On November 4, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Dr. Jane Philpott as the new Minister of Health. Dr. Philpott is a family physician and was the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital. She was also an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Philpott founded Give a Day to World AIDS in 2004, which has raised over $4 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Dr. Philpott faces a number of significant legislative tasks as she begins working on implementing the Liberal Party’s healthcare campaign commitments, including:
- a new Health Accord with the provinces and territories;
- the legalization of certain uses of marijuana;
- improved patient access to prescription medication, and efforts to assist provincial and territorial governments to buy drugs in bulk;
- regulations to eliminate trans fats and reduce salt in processed foods and improve food labels to give more information on added sugars and artificial dyes in processed foods; and
- new restrictions on the commercial marketing of food and beverages to children.
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