Eric, his wife Dr. Samantha Nutt, and their son Rhys

Eric, his wife Dr. Samantha Nutt, and their son Rhys

Dr. Eric Hoskins was first elected as the MPP for the Toronto riding of St. Paul’s in 2009. He served most recently as Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services. He previously served as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Eric is a renowned humanitarian, family doctor, husband and father – and a proud Ontarian with a long and dedicated record of public service.

The youngest of five children, Eric was born and raised in the small town of Simcoe in rural southwestern Ontario near the shores of Lake Erie.

After finishing his medical studies at McMaster University, and subsequently at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, Eric spent nearly a decade as a doctor and humanitarian in war-torn regions in Africa and around the world. Eric later served as the senior advisor to then Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy on such issues as human rights, child soldiers, peacekeeping and the landmines ban. Together with his wife Dr. Samantha Nutt, the two founded the international charity War Child Canada to help hundreds of thousands of children in war-affected regions across the globe.

Eric has been recognized for his humanitarian work and public service. In 2008, he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has also received the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross, and has been awarded the United Nations Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal.