Yukon Party

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Yukon Party

Parti du Yukon
Active territorial party
LeaderStacey Hassard (interim)
PresidentMark Beese
Founded1991; 28 years ago (1991)
Preceded byProgressive Conservative Party
HeadquartersWhitehorse, YT
Yukon regionalism
Political positionCentre-right
Seats in Legislature
6 / 19

The Yukon Party (French: Parti du Yukon) is a conservative political party in Yukon, Canada. It is the successor to the Yukon Progressive Conservative Party.


With Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's Progressive Conservative federal government's decreasing popularity, the Yukon Progressive Conservatives decided to sever its relations with the federal Conservatives, and renamed itself the "Yukon Party" prior to the 1992 election.

However, two Progressive Conservative MLAs, Bea Firth and Alan Nordling, quit the party in protest of the name change and formed the Independent Alliance Party. Nordling later returned to the party, and was defeated as a Yukon Party candidate in the 1996 election, while Firth retired from politics.

The Yukon Party won the 1992 election, and leader John Ostashek became Premier of Yukon, his government became very unpopular by increasing taxes and cutting services. The party was defeated in the 1996 election, winning only three seats and falling to third place for the first time behind the Yukon Liberal Party.

Since 2000[edit]

The party's fortunes continued to decline at the 2000 general election; the Yukon Party was reduced to a single seat in the legislature as the right wing vote moved to the Yukon Liberal Party, putting the Liberals in power for the first time in the territory's history.

Liberal Premier Pat Duncan's government was plagued with internal dissent, however, and despite having won an outright majority of seats in the general election, defections and resignations reduced the Liberals to a minority government within two years. Premier Duncan called a snap election for 4 November 2002, in an effort to regain her majority, but the early election call backfired.

The Yukon Party had elected Dennis Fentie, a rural Member of the Yukon Legislative Assembly (MLA), who had defected from the NDP, as its new leader in June 2002. Despite being caught by surprise by the election call, the party was able to win a majority government with 12 seats compared to five for the NDP; the Liberals were reduced to a single seat. Fentie became the second Yukon Premier from a rural riding.

On 10 October 2006, the Yukon Party was re-elected, holding 10 seats in the Legislative Assembly; the Yukon Liberals won five seats and the Yukon New Democrats won three.

The party was defeated in the 2016 Yukon general election and is currently serving as the Official Opposition.[1]

Leadership elections[edit]

2011 leadership election[edit]

On May 28, 2011, a leadership election was held to replace Dennis Fentie. Darrell Pasloski was chosen after only one ballot.[2]

Candidate Votes Percentage
Darrell Pasloski 767 61.3%
Rod Taylor 436 34.9%
Jim Kenyon 48 3.8%
TOTAL 1,251 100.0%

2020 leadership election[edit]

On November 20th, 2019 the Yukon Party announced that their leadership election would be held on May 23, 2020. According to the Yukon Party president the party's leadership election committee is creating rules for the leadership race. [3]

Current candidates[edit]

On November 21st, 2019 Currie Dixon announced his candidacy. [4]

Potential candidates[edit]

Other potential leadership candidates include MLA Brad Cathers, MLA Scott Kent, Jonas Smith, Samson Hartland, Elaine Taylor, current party Chief of Staff Ted Laking, and former Commissioner and MLA Geraldine Van Bibber.[5][6]

Election results[edit]

Election Leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
1992 John Ostashek 35.9
7 / 17
Increase 7 Increase 1st Minority
1996 4,366 30.1
3 / 17
Decrease 4 Decrease 2nd Opposition
2000 3,466 23.3
1 / 17
Decrease 2 Decrease 3rd Opposition
2002 Dennis Fentie 5,650 40.3
12 / 18
Increase 11 Increase 1st Majority
2006 5,503 40.6
10 / 18
Decrease 2 Steady 1st Majority
2011 Darrell Pasloski 5,503 40.6
11 / 19
Increase 1 Steady 1st Majority
2016 6,272 33.4
6 / 19
Decrease 5 Decrease 2nd Opposition


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Yukon Liberals win majority after 14 years of conservative government". www.google.ca. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  2. ^ "Pasloski pleased to become Yukon's new premier". CBC News. May 30, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  3. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-party-leadership-election-date-1.5367206
  4. ^ http://www.ckrw.com/news/local-news/yukon-party-sees-first-leadership-candidate/
  5. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/election-yukon-yukon-party-pasloski-dixon-leader-1.3842551
  6. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-party-leadership-election-date-1.5367206
  7. ^ "Darrell Pasloski sworn in as Yukon premier". The Globe and Mail, June 11, 2016.

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