|Roy Romanow (photograph supplied by U of S Communications)|
Convocation date: October 27, 2007
Discipline / contribution: public service ; public policy; health care - policy
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A Saskatchewan lawyer, Roy Romanow was born and educated in Saskatoon. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in 1967.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
As Attorney General and Deputy Premier of Saskatchewan he introduced justice reforms, including the provincial legal aid plan and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. As Intergovernmental Affairs Minister he was heavily involved in the Constitutional Accord of 1981 which Accord patriated Canada’s Constitution and entrenched the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. He later co-authored a book on the negotiations entitled Canada Notwithstanding.
Mr. Romanow became Premier of Saskatchewan in 1991, and remained in this position until he retired from politics in 2001. As Premier he dealt with an acute financial crisis in 1992, restoring Saskatchewan’s financial position and making the province the first in Canada to balance its budget in the 1990s.
Mr. Romanow played an active role in the constitutional discussions leading to the Charlottetown Accord of 1993 and in 1999 the formulation of the Social Union Framework Agreement. During his time as Premier, Mr. Romanow introduced a number of fiscal, economic and social reforms including an expansion of the Action Plan for Children, introducing the Building Independence strategy for families on social assistance, and providing enhancements to the provincial health care system.
In April 2001, the Prime Minister appointed Mr. Romanow to head the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. Through his conversations with citizens throughout the country, he focused the attention of Canadians and their governments on the values of health care, health care insurance and the steps needed to preserve and strengthen them. At the time of his appointment to the Commission, he was a senior policy fellow at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina, as well as a visiting fellow at Queen's University and continues in these appointments today.
Mr. Romanow received the 2003 Pan-American Health Organization Award for excellence and leadership in the area of health administration and management. The award particularly recognized Mr. Romanow’s work in the creation of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and in leading the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. That same year, he was appointed to the Privy Council of Canada and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In 2003, Mr. Romanow received the Canadian Public Service Award awarded by the International Foundation, and in 2004 was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Mr. Romanow holds several honorary degrees from other universities.
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