Wynne is outlining her family history, then casting forward to her two granddaughters.
.@Kathleen_Wynne says her mom was an orphan who came to Canada from the Bahamas. "We are a people rooted in diversity." #olpldr #onpoli
"I'm offering myself to you as leader because of that love, that optimism and that potential," Wynne says. #onpoli
Wynne is very much trying to position herself as an inclusive candidate others' supporters can feel good about going to.
"This is the time, right now, to show that we have learned from our mistakes and they will not happen again," Wynne says
"I don't deny that we as a party have made mistakes" says @Kathleen_Wynne #olpldr #onpoli
If you're keeping track, all three candidates so far have talked about their parents, with some grandparents sprinkled in as well.
.@Kathleen_Wynne burnishes social justice cred by saying Liberals must address province's deficit without "letting anyone fall thru cracks"
Wynne recommits to legislature returning on Feb. 19, which is big differentiation point from Pupatello.
"Tim, Andrea -- I'm sure you're watching," Wynne says
Now Wynne's addressing Hudak and Horwath - not attacking, but trying to point out common ground. Unusual approach.
Wynne pledges again to bring the legislature back Feb 19 and work with the opposition.
"Tim? Andrea? I'm sure you're watching" says @Kathleen_Wynne in vowing to work with opposition parties. #olpldr #onpoli
"I want to put something on the table: Is Ontario ready for a gay Premier?...Can a gay woman win?"
"You've all heard the question: can a gay woman win?" She says "I have an answer to that question."
When she ran in 2003, Wynne was told her riding wasn't ready for a gay woman. "Well, apparently, they were." #onpoli
Whether Wynne should address this question is something that was subject of considerable debate among her supporters.
"Can a gay woman win?" says @Kathleen_Wynne addressing head on a topic that has not in any way dominated the race #olpldr
Her answer, boiled down, is that Ontario is past worrying about such things.
Wynne points out that, not long ago, none of the candidates -- women, gay, Catholic, Portuguese-Cdn -- could not have run for leader.
"I have a seat, I have a path, and I have a plan," Wynne says, nearing end.
Wynne then flubs McGuinty's "best province in the best country..." bit, but recovers nicely by laughing it off.
Her speech closes with a recitation of Liberal accomplishments and McGuinty's line "best party, best province, best country in the world."
"I have a seat, I have a plan" says @Kathleen_Wynne in yet another jab at chief rival @SandraPupatello #olpldr #onpoli
Wynne has finished. Up next: Charles Sousa.
Wynne really appealed to Liberals' better angels. Question is, how badly do they want to go home feeling good about themselves?
Besides Wynne's delegates, the loudest cheers after her speech came from @SandraPupatello's camp. Others were silent. #onpoli
I wonder if Sousa's supporters will carry on their chants from yesterday: "When I say Charles, you say Sousa!", "When I say jobs, you say premier!" and "When I say premier, you say Sousa!"
Charles Sousa's delegates are walking out now, waving signs and clapping
Sousa's video open with testimonials from his supporters, interspersed with family photos. #onpoli
If we haven't heard enough about families already, Sousa can be counted on to go heavy on his dad.
In fairness, I happened to wind up at Sousa's campaign office opening, and his dad *did* seem pretty charming.
So far, Sousa's video has had at least two shots of him posing with Hazel McCallion.
The perils of a washroom break: a very large throng of @SandraPupatello supporters waiting in hallway even tho @SousaCharles is up next
Sousa's announcer introduces him as "Ontario's next premier."
Sousa is a likeable guy who seems to have a lot of potential, but hasn't gelled as a candidate as much as I thought he might.
Sousa's supporters have signs with one of three words: Jobs, Leadership, and Vision. Pretty clear how he's pitching himself.
"I'd like to thank every volunteer in every camp, you've done us all proud," he says
"The people you love who stand behind you give you strength" says @SousaCharles in tribute to family #olpldr #onpoli
Sousa is describing his family background: immigrant parents in Kensington Market, owned a restaurant.
"My dad was a real-life King of Kensington," Sousa says.
"My dad was a real life King of Kensington" @SousaCharles says of family business #olpldr #onpoli
I can confirm that the rumours of a sousaphone solo are not true. #onpoli