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Thursday, October 05, 2006


Yeah, so... the Yukon is having a territorial election on October 18...

It looks like an interesting show...

- Premier Dennis Fentie of the Yukon Party was elected as an Yukon NDP MLA in 1996 and 2000 before crossing the floor in 2002 to join the right-wing conservative Yukon Party. Only weeks after crossing the floor, Fentie became Leader of the Yukon Party and only months after that did he lead the Yukon Party to electoral victory. And he became Premier... (eat your heart out, Belinda Stronach ;-) ).

- Nearly half of the current Yukon Liberal Caucus crossed from the NDP... in February of 2006, NDP Leader Todd Hardy booted longtime NDP MLA's Eric Fairclough (also NDP leader from 2000 to 2002) and Gary McRobb out of the then-NDP Official Opposition Caucus.

Soon after, they both joined Arthur Mitchell's Yukon Liberals, making the Yukon Liberals the Official Opposition... only four years after the Liberals were destroyed in the 2002 election - going from 8 seats to 1 - they were now the Official Opposition.

- Former Yukon Party MLA and Justice Minister John Edzerza left the Yukon Party this year to sit as an Independent MLA. He is now running as a NDP candidate in his riding of McIntyre-Takhini.

Weird... the CBC has a great article about crossing the floor.

Here are the changes since the last election in 2002 and at dissolution...

Yukon Party - 12
Yukon NDP - 5
Yukon Liberal - 1

Yukon Party - 9
Yukon Liberal - 5
Yukon NDP - 3
Independent - 2


Chris said...

Crazy stuff. I knew Yukon politics were odd, but I didn't know they were THAT odd. Thanks for the rundown.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting read, thanks for that great update. My non-partisan friends who live in Dawson City tell me that they currently expect the NDP to return to power. It must be nice to live in a place that keeps politics fairly honest by clearing house every few years!

It will be very interesting to see if Premier Fentie can keep his own seat... it seems many different forces are lined up against him.

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Whoa! That's screwed up. And kind of fascinating.

Anonymous said...

really... weird...

Anand said...

My prediction Dave is :

NDP 7 31%

Yukon Party 6 36%

Liberals 5 30%

Others 0 3%