Premier of Yukon

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Premier of Yukon
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Incumbent
Sandy Silver

since December 3, 2016
Style The Honourable
Member of Executive Council of Yukon
Reports to Yukon Legislative Assembly
Appointer Commissioner of Yukon
Term length At the Commissioner's pleasure
Constituting instrumentYukon Elections Act
Formation1978
First holder Chris Pearson
Unofficial namesPremier of the Yukon
Website www.yukonpremier.ca

The Premier of Yukon (or unofficially, the Premier of the Yukon) is the first minister for the Canadian territory of Yukon. The post is the territory's head of government and de facto chief executive, although its powers are considerably smaller than that of a provincial premier. The office was established in 1978 when most authority was devolved from the appointed Commissioner to the leader of the party that had the confidence of the Yukon Legislative Assembly; for the year immediately prior to this, that leader was one of the members serving with the Commissioner's executive committee (a cabinet).

A first minister is one of a variety of terms for the leader of a government cabinet, which is a term currently used to refer to the political leader of a devolved national government, such as the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, or of a dependent territory.

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Yukon Territory of Canada

Yukon is the smallest and westernmost of Canada's three territories. It has the smallest population of any province or territory in Canada, with 35,874 people, although it has the largest city in any of the three territories. Whitehorse is the territorial capital and Yukon's only city.

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From the first conventional legislative elections in 1978 to 1989, the term Government Leader was used. Tony Penikett chose to change the title to Premier for his 1985 to 1992 term amid some controversy. His successor, John Ostashek, returned to using Government Leader, as did Ostashek's successor Piers McDonald. McDonald's successor Pat Duncan made the decision to use the title Premier upon taking office in 2000 and the title has remained unchanged.

Tony Penikett Canadian politician

Antony David John "Tony" Penikett is a mediator and negotiator and former politician in Yukon, Canada, who served as Premier of Yukon from 1985 to 1992.

John Ostashek was a Yukon politician. An entrepreneur, he was elected leader of the Yukon Party in June 1992 and led it to victory in the fall 1992 election in which he also won a seat in the legislature for the first time.

Piers McDonald, OC is a Yukon politician and businessman. Born in Kingston, Ontario, McDonald, originally a miner by profession, is a long-time MLA, Cabinet minister, and Premier of Yukon. He was leader of the Yukon New Democratic Party from 1995-2000.

Following the 2016 Yukon general election the current Premier of Yukon is Sandy Silver, leader of the Yukon Liberal Party. Silver was formally sworn in as premier on December 3, 2016. [1]

2016 Yukon general election elections

The 2016 general election in Yukon, Canada, took place on November 7, 2016 to return members to the 34th Yukon Legislative Assembly.

Sandy Silver Canadian politician, 9th Premier of Yukon, Member of the Yukon Legislative Assembly

Sidney Alexander "Sandy" Silver is a Canadian politician, the ninth and current premier of Yukon since 2016. He was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the 2011 election, and was re-elected in 2016. He represents the electoral district of Klondike and is Leader of the Yukon Liberal Party.

Yukon Liberal Party

The Yukon Liberal Party is a political party in the territory of Yukon, Canada.

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Prime Minister of Canada Head of government for Canada

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In Canada, a premier is the head of government of a province or territory. Though the word is merely a synonym for prime minister, it is employed for provincial prime ministers to differentiate them from the Prime Minister of Canada. There are currently ten provincial premiers and three territorial premiers. These persons are styled The Honourable only while in office, unless they are admitted to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, in which case they retain the title even after leaving the premiership.

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Pat Duncan is a Canadian politician from Yukon. Duncan served as leader of the Yukon Liberal Party from 1998 to 2005 and as the sixth Premier of Yukon from 2000 until 2002. Duncan was the first Liberal premier of the Yukon and the first female premier in the Yukon, the second woman in Canadian history to win the premiership of a province or territory through a general election, the first to do so by defeating an incumbent premier, and the first to do so by defeating a male opponent.

Patrick Rouble is a Canadian politician, who represented the rural Yukon electoral district of Southern Lakes in the Yukon Legislative Assembly from 2002 to 2011. He served as a Cabinet minister in Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie's government from 2006 to 2011, and then briefly in the Cabinet of Premier Darrell Pasloski until his retirement from territorial politics in 2011.

Elaine Taylor is a Canadian politician. She is the former Deputy Premier of the Yukon and represented the electoral district of Whitehorse West in the Yukon Legislative Assembly. First elected in 2002, and re-elected in 2006 and 2011, she was defeated in the 2016 Yukon general election by Richard Mostyn of the Yukon Liberal Party.

Eric Fairclough is a Canadian politician, who was a Cabinet minister and Leader of the Official Opposition in the Yukon Legislative Assembly. He represented the rural Yukon electoral district of Mayo-Tatchun in the Yukon Legislative Assembly from 1996 to 2011 under both the Yukon New Democratic Party and the Liberals. He is also a former Chief of the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation.

Jeanie Dendys is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Yukon in the 2016 election. She represents the electoral district of Mountainview as a member of the Yukon Liberal Party.

Tracy-Anne McPhee is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Yukon in the 2016 election. She represents the electoral district of Riverdale South as a member of the Yukon Liberal Party.

Richard Mostyn is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Yukon in the 2016 election. He represents the electoral district of Whitehorse West as a member of the Yukon Liberal Party. He is currently the Minister of Highways and Public Works and the Public Service Commission.

The 34th Yukon Legislative Assembly commenced on November 8, 2016, after Yukon voters defeated the Yukon Party government under the leadership of Darrell Pasloski and returned a Liberal majority government under the leadership of Sandy Silver. The Yukon Party was reduced to Official Opposition status and the New Democrats were reduced to Third Party status.

References

  1. "Liberals officially sworn in, forming new Yukon government". CBC News. Retrieved 2016-12-03.