Jim Eglinski

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Jim Eglinski
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Yellowhead
In office
November 17, 2014 – October 21, 2019
Preceded byRob Merrifield
Succeeded byGerald Soroka
Mayor of Fort St. John, British Columbia
In office
Preceded bySteve Thorlakson
Succeeded byBruce Lantz
Personal details
William James Eglinski

(1948-12-15) December 15, 1948 (age 71)
Two Hills, Alberta, Canada
Political partyConservative
ResidenceEdson, Alberta, Canada

William James Eglinski (born December 15, 1948) is a Canadian politician who represented the riding of Yellowhead from 2014 to 2019 as a member of the Conservative Party.


Eglinski was born in Two Hills, Alberta and raised in Chipman, Alberta on a farm.[1] He 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.[2]

Federal Politics[edit]

Eglinski was first elected to represent the riding Yellowhead in a 2014 by-election.[3][4]

He was re-elected in the 2015 Canadian federal election with over 70 percent of the vote.[5] 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.[6]

In the 2017 Conservative Party leadership contest, Eglinski initially endorsed eventual winner Andrew Scheer, but later switched his endorsement to Erin O'Toole.[7]

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.[8]

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Yellowhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Jim Eglinski 37,950 72.3 -5.77
Liberal Ryan Maguhn 7,467 14.2 +11.31
New Democratic Ken Kuzminski 4,753 9.0 -3.88
Green Sandra Wolf Lange 1,538 2.9 -2.44
Libertarian Cory Lystang 817 1.6 -1.4
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,525 100.0     $257,007.56
Total rejected ballots 161
Turnout 52,686 71.2%
Eligible voters 73,996
Conservative hold Swing -8.54
Source: Elections Canada[9][10]
Canadian federal by-election, November 17, 2014: Yellowhead
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Jim Eglinski 7,884 62.6
Liberal Ryan Heinz Maguhn 2,518 20.0
New Democratic Eric Rosendahl 1,203 9.5
Independent Dean Williams 622 4.9
Libertarian Cory Lystang 374 3.0
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0   –  
Total rejected ballots -
Turnout 12,601 16.06
Eligible voters 78,481
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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