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"I want to be the Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville for the singular purpose of improving people’s lives. I’ve been a family doctor in Markham-Stouffville for 17 years. I became a physician to help people enjoy a life that is healthy and meaningful. But it takes more than good health care to keep people well. It takes a strong economy, a good education, employment opportunities, a wholesome environment, and more. The lessons I’ve learned as a family doctor have prepared me to represent our community and inspired me to help build a fairer and healthier Canada."Dr. Jane PhilpottMarkham-Stouffville Federal Liberal Candidate
You can remember Jane’s top three concerns by remembering “HER.”
Read here about the issues that are important to HER. That stands for Health, Economy and Representation.
“H” is for a Healthy and Happy Community. It should be no surprise that a family doctor would focus on healthy communities. Canadians are proud of a health system that has historically been strong and fair. But we’ve taken the system for granted. There has been a gradual erosion of commitment to the basic principles on which Canadian medicare was based. The current federal government has demonstrated neither vision nor concern for the future of our health system. Jane would like to ensure that an affordable, accessible health system is in place for our collective future.
“E” means Economic Progress for Everyone. Healthy communities are essential for economic progress – and vice versa. Every level of government has a role in sustaining economic development. The underpinnings of this progress are job creation, fair access to opportunities and fiscal accountability. Canadians of all ages are struggling to find good jobs in our changing economy. One of the greatest economic crises of our day is the growing income gap. We must not accept a trajectory of economic growth that only brings benefits to the richest segments of society. Jane has spent her whole adult life committed to improving the lives of the most vulnerable. Her commitment to fairness and equality of opportunity will continue in her political career.
“R” stands for Responsible and Responsive Representation. This is the core of our democratic system. Politicians need to genuinely represent their constituency. Here’s where Jane’s experience as a family doctor comes in handy. She has spent 30 years listening to patients. For the last 17 years she has listened to people in Markham and Stouffville as they share the deepest concerns of their lives. She’s seen them through some of their best and worst days. She has an informed sense of what Canadians are facing. Moreover, she’s developed the skill of advocacy. Just as she has done as a physician, she will be prepared as a politician to advocate on behalf of the individuals, families and communities that she would represent. Jane is proud to live and work in one of the most culturally diverse regions of this country. Representing so many different perspectives is no small task. It requires wisdom, dialogue and thoughtful reflection. Jane has spent her whole life preparing for this work. Politics is the natural next step in her lifelong vocation to help improve people’s lives.Read more about Jane Philpott See her latest blog posts here