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Members of the Elections Canada Advisory Board

The Honourable Roy Romanow

Roy Romanow is Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan and at the University of Regina, and Visiting Fellow in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University.

Mr. Romanow was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1967. He served as a member of the Canadian Medical Association Task Force on the Allocation of Health Care Resources from 1983 to 1985 and was acclaimed Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party in 1987. In 1991 he was elected Premier of Saskatchewan, a post he held until the spring of 2001 when he retired from active political life. In 2003, he was appointed to the Privy Council of Canada and named to the Security Intelligence Review Committee.

Mr. Romanow has been a key player in public life and constitutional development. Between 1971 and 1982, he served as Deputy Premier of Saskatchewan and as Saskatchewan's Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and was a key player in the federal-provincial negotiations that resulted in the Constitutional Accord and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In 2001, he was appointed by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to head the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada with a mandate to recommend measures to ensure the long-term sustainability of a universally accessible, high quality, publicly administered health care system for all Canadians. The Commission's final report, Building On Values, was released on November 28, 2002.

Mr. Romanow graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned his arts and law degrees. In 1982, he was appointed Visiting Scholar at the University of Saskatchewan. During this period, he co-authored a book on the making of Canada's new Constitution entitled Canada ... Notwithstanding.