Kathleen Wynne on Saturday was elected Canada's first openly gay premier.

At the Ontario Liberal leadership convention, Wynne was chosen to lead Ontario's government, making her the first woman to lead the province and the first openly gay premier in Canada's history.

After three rounds of voting, the 59-year-old Wynne stood triumphantly on the stage when the results were announced.

Wynne, who is married to Jane Rounthwaite, called the win a “remarkable night for all of us.”

In campaigning for the post, Wynne noted the changed political climate since her first run for office in 1994.

“I want to put something on the table. Is Ontario ready for a gay premier? You've heard that question. You've all heard that question. But let's say what it actually means: Can a gay woman win? That's what it means. Not surprisingly, I have an answer to that question. When I ran in 2003, I was told that the people of North Toronto and the people of Thorncliffe Park weren't ready for a gay woman. Well, apparently they were,” she said, a reference to her 2003 provincial win.

“I don't believe the people of Ontario judge their leaders on the basis of race, color or sexual orientation – I don't believe they hold that prejudice in their hearts.”

“They judge us on our merits – on our abilities, on our expertise, on our ideas. Because that is how everyone deserves to be judged.”

In her acceptance speech, Wynne thanked her wife, whom she called a “front-line” spouse. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)