David Eggen

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David Eggen
David Eggen.jpg
David Eggen in 2011
MLA for Edmonton-Calder
Assumed office
Preceded by Doug Elniski
In office
Preceded by Brent Rathgeber
Succeeded by Doug Elniski
Personal details
Born 1962/1963 (age 52–53)[1]
Political party New Democrat
Occupation teacher

David Manson Eggen is a Canadian politician. He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the riding of Edmonton-Calder from 2004 to 2008, and was subsequently reelected to represent the same district in 2012.[2] Eggen has declared his intention to stand in the NDP leadership election being held to choose a successor to Brian Mason.[3]


Eggen was educated at the University of Alberta where he received a Bachelor of Education degree in 1984. Eggen then went to Zimbabwe where he taught for three years. At this point, he returned to Edmonton where he taught at local schools from 1990 to 2004. He also coached a wide variety of sports for high school and community teams. In 1996 and 1997, he also served as an education consultant to the Wat Dhammamongkol Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. He volunteered as an animator at Fort Edmonton Park. Finally, he is a provincial trustee with the Forum for Young Albertans. He is also a member of the Diversity, Equality and Human Rights committee for the Alberta Teachers’ Association and an amateur musician. He lives in Edmonton with his wife, their two daughters, plus the family cat and dog.

Political career[edit]

Eggen was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, as a New Democrat, in the general election on November 22, 2004, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Brent Rathgeber.

He was the first NDP representative elected in Edmonton-Calder since 1993, increasing his party's share of the vote from 18% to 36%. His victory was widely attributed to a two-year canvassing campaign in the run-up to the election. He narrowly defeated PC incumbent Brent Rathgeber. His strategies are now being implemented as standards for campaigns across the province.[citation needed] He served as the NDP's critic for Agriculture and Food, Environment, K-12 Education, Sustainable Resource Development, and Tourism and Culture.

He was defeated in the 2008 election by Progressive Conservative Doug Elniski. Eggen regained his seat in the 2012 provincial election.

Life after politics[edit]

On June 1, 2008, Eggen assumed the Alberta executive director's position for Friends of Medicare, an advocacy group that supports public healthcare.[4]


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  2. ^ "Alberta Election 2012: NDP picks up support, falls short of goal". Edmonton Journal, April 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "David Eggen to seek leadership of Alberta NDP". Edmonton Journal. May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ Loome, Jeremy (June 10, 2008). "Ex-MLA now heads Friends of Medicare". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 2008-06-10. [dead link]