Phil Eyler

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Philip Lee "Phil" Eyler (born September 1, 1948 in Hagerstown, Maryland) is a former politician in Manitoba, Canada.[1] He was a New Democratic[2] member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1981 to 1986.[3]

The son of Donald W. Eyler and Helen F. Dern,[4] he was educated at Bridgewater College, Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and the University of Manitoba.[1] He has several academic degrees, including a certificate in resource management from the latter institution. In 1975, Eyler married Paula J. Harper.[4]

He was elected to the Manitoba legislature in the provincial election of 1981,[1] defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Harold Piercy by 46 votes in the upscale north Winnipeg riding of River East.[5] He was not appointed to cabinet, but served as Deputy Speaker[6] from December 2, 1982 to February 11, 1986.[3]

Eyler lost to Tory candidate Bonnie Mitchelson in the 1986 provincial election. The NDP have been unable to recover the seat in the intervening years, and Eyler has not sought a comeback in provincial politics.[5] Following his defeat, he was appointed to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. Eyler currently resides in Kenora, Ontario.


  1. ^ a b c "WCPI search results". University of Winnipeg. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  2. ^ Services, Corpus Information (1985). Corpus almanac & Canadian sourcebook. Corpus Information Services. p. 7. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  4. ^ a b Normandin, Pierre G (1984). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  5. ^ a b "River East". Manitoba. CBC News. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  6. ^ Doern, Russell (1985). The battle over bilingualism: the Manitoba language question, 1983-85. Cambridge Publishers. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-9692313-0-1. Retrieved 12 April 2011. Rumours indicated that if the speaker refused to comply, the government would call upon non-descript deputy speaker Phil Eyler to conduct the vote.