Dr. Jane Philpott was first elected as Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville in October 2015. She has served in numerous cabinet positions, including Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government.
Jane has played a lead role in policies that have shaped our country: bringing Syrian refugees to Canada; legislating a balanced approach to Medical Assistance in Dying; negotiating a health accord with new resources for mental health and home care; improving infrastructure for First Nations to provide clean water on reserve; and reforming child welfare to reduce the over-apprehension of Indigenous children.
Prior to her political career, Jane worked as a family doctor for 30 years, with the first decade of her career as a doctor in Niger, West Africa. In 1998, she and her family moved to Stouffville, Ontario, where she served for 17 years as a family physician. She was Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. Jane led the opening of the Health for All Family Health Team and the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit.
Jane’s greatest satisfaction comes from working with others to address social inequities so every Canadian has a fair opportunity to enjoy a life of dignity, wellness and peace.