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Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care: Year Two Update
Deb Matthews was elected to the Ontario Legislature by the people of London North Centre in 2003, and re elected in 2007 and 2011. In 2007 she was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. She has been Minister of Health and Long Term Care since 2009 and in February 2013 was named Deputy Premier of Ontario. As Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction, Deb led the development of Breaking the Cycle, an ambitious strategy that has, at last count, lifted 40,000 children and their families out of poverty. She is recognized as being a driving force behind the historic Ontario Child Benefit. She also introduced the Poverty Reduction Act, which legislated an ongoing commitment to poverty reduction. As Minister of Health and Long Term Care, she led a major initiative to significantly reduce the cost of prescription generic drugs for all Ontarians. As well, she spearheaded the unanimous passage of the Excellent Care for All Act, ECFAA. This act has strengthened the health care sector’s public focus and accountability to deliver high quality patient care. She also introduced Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, which is transforming Ontario’s health care system to provide better care and get better value for our health dollars. Deb was born in London where she has lived her entire life. She has three children and five grandchildren.