved, some people seem as though their life is over, but I’m feeling something different than any of these things.
Now, of course I know better than to show any political bias on the internet, I’m not asking for a fight, and I am not revealing even a lean towards who I supported, but I think this election needs to be celebrated. We should celebrate because there were a record 145 women running for office. We should celebrate because in all the attack ads no one had a problem with the fact that both NDP leader Andrea Horwath or Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne are women. We should celebrate because Kathleen Wynne’s sexuality was an is a non-issue. We should celebrate because this election is in fact an historic one, making Kathleen Wynne the first elected premier of Ontario, the first openly gay premier of Ontario AND the first elected openly gay head of government in the Commonwealth or anywhere in the English speaking world. Political opinions aside, that is amazing. Ontario is moving beyond tolerance and into a world where it simply doesn’t matter, it matters so little that hardly anyone has even taken note of the significances of Ms. Wynne’s victory. All candidates were viewed the same regardless of gender and sexuality and that is something to be celebrated. So for a moment, let’s all of us put our political opinion aside (I know it’s hard, believe me) and celebrate the significance of last Thursday, and hope that it has set a path for people of all genders, races, religions and sexualities.