Dr. Eric Hoskins is Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
Hoskins completed his MD at McMaster University, before attending post-graduate studies in the UK, at Aberdeen, Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Hoskins worked as a doctor in a number of African countries facing humanitarian crises, including the South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia and Iraq.
Hoskins co-founded the International Study Team, which examined the impact of the Gulf War on the Iraqi civilian population, and later co-founded War Child Canada, a multi-million dollar charitable organization that fundraises for relief and development programs in war-torn regions around the world.
For his work with War Child Canada–which his wife, Samantha Nutt, serves as Executive Director for–Hoskins received the Royal Order of Canada in 2008. He has also participated in UN missions in a number of developing regions.
He is the youngest recipient to ever receive the Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal (distributed by United Nations Association in Canada), and has also won the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross medal.
Hoskins first entered politics in 1997, when he worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy. He later served as Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations.
Hoskins was first elected in 2009 in a by-election for the riding of St. Paul’s, following the resignation of Michael Bryant. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2015, winning over 58% of the votes in each.
In former Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Cabinet, Hoskins served as Minister of Children and Youth Services as well as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
Following McGuinty’s resignation, Hoskins made a leadership bid. He was defeated after the first ballot, and subsequently endorsed eventual-Premier Kathleen Wynne.
In Wynne’s Cabinet, Hoskins has previously served as Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, before taking his current position.