Federal Election: Health, Environment and Education Experts Available


TORONTO, October 16, 2019 – A universal national pharmacare program, a single-use plastic ban, and increased education spending are just some of the promises being made by federal party leaders in their platforms.

York University experts on health, environment and education are available to discuss key election issues including:

  • What it would take to create a national pharmacare program
  • What the party leaders are promising in their platforms to address climate change
  • How education policies impact students


Mary E. Wiktorowicz is a professor of Health Policy and Management in the Faculty of Health. She has conducted extensive research on global health governance, pharmacogovernance and mental health policy. Wiktorowicz can comment on a national pharmacare program, and government approaches to health policy, particularly access to mental health care, and pharmaceutical policy.


Mark Winfield is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and co-chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative. His research and teaching focuses on the areas of sustainable energy and low-carbon transitions; climate change; and environmental policy and governance. Winfield can comment on climate change policy, carbon pricing, clean technology strategies, as well as environmental policy, including Bill C-69 and the federal environmental assessment process.



Sue Winton is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education. An expert in education policy and democracy, her research examines how education policies and policy processes impact equity, diversity, social justice, and public participation in policymaking. Winton can comment on privatization of public education and a wide range of K-12 education policies including fundraising and school fees.



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