Remembering Meyer Brownstone (1922 – 2019)

April 5, 2019

The department of Political Science is remembering former Associate Chair Professor Meyer Brownstone who passed away on April 3rd aged 96. One of the architects of Canada’s first public health insurance system, he was awarded the prestigious Pearson Prize Medal in 1987 by the United Nations Association in Canada.

His many positions included Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs (Saskatchewan, 1960), U.N. Advisor to the Government of Jamaica (1962), Supervisor of Research for the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (Ottawa, 1964), Professor and Director of Political Economy (University of Toronto), U.N. Advisor to the Government of Tanzania (1969), Professor of Environmental Studies (York University), Advisor for the reorganization of the Winnipeg government (1971-72) and Chair of Oxfam Canada between 1975 and 1992.

Visitation will be held on Sunday April 7th from 1-2 pm, followed by a life celebration at 2 pm, in the Chapel of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery (375 Mount Pleasant Road, East Gate entrance). For online condolences please visit In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Oxfam Canada.

A dedicated obituary will appear in the next issue of the departmental newsletter.

In the meantime, you can read about this champion of social justice and peace around the world by clicking on the links below:

The Mount Pleaseant Funeral Centre Obituary

CBC Article

The Jewish Post & News