Jim Eglinski was born and raised in Alberta and is currently a resident of Yellowhead County. At the age of 19, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and completed 35 years of service in the Province of British Columbia. Following his retirement, he continued his public service by serving two terms on the Fort St. John, B.C., city council — once as a councillor and once as mayor. He was born in Two Hills, Alberta and raised in Chipman, Alberta on a farm. Jim also worked for British Columbia in the Coroner’s Services, the Taxation Department and the Gaming Branch as a Special Investigator.
Jim and his wife Nancy returned home to Alberta and chose Yellowhead to be near family and in particular their young grandchildren. Jim won the by-election in November 2014 and was re-elected to the House of Commons in October 2015.
In the 41st Parliament, he served on two committees: Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) and the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM).
Later, he sat on the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. Before this, he served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development.
On January 29th, 2018, he was officially named as a member of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC). This committee studies the policies and programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the organizations within the Portfolio. These organizations are active in the fields of promoting culture, the arts, heritage, audiovisual, sport, official languages, citizenship and participation as well as Aboriginal, youth and sport initiatives.
On September 19, 2018, he was officially named to two new committees: the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) and the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament (BILI).
SECU reviews the policies, programs and expenditure plans of government departments and agencies responsible for public safety and national security, policing and law enforcement, corrections and conditional release of federal offenders, emergency management, crime prevention and the protection of Canada’s borders.
BILI consists of Members from both the House of Commons and Senate, and it assists the Speakers of both Chambers in reviewing the effectiveness, management, and operation of the Library. The Speakers of both chambers, assisted by the Joint Committee, direct the day-to-day functioning of the Library, and, with the approval of both Houses, may make orders and regulations to govern how the Library is managed and how moneys are expended. The Joint Committee, under this arrangement, plays a role in the direction of the Library of Parliament by supporting the Speakers as they provide direction to the Library.
Throughout his career, Jim has always taken an active interest in a variety of service clubs and organizations. His natural leadership abilities enabled him to act as the President of most of those organizations. His interest in aircraft led him to achieve a Commercial Pilots’ license. Other interests include classic car restoration and RVing.