Watson Lake (electoral district)

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Watson Lake
Flag of Yukon.svg Yukon electoral district
Territorial electoral district
Legislature Yukon Legislative Assembly
MLA
 
 
 

Patti McLeod
Yukon Party

District created 1970
First contested 1970
Last contested 2016
Demographics
Electors (2016) 857
Census subdivisions Swift River, Two Mile and Two and One-Half Mile Village, Upper Liard, Watson Lake, Yukon, Unorganized

Watson Lake is an electoral district which returns a member (known as an MLA) to the Legislative Assembly of the Yukon Territory in Canada. The riding is one of the Yukon's eight rural ridings and is one of the oldest ridings in the Yukon.

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Yukon Legislative Assembly

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Watson Lake includes the communities of Watson Lake and Upper Liard and is situated on the traditional territory of the Ross River Dena Council and the Liard First Nation of the Kaska Dena. It is bordered to the west by the rural riding of Pelly-Nisutlin.

The Ross River Dena Council is a First Nation in the eastern Yukon Territory in Canada. Its main centre is in Ross River, Yukon at the junction of the Campbell Highway and the Canol Road, near the confluence of the Pelly River and the Ross River. The language originally spoken by the people of this First Nation was mainly Kaska, although a number of the First Nation's citizens are Slavey speakers. The First Nation, which has 483 registered members, is a member of the Kaska Tribal Council which is pursuing land claims in the Yukon and northern British Columbia.

The Kaska or Kaska Dena are a First Nations people of the Athabaskan-speaking ethnolinguistic group living mainly in northern British Columbia and the southeastern Yukon in Canada. The Kaska language originally spoken by the Kaska is an Athabaskan language.

Pelly-Nisutlin is an electoral district which returns a member to the Legislative Assembly of the Yukon Territory in Canada. It was created in 2002 out of the districts of Faro and Ross River-Southern Lakes. The riding includes the communities of Teslin, Faro, Ross River, Little Salmon, and Johnsons Crossing. It encompasses the traditional territory of the Teslin Tlingit Council and the Ross River Dena Council of the Kaska Dena. Pelly-Nisutlin is bordered by the rural ridings of Mayo-Tatchun, Lake Laberge, Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes, and Watson Lake.

The riding is currently held by Yukon Party MLA Patti McLeod, the former Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly, who was first elected on October 11, 2011 and re-elected on November 7, 2016. The riding is also the former seat of two-term Premier Dennis Fentie of the Yukon Party.

Yukon Party political party

The Yukon Party is a conservative political party in Yukon, Canada. It is the successor to the Yukon Progressive Conservative Party.

Patti McLeod is a Canadian politician, who was elected to in the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the 2011 election. She represents the electoral district of Watson Lake as a member of the Yukon Party caucus.

List of Speakers of the Yukon Legislative Assembly.

It is considered a Yukon Party stronghold.

MLAs

Legislature Years Member Party
1970 1970-1974   Donald Taylor Independent
1974 1974–1978
1978 1978–1982   Progressive Conservative
1982 1982–1985
1985   Independent
1985 1985–1989   Dave Porter New Democratic
1989 1989–1991   John Devries Progressive Conservative
1991–1992   Yukon Party
1992 1992–1996
1996 1996–2000   Dennis Fentie New Democratic
2000 2000–2002
2002   Yukon Party
2002 2002–2006
2006 2006–2011
2011 2011–2016 Patti McLeod
2016 2016–present

Electoral results

2016 general election

Yukon general election, 2016 [1]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Yukon Party Patti McLeod 299 38.9% +1.8%
  NDP Erin Labonte 219 28.5% -4.6%
  Liberal Ernie Jamieson 212 27.6% +5.0%
  Independent Victor Kisoun 38 5.0% -1.6%
Total768 100.0%

2011 general election

Yukon general election, 2011 [2]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Yukon Party Patti McLeod 276 37.8% -26.9%
  NDP Liard McMillan 242 33.1% +27.3%
  Liberal Thomas Slager 165 22.6% -3.0%
  Independent Patricia Gilhooly 48 6.6% +6.6%
Total731 100.0%

2006 general election

Yukon general election, 2006 [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Yukon Party Dennis Fentie 495 64.7% +1.6%
  Liberal Rick Harder19625.6%+4.4%
  NDP Rachael Lewis455.8%-10.0%
  Independent Dale Robert Worsfold283.6%+3.6%
Total764100.0%

2002 general election

Yukon general election, 2002 [4]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Yukon Party Dennis Fentie 521 63.1% +46.2%
  Liberal Tom Cove17421.1%-10.9%
  NDP Kathy Magun13015.8%-35.3%
Total825100.0%

2000 general election

Yukon general election, 2000 [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
  NDP Dennis Fentie 43451.1%-1.7%
  Liberal Isaac Wood27232.0%+19.3%
Yukon Party Mickey Thomas 144 16.9% -12.8%
Total850100.0%

1996 general election

Yukon general election, 1996 [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
  NDP Dennis Fentie 44252.8%+18.3%
Yukon Party Barrie Ravenhill 249 29.7% -29.0%
  Liberal Dave Kalles10612.7%+5.9%
  Independent Mickey Thomas404.8%+4.8%
Total837100.0%

1992 general election

Yukon general election, 1992 [7]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Yukon Party John Devries 485 58.7% +13.5%
  NDP Karel Kauppinen 285 34.5% -10.2%
  Liberal Ron Lutz 56 6.8% -2.7%
Total826100.0%

The Yukon Progressive Conservative Party was a conservative political party in Yukon, Canada. It was succeeded by the Yukon Party.

1989 general election

Yukon general election, 1989 [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Progressive Conservative John Devries 298 45.2% +29.4%
  NDP Karel Kauppinen 295 44.7% +11.5%
  Liberal John McDonald 63 9.5% +9.5%
Total660100.0%

1985 general election

Yukon general election, 1985 [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
  NDP Dave Porter 183 33.2% +29.9%
  Independent Donald Taylor 174 30.6% -0.4%
  Independent Brian Shanahan 119 21.0% -8.1%
Progressive Conservative Don McIntosh 90 15.8% -11.1%
Total568100.0%

1982 general election

Yukon general election, 1982 [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
  Independent Donald Taylor 170 31.0% +31.0%
  Independent Brian Shanahan 154 28.1% +28.1%
Progressive Conservative Dave Rollie 142 27.5% -25.9%
  Liberal Eileen Van Bibber 60 10.9% -34.9%
  NDP James Cahill 18 3.3% +3.3%
Total548100.0%

1978 general election

Yukon general election, 1978 [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Progressive Conservative Donald Taylor 226 53.4%
  Liberal Grant Taylor 188 44.9%
Total419100.0%
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1974 general election

Yukon general election, 1974 [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
  Independent Donald Taylor 223 49.6%
  Independent Johnny Friend 110 24.4%
  Independent Harold Godfrey 107 23.8%
Total450100.0%

1970 general election

Yukon general election, 1970 [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
  Independent Donald Taylor 397 58.0%
  Independent R.W. Stubenberg 275 40.2%
Total684100.0%

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References

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  2. Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 2011 General Election Elections Yukon, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2017
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