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Health Accord, opioids, assisted dying, and more keep lobbyists focused on Philpott

By Derek Abma      

‘The first thing you realize is that she actually understands the issues,’ says HealthCareCAN’s Bill Tholl on Health Minister Jane Philpott, who is a physician.

Health Minister Jane Philpott is in demand from lobbyists, with 115 communication reports filed for contact with her since she came to office. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

With the federal government having worked out new health-funding arrangements with most provinces, passed assisted-dying legislation, started a process to legalize marijuana, and facing a national opioid crisis, it’s not surprising Health Minister Jane Philpott would see an ample amount of lobbying since coming to office. Ms. Philpott (Markham-Stouffville, Ont.) has been named in 115 communication reports filed on the federal lobbyists registry since starting the job in November 2015 up until earlier this month. Groups lobbying her

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