About Dr. Stephen Ellis

Your Cumberland-Colchester Member of Parliament 

In his first term as Cumberland-Colchester Member of Parliament, Truro physician Stephen Ellis has quickly advanced within the Conservative Party of Canada, and now sits in the House of Commons as Shadow Minister of Health. 

Dr. Ellis, first elected in 2021 as a Member of Parliament, is also vice-chair of the Standing Committee for Health (HESA), and the Medical Assistance in Dying (MaiD) committee. He brings his extensive medical expertise to Ottawa, following a successful practice that was highlighted by leadership of the Northern Region Covid-19 response team.  

Dr. Ellis has set in motion a strategic planning program for Canada‚Äôs problematic healthcare system, recognizing this is a priority issue as expressed by constituents of Cumberland-Colchester. 

Stephen grew up with his brother and parents, of modest means, from Lincoln, New Brunswick. After completing Oromocto High School as class valedictorian, Stephen was accepted into Dalhousie University and received his undergraduate degree in science (cum laude).  

He was accepted into the Dalhousie University School of Medicine. Realizing medical school is expensive, he shortly thereafter joined the Medical Officer Training Program (MOTP) of the Canadian Armed Forces.  

As a medical doctor with the Canadian Armed Forces and rising to rank of captain, Stephen spent four years serving his country in bases at Shearwater N.S. and Comox B.C. During his four years of military service, Stephen completed missions throughout Canada and served our country overseas in the Middle East earning the Special Service Medal and the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal.  

His relationship with the military continued as Honorary Colonel of the Nova Scotia Highlanders for three years.  

In 1999, Stephen returned to Truro, Nova Scotia where he set up his 23-year career as a family physician. In addition to his large practice, he also provided inpatient care, emergency room services and a chronic pain clinic.  

Dr. Ellis maintains a deep commitment to the community, with a proud record of public participation. Stephen was the principal founder of the Truro Walk with a Doc program, has been active in the Bible Hill Fire Brigade, Scouts Canada, minor hockey, and the Guatemala Outreach Project.  

Dr. Ellis enjoys maintaining his fitness through various activities. He is an avid cyclist, golfer, and hockey player and a sometime gym member! 

Dr. Ellis has been married to Deborah for 32 years. They have three adult children, Samantha, Allison and Zachary, along with two grandchildren, Lina and Livy!