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Former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's shadow is cast on a portrait of her, painted by Linda Dobbs, at an unveiling ceremony at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Dec. 9, 2019.

Chris Young/The Canadian Press

Ontario’s first female premier says she hopes that her official portrait will inspire more young women to get involved in politics.

Former premier Kathleen Wynne’s portrait was unveiled this evening during a traditional ceremony at the provincial legislature.

Wynne’s picture was painted by artist Linda Kooluris-Dobbs, who also made the official portraits of former premier David Peterson and former lieutenant-governor Hal Jackman.

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She says she hopes the image of a woman joining the ranks of male premiers in the halls of Queen’s Park will inspire young women touring the legislative building.

Wynne became premier in 2013 after winning the Liberal leadership following her predecessor Dalton McGuinty’s resignation.

Her central Toronto seat was one of the few the Liberals retained in the last election, and she continues to sit as a member of provincial parliament.

The official portrait of Ontario's first female premier was unveiled at the provincial legislature Monday night. Kathleen Wynne's picture was done by artist Linda Kooluris-Dobbs, who also painted the official portraits of former premier David Peterson and former lieutenant-governor Hal Jackman. Wynne became premier in 2013 after winning the Liberal leadership following her predecessor Dalton McGuinty's resignation. The Canadian Press

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