Jane Philpott is a Canadian politician and a medical doctor. She was first elected as Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville in October 2015. She served in numerous cabinet positions from 2015 to 2019, including Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government.
Ms. Philpott has played a lead role in policies that have shaped Canada: 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, Ms. Philpott 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. Ms. Philpott led the opening of the Health for All Family Health Team and the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit.
Ms. Philpott’s greatest joy is to work with others to address socioeconomic gaps so every Canadian has a fair opportunity to live a life of dignity, wellness and peace.
Her husband is CBC Radio journalist, Pep Philpott. They have four children - Bethany, Jacob, David and Lydia. (Their first daughter, Emily, died in Niger in 1991.)