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Premier-designate Wynne to appoint herself agriculture minister

Incoming Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne appears before media at Queen's Park in Toronto, Jan. 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne plans to appoint herself as Ontario’s agriculture minister, as promised, when she is sworn in on Monday.

Wynne admitted during the Liberal leadership campaign that the Liberals’ popularity took a hit in rural Ontario, in part because of a decision to move forward with wind turbines.

On Wednesday, Wynne spent the day at a Bradford farm.

“The Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, has to understand the whole province,” Wynne said.

“Most of us are not that far from rural Ontario. I’m a fifth-generation Ontarian, my dad spent every summer on a farm in Watford, Ontario, and his family still lives there.”

Wynne also pointed out all Ontarians rely on the food grown in farms.

Wynne and her cabinet will be sworn in on Feb. 11 before the legislature reopens Feb. 19.

MPP’s have not been in the house since Premier Dalton McGuinty announced his resignation Oct. 15 and suspended the legislature.