Jane Philpott

Jane Philpott

Independent candidate for Markham—Stouffville
As an independent candidate in Markham-Stouffville, I’m listening to people in our community to identify issues that are important for them.

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Prescription drug coverage

Policy by Jane Philpott
I strongly support universal single-payer public pharmacare to ensure that Canadians have fair access to medically necessary medication. It is one of a few pieces of unfinished business in Canada’s cherished system of Medicare.

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Environment, Climate Change, & Energy

Pollution and Climate Change

Policy by Jane Philpott
We cannot ignore pollution nor climate change. Both are direct threats to human health-- something I have seen in my medical practice. If re-elected, I'm eager to work across across party lines to tackle these threats we face.

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Jobs & the Economy


Housing supply

Policy by Jane Philpott
Shelter - a place to call home - is one of our most basic human needs. Here in Markham-Stouffville, meeting this basic need is a struggle for many and the shortage of affordable housing affects our whole community. The demand and needs have never been greater.

Human Rights

Respecting diversity

Policy by Jane Philpott
I condemn Quebec’s Bill 21 and encourage other public figures to add their voices. The fundamental freedoms under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms include freedom of conscience and religion; as well as freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression.

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Education & Training

Justice, Crime, & Law Enforcement

Natural Resources

Immigration, Refugees, & Borders

Illicit Drugs & Overdoses

Transit & Transportation

Public transit options

Policy by Jane Philpott
I do not support the development of a Pickering Airport. Other solutions, including high-frequency passenger rail service, could help improve the quality of life in our community. We must invest in sustainable infrastructure to protect our environment and grow our economy.

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Agriculture & Food

Indigenous Issues

Advancing reconciliation

Policy by Jane Philpott
If re-elected as an MP, one of my priorities will be the ongoing work of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. In various indigenous communities across Canada, the injustices and inequities are shocking, and they should be more broadly understood and urgently addressed.

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Government & Democracy

International Relations

Government Services & Crown Corporations

Military & Veterans


Stronger Democracy

Policy by Jane Philpott
The democratic systems of this country could be so much better – and Canadians would be the beneficiaries. Let me highlight three broad areas where I think we could improve: elections; the daily function of the House of Commons; and the approach to party power.

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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.

Jane 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, 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 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.)