Doug Phillips (politician)

Douglas George Phillips[2][3] (born December 4, 1946) is a Canadian businessman and politician and the former Commissioner of Yukon.

Doug Phillips
16th Commissioner of Yukon
In office
December 17, 2010  January 31, 2018[1]
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Justin Trudeau
PremierDennis Fentie
Darrell Pasloski
Sandy Silver
Preceded byGeraldine Van Bibber
Succeeded byAngélique Bernard
MLA for Riverdale North
In office
May 13, 1985  April 17, 2000
Preceded byChris Pearson
Succeeded byDale Eftoda
Personal details
Douglas George Phillips

(1946-12-04) December 4, 1946
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyYukon Progressive Conservative Party (1985-1992)
Yukon Party (1992-2000)
Spouse(s)Dale Stokes

Born in Toronto in 1946, Phillips moved to Whitehorse with his family as a child.[4] He was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in 1985, serving fifteen years as the Yukon Party MLA for the territorial riding of Riverdale North. He served in the cabinet of Premier John Ostashek, holding the positions of Minister of Tourism, Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for the Women's Directorate, Minister of Justice, and Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission. He retired from the Legislature in 2000, and was appointed to numerous boards and commissions in the years afterwards.[4] In 2004 he joined the Yukon Land Use Planning Council, and was serving as its chair when he was appointed Commissioner of Yukon by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[4] He was also the Yukon Administrator (also referred to as the "assistant commissioner")[3] at the time of his appointment.[5]

Phillips's appointment gained wide approval in the territory.[3]

Phillips and his wife, Dale Stokes, have five children and five grandchildren. Phillips is also an adopted member of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation's Deisheetaan clan.[4]


  1. Prime Minister announces new Commissioner and Administrator of Yukon
  2. "PM welcomes Douglas George Phillips as Yukon's next Commissioner". Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Prime Minister of Canada's website, November 30, 2010. Accessed March 1, 2011.
  3. Tobin, Chuck (December 1, 2010). "Choice of Next Commissioner Praised". Whitehorse Daily Star. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  4. Biography of Douglas Phillips. Archived December 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Commissioner of Yukon website.
  5. "Former MLA named Yukon's new commissioner." CBC News, November 30, 2010. Accessed March 1, 2011.
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