Health Care in Canada and the United States: A Comparative Perspective, 2/7


Canada Program Seminar:

Healthcare in Canada and the United States: A Comparative Perspective

The Hon. George Smitherman, MPP

Deputy Premier, Minister of Health, Ontario Canada

Thursday, February 7, 4-6pm

Loeb House, 17 Quincy Street, Cambridge

George Smitherman was first elected to serve the diverse communities of downtown Toronto in 1999, but his interest in politics was sown over 20 years earlier. Inspired by the life and politics of Pierre Trudeau, he gained experience at all three levels of government, working in support of several senior political leaders. >From his home base in Toronto's gay community, where he owned and operated a small business for nearly a decade, Smitherman launched his campaign for public office. He became Ontario's first openly gay MPP in 1999. In 2003, he was appointed Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the largest government department in Canada. As the longest serving Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in the last quarter century, Smitherman has strongly led McGuinty Government initiatives such as the effort to reduce wait times and enhance access to doctors, nurses and other health professionals. In the community, Smitherman is well-known for his advocacy in areas such as housing, human rights, heritage preservation, community economic development and efforts to combat guns and drugs. He married his partner Christopher in the summer of 2007, north of Elliot Lake, Ontario. They live in Cabbagetown with three cats.

The WCFIA Canada Program Seminar is off the record, free and open to the public, and chaired by Professor Richard Simeon, the 2007-08 William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies. For more information, please check  or contact us directly, via email: or phone: (617) 495-3671