Jane Philpott: I’m A Misfit But I Still Belong

Digging Deep with Mark Sutcliffe

Jun 24 2022 • 1 hr 4 mins

Physician, academic administrator, and former Canadian cabinet minister Jane Philpott dreamed of building things when she was a child. Today, she looks at the things that have been built around her, and dreams of ways to fix them so that everyone can have a better life. Jane shares the story of a little girl who wanted to be an engineer, but grew up to be a doctor – using the advantages she’d been given in life to figure out ways to lift others up. She tells us about the nine years she spent working as a physician in Africa, which helped shape her perspective in many ways, but it was also a period when she suffered her greatest loss. We hear about her thoughts on fixing the healthcare system, rebuilding trust after the pandemic, and her feelings as she looks back on her political career. And we learn how someone who has had many of life’s greatest advantages can still feel like a misfit.



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