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October 20, 2011 permalink
Eric Hoskins will be the minister of Children and Youth Services in the new Ontario government. Below is his biography from his own Facebook site. As a physician he may bring a new attitude to his ministry.
Dr. Eric Hoskins was first elected in 2009 to represent the people of St. Paul’s as their Member of Provincial Parliament. In 2010, he was appointed to Cabinet with the Citizenship and Immigration portfolio where he introduced the Partnership Project – a plan that is re-shaping the province’s relationship with our thriving and dynamic Not-for-Profit Sector – and helped our newcomers build a better future for their children.
As the MPP for St. Paul’s, Eric has worked to strengthen our province’s healthcare, education system and environment, while making the right investments that are creating jobs in all areas of our province. Even before he was elected, he has been fighting on behalf of tenants in St Paul’s and across Ontario to ensure that their rights are protected and that rental housing is affordable and high-quality.
Eric is a renowned humanitarian, family doctor, loving husband and father—and a proud Ontarian. He has a long and dedicated record of public service. After finishing his medical studies at McMaster and Oxford, he spent more than a decade doing humanitarian work as a doctor in war-torn regions. He later advised then-Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy on such issues as human rights, the landmines ban, child soldiers, peacekeeping, and Africa. Struck by his overseas experiences, Eric co-founded the international charity War Child Canada to help children in war-affected regions.
For his dedication and service, Eric has received awards and accolades such as the Order of Canada and the United Nations Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal. He was also recognized as one of Canada’s five leading activists by Time magazine.
Eric is married to Dr. Samantha Nutt, and they have a six-year old son, Rhys.