Darrell Pasloski is Premier of the Yukon and has been since 2011.
Pasloski graduated with distinction from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan. He had a successful career franchising Shoppers Drug Marts across western Canada. After working as a pharmacist for a Shoppers Drug Mart in Red Deer, he opened the first Shoppers in Yorkton (SK) in 1987. In 1991, he moved to Whitehorse, and took over the city’s only Shoppers, before opening a second location years later.
He first became involved in politics in 2008, when he ran federally for Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. He lost to Liberal incumbent Larry Bagwell.
In 2009, Pasloski relinquished ownership of both of his pharmacies, and made a go of it provincially full-time. He successfully ran for leadership of the Yukon Party in 2011, and was sworn in as Premier on June 11, despite not being a sitting member.
In 2011, he won the riding of Mountainview. In addition to his duties as Premier, Pasloski also acts as Minister of Finance and the Minister responsible for the Executive Council Office.
In 2005, Pasloski plead guilty to charges concerning the sale of tobacco to a minor in one of his Whitehorse pharmacies.
Pasloski leads, along with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Health Care Innovation Working Group among Canada’s Premier. The working group is responsible for the following three priorities: pharmacare, seniors care and appropriateness of care.