Darrell Pasloski

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Darrell Pasloski
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8th Premier of Yukon
Minister of Finance
In office
June 11, 2011 – December 3, 2016
Commissioner Doug Phillips
Preceded by Dennis Fentie
Succeeded by Sandy Silver
MLA for Mountainview
In office
October 11, 2011 – November 7, 2016
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Jeanie Dendys
Leader of the Yukon Party
In office
May 28, 2011 – November 7, 2016
Preceded by Dennis Fentie
Succeeded by Stacey Hassard
Personal details
Born Darrell Thomas Pasloski
(1960-12-02) December 2, 1960 (age 56)[1]
St. Boniface, Manitoba
Political party Yukon Party
Other political
Conservative Party of Canada
Spouse(s) Tammie
Residence Whitehorse, Yukon
Education University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy
Occupation Pharmacist, business owner

Darrell Thomas Pasloski (born December 2, 1960) is a territorial politician from Yukon, Canada, who was leader of the Yukon Party, and served as the eighth Premier of Yukon from 2011 to 2016. His party was defeated in the general election of November, 2016, and he lost his own seat. He was succeeded by Sandy Silver as Premier of Yukon on December 3, 2016.[2]

Early life[edit]

The oldest of three children, Darrell Pasloski was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, with his family moving to Saskatchewan when he was a year old. Between grades 6 – 9, Pasloski and his family resided in High Level, Alberta, which was booming at the time with 1,000-1,500 people in the community.

Pasloski attended the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, though he initially considered medical school. In 1982, Pasloski graduated with distinction from the College of Pharmacy.

Following graduation, he moved to Red Deer, Alberta for his first job.

Pasloski took a new position with Shoppers Drug Mart in Red Deer in 1986. The following year, he took over as the store owner. In June, 1987, Pasloski opened the first Shoppers Drug Mart in Yorkton, Sask.

In 1991, he moved to Whitehorse and took over the Shoppers Drug Mart at Qwanlin Mall and later purchased the second Shoppers Drug Mart on Main Street.

By 2009, Pasloski relinquished ownership of both Shoppers Drug Mart locations and people began encouraging him to run territorially and for leadership of the Yukon Party.[3]

Court case[edit]

Pasloski appeared in a Yukon territorial court and plead guilty to charges on September 7, 2005 after the Shoppers Drug Mart store number 299 operating under the corporation titled Darrell Pasloski Pharmacy Ltd. was caught selling tobacco to an undercover minor. The store was first warned in November 2002 and a second incident occurred which resulted in charges on October 23, 2004. His company was fined $400.00 under the federal Tobacco Act.[4]

Political career[edit]

Pasloski ran for a seat to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2008 Canadian federal election under the Conservative banner. He finished second place to incumbent Larry Bagnell in a four way race in the Yukon electoral district.[5]

Pasloski ran for leadership of the territorial Yukon Party and won at a convention held on May 28, 2011, winning over MLA Jim Kenyon and businessman Rod Taylor.[6] He was formally sworn in as leader and premier on June 11.[7] He was not a sitting member of the Yukon Legislative Assembly at the time of his investiture as premier; however, he won a seat in the 2011 election, representing the new electoral district of Mountainview.

Pasloski's government was defeated in the 2016 election in which he came in third in his constituency. He announced his resignation as Yukon Party leader on election night.[8]

Election record[edit]

Yukon general election, 2016[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Jeanie Dendys 439 34.6% +14.5%
  NDP Shaunagh Stikeman 432 34.0% -1.0%
Yukon Party Darrell Pasloski 399 31.4% -13.3%
Total 1,270 100.0%

Yukon general election. 2011[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Yukon Party Darrell Pasloski 480 44.7%
  NDP Stephen Dunbar-Edge 376 35.0%
  Liberal Dave Sloan 216 20.1%
Total 1,072 100.0%

Canadian federal election, 2008[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Larry Bagnell 6,715 45.80 -3.26 $56,745
Conservative Darrell Pasloski 4,788 32.66 +9.12 $68,782
Green John Streicker 1,881 12.83 +9.00 $14,609
New Democratic Ken Bolton 1,276 8.70 -14.85 $13,004
Total valid votes/Expense limit 14,660 100.0% $82,727
Liberal hold Swing -6.19

Personal life[edit]

Pasloski is married and has four grown children.[9]