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Medicare in Canada:
What is Wrong, and How to Fix It 

November 6, 2009

Elinor CaplanHonourable Elinor Caplan

The Hon. Elinor Caplan's political career began as an elected Municipal Alderman in North York from 1978-1985. During that time, she was chair of almost every major council committee. Elinor gained extensive experience in municipal planning, transportation, and human services.

As an Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament (1985-97), she served in the Peterson Government as Minister of Government Services, Chair of Management Board, and Chair of the Cabinet. However, she is best known as Ontario's Health Minister (1987-1990).

Elected as Federal MP for Thornhill (1997-2004), Elinor served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health before joining the Chrétien Cabinet in 1999 as Minister of Citizenship & Immigration. In 2001, she was named Minister of National Revenue, where she had responsibility for Revenue Canada as well as Canada Customs. Elinor was responsible for the implementation of the Canada/USA Smart Border Accord. Her recommendation to establish the Canadian Border Services Agency was accepted by Rt Hon Paul Martin.

While in Federal cabinet (1999-2003), Elinor served on the Public Security and Anti-Terrorism committee, the Social Union committee, the Reference Group of Ministers on Health, as well as the Reference Group of Ministers on the Voluntary Sector. She did not seek re-election in 2004.

In 2005, Elinor completed a review of Ontario Home Care Procurement Policy & Practices. The 'Caplan Report' (Competing for Excellence by Rewarding Results) recommendations have been accepted by government & are being implemented.

In February 2006, Elinor completed the Director Education Program as well as the Finance Program for Corporate Directors at the University of Toronto, Rotman School. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and The Institute of Public Administration Canada (IPAC).

From 2005-2007, Elinor was the Governance, Program & Financial, Lead, on the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care project to create independent governance for Sunnybrook Health Science Centre & Women's College Hospital. Her work supported the governments Transformation Agenda, and should result in the creation of a Centre of Excellence in Academic Ambulatory Care at the new Women's College Hospital.

Elinor is a member of the Board of Directors of Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and is the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.            

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