Kathleen Wynne documentary reveals raw, intimate moments of premier's life
Paul Bliss , CTV's Queen's Park Bureau Chief
Published Friday, October 9, 2015 6:16PM EDT
A controversial documentary peering into the life of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne reveals raw and intimate moments lived by the second most powerful political leader in the country.
PREMIER: THE UNSCRIPTED KATHLEEN WYNNE, is a rare look inside her world. The film crew is granted unprecedented access for 100 days leading up to the 2015 budget. The 40 minute segment, broadcast on CTV’s W5, delivers up-close-and-personal looks inside her marriage and inside private government meetings.
“We knew from the beginning that my being a lesbian might mean that I wasn’t going to be successful,” Wynne states, sitting beside her wife Jane in the living room of their Toronto home. “That right from the get-go I was going to be vilified and I would be unsuccessful in politics.”
Her spouse, Jane Rounthwaite is as seen an emotional rock for the often anxious and stressed Wynne. The couple battles the rough trade of politics with togetherness and with moments of humour, tenderness and unwavering support.
In one scene, the Premier confers with her press advisors about Queen’s Park reporters present for the Sudbury by-election. When the name of a particular scribe is mentioned, Jane blurts out, “He’s a twerp.”
Everyone in the room laughs, including Wynne, who cautions “you’re on mic.” Rounthwaite defiantly states, “I know. I coulda said something worse, but I said twerp.”
The Premier later states “You know, the press are not your friends. They are really nice people and I like them and I’m interested in them. At one time in my life, I wanted to be one of them. But they are not your friend.”
Wynne then declares, “you know, there are certain people in the press gallery who are out to get me. I mean, they just wanna, not they personally, but their organization wants to bring me down. They can’t stand what I stand for and they are just going to look for any way to make me look bad.”
Wynne’s sexuality comes into play several times in the documentary. When her motives for introducing a new sex-education curriculum are questioned by an opposition MPP, Jane jumps to her spouse’s defence. “This guy’s a Neanderthal and we just won’t help him. We just won’t.”
There is a particularly humourous moment as Wynne prepares to meet federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. The premier is getting briefed by her staff and she asks “do I call him MISTER Trudeau? I’m old enough to be his mother.”
Everyone laughs and she pushes on: “I’m not quite old enough to be his grandmother. What is he, 40? I’m 61 boys. I’m old enough to be his mother.”
Wynne later advises Trudeau, her political experience and confidence evident, as they meet face to face. She tells him “the conversation we’ll have to have when you’re prime minister, is how do we have a rational infrastructure plan that’s going to allow us to do that long term planning.”
Other memorable Wynne quotes from the documentary:
ON LEADING - “Cheerleaders stand on the sidelines. I was only a cheerleader for one year because I didn’t want to stand on the sidelines. So being part of the action is where I wanna be.”
ON SUDBURY BYELECTION OPP INVESTIGATION – “I had to have a long discussion with my mother about Sudbury last night. She was worried ... how’s this affecting you ... because she just sees the news, right.”
ON POTENTIAL TEACHERS STRIKE – “my position would be is, if all the kids have their classes running, we let the labour stuff play out.”
ON QUESTION PERIOD – “I feel like I’m in a courtroom. I feel like I’m in a bad courtroom.”
Wynne says she hasn’t seen the documentary yet, but told CTV News she was looking forward to watching it on Saturday night.