Eric Hoskins

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The Honourable Dr
Eric Hoskins
OC MSC MPP
Eric Hoskins.JPG
Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 11, 2013
Preceded by Brad Duguid
Minister of Children and Youth Services
In office
October 20, 2011 – November 9, 2012
Preceded by Laurel Broten
Succeeded by Teresa Piruzza
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
In office
January 18, 2010 – October 6, 2011
Preceded by Michael Chan
Succeeded by Charles Sousa
Member of Provincial Parliament
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 30, 2009
Preceded by Michael Bryant
Constituency St. Paul's
Personal details
Born Eric William Hoskins
(1960-11-29) November 29, 1960 (age 53)
Simcoe, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Samantha Nutt
Occupation Physician

Eric William Hoskins, OC MSC MPP (born November 29, 1960) is a Canadian administrator and politician. Hoskins was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in a by-election on September 17, 2009, representing St. Paul's as a member of the Ontario Liberal Party.[1] Hoskins was named the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration January 18, 2010. He was appointed as Minister of Children and Youth Services in October 2011 following the 2011 Provincial Election.[2] He resigned on November 9, 2012 to stand as a candidate in the Ontario Liberal Party leadership election. He was eliminated after the first ballot and threw his support to Kathleen Wynne, the eventual winner. On February 11, 2013 he was appointed Minister of Economic Development, Trade & Employment.

He is the former president of War Child Canada.[3] He is a physician who has focused his career on assisting civilians, particularly children, in war zones.[4] He has worked with the United Nations and non-governmental organizations in some of the world's worst conflict areas including Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Burundi, Afghanistan and Pakistan.[5] Hoskins has also provided commentary to the media both in Canada and internationally on various humanitarian-related issues.[6]

Education[edit]

After he attended Simcoe Composite School[7] for high school, Hoskins completed a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry at McMaster University in 1982 and graduated with an M.D. degree from McMaster's Medical School in 1985. Subsequently, Hoskins was awarded a Rhodes scholarship and continued his studies at the University of Oxford where he completed a Ph.D. degree in public health and epidemiology.[8] In addition, Hoskins holds a graduate degree from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, The University of Aberdeen, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.[9]

Working in conflict areas[edit]

From 1987-1990, Hoskins lived and worked in Sudan providing humanitarian relief to Ethiopian refugees in eastern Sudan, and to displaced civilians in southern Sudan.[10] In 1991, Hoskins co-founded the International Study Team, and led a group of international experts to examine the impact of war on the civilian population in Iraq.[11] The study provided a detailed humanitarian assessment of post-Gulf War Iraq.

Having seen the impact of war on Iraqi children, Hoskins lobbied the Canadian government to release over 2 million dollars of frozen Iraqi assets held in Canadian banks, and spent the following two years overseeing the purchase and distribution of food and medicine to tens of thousands of at-risk Iraqi children.[12]

In 1997, Hoskins was asked to join the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lloyd Axworthy, as his Senior Policy Advisor. While at the Department of Foreign Affairs, he was responsible for contributing to Canadian foreign policy in the areas of human rights, human security, humanitarian affairs, peacebuilding, war-affected children and Africa.[13] He later also served as an Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations, and has been involved in setting United Nations policy on issues concerning the protection of children living with war.[14]

War Child Canada[edit]

Hoskins is the co-founder and former president of War Child Canada.[15] a multimillion-dollar Canadian charitable organization that works to raise funds for relief and development programs in support of war-affected children around the world.[16] Working alongside his wife, War Child Executive Director Samantha Nutt, Hoskins has helped the organization develop international relief programs and spread awareness of the issues facing war-affected children.[17]

As President of War Child Canada, Hoskins has been a frequent contributor to Maclean's magazine on war-related issues.[18] He is a regular commentator on CTV, CBC and other major broadcast networks concerning the impact of war on civilians.

Awards and recognition[edit]

At the age of 33, Hoskins became the youngest recipient of the United Nations Association in Canada's Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal and was later awarded the Governor General's Meritorious Service Cross for his work in war-torn communities around the world.[19][20]

In addition to receiving the United Nations Association in Canada's Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal and the Governor General's Meritorious Service Cross, Hoskins has been awarded the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Citation for Citizenship, Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award, and a McMaster University Distinguished Alumni Award.[21]

Hoskins and his wife, Samantha Nutt, received Honorary Doctorates of Law from McMaster University in May 2005 for their work promoting human rights and their role in delivering humanitarian assistance to some of the world's most vulnerable populations. Hoskins also has honorary degrees from Brock and Niagara Universities.[22]

In April 2008, Hoskins received the honour of Officer of the Order of Canada for his humanitarian work.[23]

Politics[edit]

On April 21, 2007, Hoskins was chosen as the Liberal nominee in the riding of Haldimand—Norfolk for the 40th Canadian federal election.[24] He was defeated by Conservative candidate, Diane Finley, coming in second, on October 14, 2008.[25]

On August 12, 2009, Hoskins was nominated to be the Ontario Liberal Party's candidate in the St. Paul's by-election.[26] His opponents were Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy running for the Progressive Conservatives, Julian Heller of the Ontario New Democratic Party and Chris Chopik of the Greens. The by-election, which Hoskins won, was held on September 17, 2009. Hoskins was named the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration January 18, 2010.[27]

In the 2011 Ontario election, Hoskins won his seat in the riding of St. Paul's with 58.41% of the vote, an increase of 11% from the 2009 election.[28] Hoskins was appointed as Minister of Children and Youth Services in October 2011.[29]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2011: St. Paul's
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Eric Hoskins 25,052 58.41
Progressive Conservative Christine McGirr 8,971 20.92
New Democratic David Hynes 7,121 16.60
Green Judith Van Veldhuysen 1,172 2.73
Libertarian John Kittredge 332 0.77
Freedom Mike Rita 88 0.21
Socialist Keith Pinto 83 0.19
Northern Ontario Heritage David Vallance 73 0.17
St. Paul's Provincial By-election - September 17, 2009
Resignation of Michael Bryant
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Eric Hoskins 13192 47.60
Progressive Conservative Sue-Ann Levy 7851 28.33
New Democratic Julian Heller 4677 16.88
Green Chris Chopik 1515 5.47
Libertarian John Kittredge 161 0.58
Special Needs Danish Ahmed 95 0.34
Independent Marius Frederick 84 0.30
Freedom Paul McKeever 61 0.22
Independent John Turmel 52 0.19
Independent Rajendra Rama 24 0.09
Haldimand—Norfolk - Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Diane Finley 19,657 40.8% -7.5% $67,583
Liberal Eric Hoskins 15,577 32.4% -1.9% $72,913
New Democratic Ian Nichols 5,549 11.5% -1.3% $5,509
Independent Gary McHale 4,821 10.0% $22,798
Green Stephana Johnston 2,041 4.2% +0.7% $2,581
Christian Heritage Steven Elgersma 501 1.0% 0.0%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,146 100% $85,391
Majority 4,080 8.48%
Total rejected ballots 248
Turnout 48,394  %

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liberals win easily in St. Paul's byelection". Toronto Star, September 17, 2009.
  2. ^ "Dr. Eric Hoskins — Minister Of Children And Youth Services ". Office of the Premier of Ontario
  3. ^ http://www.warchild.ca/index.php/aboutus/ War Child Canada
  4. ^ http://www.macleans.ca/world/global/article.jsp?content=20040112_73022_73022 Maclean's Magazine "The Unknown War"
  5. ^ http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/main/news/news_2007/hoskins_eric.htm McMaster University "War Child Canada president named to Order of Canada"
  6. ^ http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20030811_63698_63698 - Example of Hoskin's work. Maclean's Magazine Article - A Bloody Road to Peace.
  7. ^ http://www.simcoesabres.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=109&Itemid=143
  8. ^ http://www.ucalgary.ca/md/PARHAD/lectureships/lecture-lecturers-ehoskins.htm The Irma M. Parhad Programme Profile on Eric Hoskins
  9. ^ http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=35028 Official Liberal Candidate Profile of Eric Hoskins
  10. ^ http://archive.peacemagazine.org/v18n2p08.htm Peace Magazine - International Doctoring and Entertaining: Samantha Nutt and Eric Hoskins
  11. ^ http://reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/OCHA-64CLNY?OpenDocument Relief Web - Our common responsibility: The impact of a new war on Iraqi children
  12. ^ http://www.unac.org/en/news_events/pearson/1992.asp United Nations Association in Canada - Pearson Peace Prize Profile on Eric Hoskins
  13. ^ http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/main/news/news_2007/hoskins_eric.htm McMaster University "War Child Canada president named to Order of Canada"
  14. ^ http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/main/news/news_2007/hoskins_eric.htm McMaster University "War Child Canada president named to Order of Canada"
  15. ^ http://www.warchild.ca/images/general/WCC_annual_report_2010.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.warchild.ca/index.php/aboutus/ War Child Canada
  17. ^ http://www.brocku.ca/webnews/displaystory.phtml?TEMPLATE=template.html&sid=1353 Brock University - War Child Canada co-founders to receive honorary degrees at 2005 Brock Fall Convocation
  18. ^ http://www.macleans.ca/world/global/article.jsp?content=20040112_73022_73022 Macleans Magazine - The Unknown War
  19. ^ http://www.unac.org/en/news_events/pearson/1992.asp United Nations Association in Canada - Pearson Peace Prize Profile on Eric Hoskins
  20. ^ http://www.warchild.org/news/News_archive/2004/Hoskins/hoskins.html War Child International - Eric Hoskins leads assessment in Sudan
  21. ^ http://www.brickenden.com/pdf/BioHoskinsDr.Eric.pdf Brickenden Speaker's Bureau - Profile of Eric Hoskins
  22. ^ http://www.warchild.org/news/News_archive/2007/noteworthy/Erik_Hoskins_/erik_hoskins_.html - War Child Canada President named to Order of Canada
  23. ^ http://www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=4984 Governor General of Canada's Official Website - "Media Governor General Announces New Appointments to the Order of Canada"
  24. ^ http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/National/2007/04/01/3887424-sun.html London Free Press - Humanitarian seeks Liberal candidacy
  25. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canadavotes/riding/135/?detectflash=false Haldimand Norfolk Election Results
  26. ^ http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/680511
  27. ^ http://www.thestar.ca/news/ontario/article/682995
  28. ^ "Dr. Eric Hoskins — Minister Of Children And Youth Services ". Office of the Premier of Ontario
  29. ^ "Past Election Results - Elections Ontario". Elections Ontario

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