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SUBJECT: Roy Romanow to deliver Memorial University’s John Kenneth Galbraith Lecture in Public Policy
DATE: Oct. 9, 2002

Note to editors:

Roy Romanow, former premier of Saskathchewan and sole commissioner of the federal government's Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, will be visiting Memorial University to deliver the John Kenneth Galbraith Lecture in Public Policy. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Mr. Romanow will deliver a lecture titled Governance, Accountability and Public Input: Building a Modern Health Care System. His lecture begins at 8 p.m. in the Donald Cook Recital Hall, School of Music, located on Memorial's St. John's campus. A reception will follow the lecture. Parking is available in Lot 15 (free) or 15B ($2 meter). Media agencies are encouraged to send representatives.

A native of Saskatchewan, Mr. Romanow graduated from the University of Saskatchewan where he earned his arts and law degrees. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1967. Between 1971 and 1982, Mr. Romanow served as attorney general and deputy premier of Saskatchewan. In 1979, as Saskatchewan's first minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. Romanow was a key player in the federal-provincial negotiations which resulted in the constitutional accord of November, 1981. He also served as a member on the Canadian Medical Association Task Force on the Allocation of Health Care Resources from 1983 to 1985.

In 1991, Mr. Romanow became premier of Saskatchewan. His government introduced a number of fiscal, economic and social reforms to improve family services and the provincial health care system. He retired from politics in February, 2001, and was soon appointed a senior fellow in public policy at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina, and is also a visiting fellow in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University. On April 4, 2001, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Health Minister Allan Rock announced a Commission on the future of Health Care in Canada. Mr. Romanow was appointed as sole commissioner. The commission commenced its work on May 1, 2001.

The John Kenneth Galbraith Lecture in Public Policy is an initiative of Memorial University's Public Policy Research Centre, the Office of the Dean of Arts and the Office of the President. Made possible through a generous donation from Dr. Galbraith, the annual lecture is intended to bring to Memorial University outstanding figures whose work reflects their commitment to excellence in scholarship and public affairs.

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