Paul Martin, Sr Biography
(Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs (1963-68))
Birthday: June 23, 1903 (Cancer)
Born In: Ottawa, Canada
Paul Martin was a distinguished politician from Canada. He is also known as Paul Martin Sr., and was a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. Besides, this famous personality is also the father of Paul Martin Jr., who became the 21st Prime Minister of Canada. Initially, he studied law at Harvard, before taking the plunge into politics. Referred to as a father of Medicare, he served as the Minister of National Health and Welfare and brought about a good number of welfare measures in the medical field for the public. The dedicated politician was instrumental in the creation of hospital insurance and introduced federal system of health grants to support general public health services, tuberculosis and venereal disease control, mental health care, cancer control, prevention and control of crippling conditions in children, professional training, public health research and hospital construction. He also contended for Liberal leadership thrice, but was not successful. Subsequently, he was made Senator, and later the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Martin continued to be the Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor till his death at the ripe age of 89. This famed politician was also affected by polio since his childhood, but owing to his undeterred spirit he rose to great heights in his career.