Premier Kathleen Wynne at Hart House

Premier Kathleen Wynne

at Hart House 

In four months, the people of Ontario will head to the polls. On March 1, the Hart House Debates & Dialogue Committee will host the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, for a brief keynote lecture followed by a moderated discussion with Aceel Hawa, a third-year student at the University of Toronto and the student Chair of the Hart House Debates and Dialogue Committee. This event hopes to bridge the personal and the political, allowing students the chance to meet and better get to know the first female leader of Ontario and the first openly-gay head of a provincial or federal government in Canada.

When: Thurs., March 1, 2018, 7-8:30 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House (live stream to the Debates Room)
Cost: Sold out

UPDATE: The event will be live-streamed on our Facebook page

All Event-related and Accessibility inquiries should be directed to:
Marco Adamovic, Staff Advisor, Hart House Debates and Dialogue Committee


The Honourable Kathleen Wynne | Premier of Ontario

Since taking office in 2013, Premier Wynne’s accomplishments include balancing the provincial budget for the first time in a decade, making record-breaking infrastructure investments in Ontario’s roads, schools, hospitals and transit systems, and securing a historic national deal to improve retirement security by enhancing the Canada Pension Plan.

Premier Wynne’s plan for building Ontario up focuses on creating new opportunities for people and businesses, and ensuring a fairer, more secure future for everyone in the province. Under her leadership, as Ontario has regained its place as the economic engine of Canada, the Premier has worked to ensure the benefits of growth are shared evenly. To this end, her government is making tuition free for hundreds of thousands of students, raising the minimum wage for workers and creating 100,000 new child care spaces.

Earlier this year, Premier Wynne introduced a ground-breaking plan for the biggest expansion of Medicare in a generation. OHIP+ will provide free prescription medication for young people in the province, from birth until they turn 25. The Premier also received international attention for launching a basic income pilot project in three Ontario communities.

Premier Wynne was first elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Don Valley West in 2003, and has served as Minister for five departments and been re-elected three times. When her three children were still in school, she was motivated to run for office by her passion for publicly funded education and her desire to give every child in Ontario the best possible start. Before becoming an MPP, Premier Wynne served as a trustee on the Toronto District School Board. Prior to that, she led citizens’ groups in a number of grassroots community projects and played a major role as an organizer, facilitator and mediator.

Aceel Hawa (Moderator) | University of Toronto 

Aceel Hawa is a third-year student at the University of Toronto where she studies Biology, Psychology, and French as a recipient of the National Scholarship. Aceel is a research assistant with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and currently serves as the chair of the Hart House Debates & Dialogue Committee.

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