Doug Eyolfson

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Doug Eyolfson
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Steven Fletcher
Personal details
Born 1963 (age 54–55)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Sowmya Dakshinamurti
Alma mater University of Manitoba
Profession Physician

Doug Eyolfson (born 1963) is a Canadian physician and Liberal politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[1][not in citation given]

Eyolfson was born and raised in Winnipeg, and studied medicine at the University of Manitoba. He worked for 20 years as an emergency department physician in Winnipeg and was the medical director of Manitoba’s land ambulance program.[2][3] On February 9, 2013, he attracted notice for saving the life of a man who went into cardiac arrest on a transit bus that Eyolfson happened to be riding on at the time.[4][5]

He was acclaimed as the Liberal Party's nominee in Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley on March 30, 2015, and took a leave of absence from his medical practice during the campaign.[5] Eyolfson stated that his reason for running for Parliament stemmed from his experience as an emergency physician where he saw the daily impacts of poverty, homelessness, substance abuse and crime.[6] Eyolfson won the election, unseating Conservative incumbent and former cabinet minister Steven Fletcher by over 6,000 votes in a huge upset.[7]

Eyolfson introduced his first private member’s bill, C-373, An Act respecting a federal framework on distracted driving in October 2017.[8] Eyolfson’s private member’s bill would have the federal justice and transport ministers work with the provinces to create a framework aimed at deterring and preventing distracted driving.[9] Eyolfson stated the reason he introduced the bill was due to his experiences as an emergency department physician where he treated multiple victims of distracted driving.[10] The bill was defeated at Second Reading March 21, 2018. [11]

In October of 2017, Eyolfson sponsored S-228, the Child Health Protection Act in the House of Commons. The bill seeks to amend the Food and Drugs Act in an effort to fight childhood obesity by prohibiting the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages towards children. [12] Eyolfson stated his previous experience as a doctor and his desire to take steps towards reducing childhood obesity and the risk of premature onset of chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease as his reasoning for sponsoring the legislation. [13]

On April 18 2018, the Standing Committee on Health tabled its report Pharmacare now: prescription medicine coverage for all Canadians. [14] Eyolfson, a member of the health committee, helped draft the committee’s report. [15] The committee made 18 recommendations it said could form a blueprint for a new single-payer, publicly funded prescription drug program for all Canadians. Eyolfson told the Winnipeg Free Press that a national pharmacare program would mean "the ability to bulk-buy [pharmaceuticals] would save billions of dollars a year," and could introduce provinces to newer, cheaper medications that are more effective. [16] In his community report, Eyolfson stated, “It’s evident a National Pharmacare Plan would both save billions annually and save lives. As a result, I’m calling upon the government to fully implement a National Pharmacare Plan that is universal, comprehensive, evidence-based, and sustainable.” [17]

Eyolfson sits as a member of the Standing Committee on Health and the Standing Committee on Veteran Affairs and is the chair of the Northern and Prairie Caucus.[18]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Doug Eyolfson 24,531 52.0 +33.6
Conservative Steven Fletcher 18,408 39.0 -18.6
New Democratic Tom Paulley 2,842 6.0 -14.1
Green Kevin Nichols 1,376 2.9 -1.1
Total valid votes/Expense limit 47,157 100.0     $197,421.64
Total rejected ballots 195
Turnout 47,352 74.6%
Eligible voters 63,466
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +26.1
Source: Elections Canada[19][20]


  1. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Meet Doug Eyolfson,
  3. ^ "Who is who in the Liberal caucus". 3 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Diana Moes VandeHoef, Profile: Dr. Doug Eyolfson, Doctors Manitoba.
  5. ^ a b Local ER doctor acclaimed as federal Liberal candidate, The Winnipeg Free Press, March 31, 2015.
  6. ^ "Doug Eyolfson, Liberal — Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley - CBC News". 
  7. ^ Eyolfson snatches Charleswood from Fletcher, The Winnipeg Sun, October 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "LEGISinfo – Private Member's Bill C-373 (42-1)". 
  9. ^ "MP introduces bill to put distracted driving on fed's agenda". 25 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Comments, Posted: 10/18/2017 8:34 PM (18 October 2017). "Manitoba MP tables bill aimed at cracking down on texting motorists" – via 
  11. ^ "LEGISinfo – Private Member's Bill C-373 (42-1)". Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  12. ^ Kirkup, Kristy (29 December 2017). "Legislation barring food marketing for kids likely to pass in new year". 
  13. ^ Geary, rea (29 January 2018). "Eyolfson working on public health, safety issues" – via 
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  18. ^ "Doug Eyolfson". 
  19. ^ "Voter Information Service – Who are the candidates in my electoral district?". 
  20. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.

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