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Philpott gets hero’s welcome for new book

With a new book in hand and top-of-the-chart sales for it, Jane Philpott returned to Stouffville recently as part of a triumphant tour that saw the one-time MP and cabinet minister, family physician, and now dean of Queen’s University Faculty of Medicine greeting a sell-out crowd at Willow Spring Winery.

Health for All, A Doctor’s Prescription for a Healthier Canada has been a surprise smash if you believe Philpott’s estimation of her writing success. But it did not come as a surprise for many others who have followed Philpott’s noteworthy achievements and reputation. The book combines her years of experience as a physician, both here an around the world, with her insights as a parliamentarian to bring what is a “deeply personal call” for practical public health policies in Canada.

Packed by local well-wishers and fans, including many from the medical community, Philpott took questions from the audience and her book tour host, fellow one-time politician, author, and Liberal party outcast Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Jane Philpott answers questions from book event host Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Both Philpott and Wilson-Raybould made headlines for pushing back against the Prime Minister’s Office for what they considered to be unscrupulous dealings while members of Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinet. For their stand, despite being perhaps the most well-regarded ministers in government, they were unceremoniously excommunicated, not only from their cabinet posts but from the Liberal caucus in 2019.

While the Liberal government’s reputation has dimmed greatly since then, that of Philpott and Wilson-Raybould have not, and perhaps why there has been great attention to the words both have put in print since leaving politics.

But given the political angle inherent to Health for All, it’s worth wondering if Philpott was done with politics forever. It is a question that apparently has come up at almost every stop in the tour and came up at the Stouffville stop too. While professing her love for her current role, she pointedly did not rule it out.

“I never say never,” she said to a hearty round of applause.

 

 

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