Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins has resigned as Minister and MPP. He announced his resignation through a statement posted on twitter. Hoskins is expected to be appointed by the Federal Government to lead the development of a national pharmacare strategy. His replacement will be Dr. Helena Jaczek, previously the Minister of Community and Social Services. Premier Wynne announced changes to Ontario’s Executive Council to correspond with Hoskins departure.
Michael Coteau will replace Jaczek as Minister of Community and Social Services, while maintaining his role as Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister responsible for Anti-Racism. It is not expected that there will be any other major changes in cabinet due to the impending election.
Dr. Helena Jaczek
Dr. Helena Jaczek was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007 as the MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham. She was re-elected in 2011 and 2014.
Jaczek currently serves as Minister of Community and Social Services, as well as Chair of Cabinet, and will be shedding this role to serve as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
She has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health Promotion.
Dr. Jaczek has also served on the Standing Committee on Social Policy, as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on General Government, the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions, and the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
After working in general practice on staff at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Dr. Jaczek became the Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner of Health Services for the Regional Municipality of York. She was responsible for public health, land ambulance and long-term care in a region of more than one million people.
Dr. Jaczek received her medical degree and Master of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.