|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
November 17, 2014
|Preceded by||Rob Merrifield|
|Mayor of Fort St. John, British Columbia|
|Preceded by||Steve Thorlakson|
|Succeeded by||Bruce Lantz|
William James Eglinski
December 15, 1948
Two Hills, Alberta
William James Eglinski MP (born December 15, 1948) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Yellowhead in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2014 by-election. Eglinski is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada.
He was re-elected in the Canadian federal election, 2015 with over 70 percent of the vote. In the 42nd Canadian Parliament, his Conservative Party formed the Official Opposition. While he was not assigned to a critic role, Eglinski did introduce one private member bill into the House of Commons, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (abuse of vulnerable persons) (Bill C-206), which sought to make physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse of a senior or someone who depends on others due to a mental or physical disability to be an aggravating circumstance for sentencing purposes. The bill was introduced on December 10, 2015, but did not advance to second reading.
In 2016, Eglinski surprised many by participating in the flag-raising to kick off Pride Week in Jasper, Alberta, a rare move for a Conservative MP. Acknowledging that he once opposed condoning homosexuality and saw no need for LGBT pride celebration, Eglinski credited his change of heart to the coming-out of one of his grandchildren.
In late 2017, Eglinski faced nomination challenge for re-election from Ryan Ouderkirk, a parliamentary assistant to fellow MP David Yurdiga. "Surprised" by and "not happy" with the challenge, Eglinski announced in January 2018 that he would not seek re-election in 2019.
Prior to his election, Eglinski worked for 40 years as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, and served as a councillor and eventually mayor for the town of Fort St. John, British Columbia. He was born in Two Hills, Alberta and raised in Chipman, Alberta on a farm.
|Canadian federal election, 2015: Yellowhead|
|New Democratic||Ken Kuzminski||4,753||9.0||-3.88||–|
|Green||Sandra Wolf Lange||1,538||2.9||-2.44||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||52,525||100.0||$257,007.56|
|Total rejected ballots||161||–||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|November 17, 2014: YellowheadCanadian federal by-election,|
|Liberal||Ryan Heinz Maguhn||2,518||20.0|
|New Democratic||Eric Rosendahl||1,203||9.5|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||100.0||–|
|Total rejected ballots||-|
|By-election due to the resignation of Rob Merrifield.|
|Source: "List of candidates — Yellowhead (Alberta) — By-election (Monday, November 17, 2014)". Elections Canada. Archived from the original on October 27, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.|
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