Yukon general election, 2011

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37th Yukon general election
Yukon
2006 ←
members
October 11, 2011
members
→ 38th

All 19 seats to the Legislative Assembly
10 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Darrell Pasloski.jpg Liz Hanson.jpg
LIB
Leader Darrell Pasloski Elizabeth Hanson Arthur Mitchell
Party Yukon Party New Democratic Liberal
Leader since May 28, 2011 September 26, 2009 2005
Leader's seat Mountainview Whitehorse Centre Lost Copperbelt North[n 1]
Last election 10 seats, 40.6% 3 seats, 23.6% 5 seats, 34.7%
Seats before 11 1 5
Seats won 11 6 2
Seat change ±0 +5 -3
Popular vote 6,400 5,154 3,979
Percentage 40.5% 32.6% 25.2%
Swing -0.1% +9.0% -9.5%

2011 Yukon Election Map.png

2011 results by riding

Premier before election

Darrell Pasloski
Yukon Party

Elected Premier

Darrell Pasloski
Yukon Party

The 37th general election in Yukon, Canada, took place on October 11, 2011, to return members to the 33rd Yukon Legislative Assembly.

The incumbent government was led by Darrell Pasloski, who was elected as leader of the Yukon Party at a convention on May 28, 2011, replacing former Premier Dennis Fentie. The Yukon Party won its third majority government from the voters. Elizabeth Hanson's New Democrats became the Official Opposition, replacing the Liberals, whose leader, Arthur Mitchell was unable to return to the Assembly.

Pre-writ period[edit]

Redistribution[edit]

In 2008, the Yukon Assembly struck a committee to review the electoral district boundaries for this election. The committee decided to increase the number of seats in the territory to 19. Yukon now matches the other territorial assemblies in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in terms of the number of seats.

The rural districts outside of the capital city of Whitehorse remained unchanged with the exception of Mount Lorne and Southern Lakes which were merged into a single district. The total number of rural districts dropped from 9 to 8.[1]

The urban ridings in Whitehorse were increased to 11 from 9. Only three districts in Whitehorse had no boundary changes, Whitehorse Centre, Riverdale North and Riverdale South. The riding that received the most significant alteration was Copperbelt. That district was split into four ridings, primarily Copperbelt North and Copperbelt South, while McIntyre-Takhini was significantly expanded in western uninhabited part of Copperbelt and renamed Takhini-Kopper King. An entirely new riding was also created out of Copperbelt called Mountainview.[1] The remaining urban districts all received minor boundary adjustments.[1]

The boundary changes were adopted by the Yukon Legislative Assembly in 2009.

Lake Laberge dispute[edit]

In the fall of 2009, Yukon Party MLA Brad Cathers had a falling out with Premier Dennis Fentie, and ended up sitting as an independent on the opposition side.

Cathers remained a party member despite his public criticism of Fentie. On May 19, 2010, the Yukon Party riding executive of Lake Laberge nominated Brad Cathers as a delegate to the party's 2010 convention. The meeting lasted three hours and saw the riding executive loyal to Fentie, including the President, walk out on the 60 members who attended. Former MLA Al Falle defended Cathers at the meeting. The meeting ended with a board of directors loyal to Cathers being elected.[2]

Summary of results[edit]

Unofficial results at the count.[3]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
2006 Diss. Elected % Change # %
Yukon Party Darrell Pasloski 19 10 11 11 +10 6,400 40.51
     NDP Elizabeth Hanson 18 3 1 6 +100 5,154 32.63
Liberal Arthur Mitchell 19 5 5 2 -60 3,979 25.19
Green Kristina Calhoun 2 * 0 0 * 104 0.66
First Nations Gerald Dickson Sr. 2 * 0 0 * 81 0.51
     Independent 2 0 0 0 0 79 0.50
     Vacant 1
Total 62 18 18 19 +5.6 15,797 100.00%

Candidates running[edit]

Bold incumbents indicates cabinet members and party leaders and the speaker of the assembly are italicized.[3]

Rural Yukon[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Yukon   NDP   Liberal   Other
Klondike Steve Nordick
404
Jorn Meier
147
Sandy Silver
530
Steve Nordick
Kluane Wade Istchenko
287
Eric Stinson
220
Timothy Cant
219
Gerald Dickson (FNP)
32
Gary McRobb
Lake Laberge Brad Cathers
528
Frank Turner
330
Mike Simon
159
Brad Cathers
Mayo-Tatchun Elaine Wyatt
214
Jim Tredger
282
Eric Fairclough
181
Eric Fairclough
Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes Deborah Fulmer
395
Kevin Barr
488
Ted Adel
111
Stanley James (FNP)
49
Vacant
Mount Lorne
Merged district
Patrick Rouble
Southern Lakes
Pelly-Nisutlin Stacey Hassard
275
Carol Geddes
178
Carl Sidney
73
Elvis Presley (Ind.)
31
Marian Horne
Vuntut Gwitchin Garry Njootli
52
Darius Elias
93
Darius Elias
Watson Lake Patti McLeod
276
Liard McMillan
242
Thomas Slager
165
Patricia Gilhooly (Ind.)
48
Dennis Fentie

Whitehorse[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  Yukon   NDP   Liberal   Other
Copperbelt North Currie Dixon
520
Skeeter Miller-Wright
159
Arthur Mitchell
407


Split district
Arthur Mitchell
Copperbelt
Copperbelt South Valerie Boxall
394
Lois Moorcroft
397
Colleen Wirth
154


Split district
Mountainview Darrell Pasloski
480
Stephen Dunbar-Edge
376
Dave Sloan
216
New district
Porter Creek Centre David Laxton
298
Jean-François Des Lauriers
230
Kerry Huff
245
Archie Lang
Porter Creek North Doug Graham
400
Mike Tribes
253
Dawn Beauchemin
82
Mike Ivens (Green)
69
Jim Kenyon
Porter Creek South Mike Nixon
257
John Carney
99
Don Inverarity
243
Don Inverarity
Riverdale North Scott Kent
366
Peter Lesniak
296
Christie Richardson
289
Kristina Calhoun (Green)
35
Ted Staffen
Riverdale South Glenn Hart
314
Jan Stick
380
Dan Curtis
275
Glenn Hart
Takhini-Kopper King Samson Hartland
316
Kate White
458
Cherish Clarke
224
John Edzerza
McIntyre-Takhini
Whitehorse Centre Marian Horne
202
Elizabeth (Liz) Hanson
525
Patrick Singh
104
Elizabeth (Liz) Hanson
Whitehorse West Elaine Taylor
422
Louis R. Gagnon
94
Cully Robinson
209
Elaine Taylor

Timeline[edit]

Retiring MLAs[edit]

Member District Party Reason
[14] John Edzerza McIntyre-Takhini Yukon Party Serious health issues
[23] Dennis Fentie Watson Lake Yukon Party Retire as Premier and from politics and will live full-time in Watson Lake
[24] Jim Kenyon Porter Creek North Yukon Party Defeated in party nomination.
[25] Archie Lang Porter Creek Centre Yukon Party Retired for undisclosed reasons.
[26] Gary McRobb Kluane Liberal He'd been working too long as an MLA.
[27] Patrick Rouble Southern Lakes Yukon Party Attending the University of Calgary to attain a doctorate degree.
[28] Ted Staffen Riverdale North Yukon Party Interested in returning to business in the private sector

Opinion polls[edit]

Polling Firm Date of Polling Link Yukon Party New Democratic Liberal Green
DataPath Systems October 2–6, 2011 [1] 35 35 26 2
DataPath Systems July 17–25, 2011 [2] 40 35 15 7
DataPath Systems July 2010 [3] 22 26 39

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell represented Copperbelt in the 32nd Assembly, but he unsuccessfully ran in Copperbelt North, one of four ridings Copperbelt was divided into at the last redistribution.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Yukon Electoral Boundaries Commission Final Report". Elections Yukon. March 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ John Thomspon (May 21, 2010). "Not your typical riding meeting". Yukon News. 
  3. ^ a b "Unofficial Results at the Count". Elections Yukon. October 20, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Yukon MLA Edzerza quits NDP, will sit as Independent", cbc.ca, January 28, 2009.
  5. ^ "Yukon minister's resignation threatens to collapse government". The Globe and Mail, August 31, 2009.
  6. ^ "Cathers resigns over ATCO scandal". Yukon News. August 28, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Cathers Shocker Creates a Minority Government". Whitehorse Star. August 28, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Edzerza rejoins Yukon Party", cbc.ca, October 22, 2009.
  9. ^ "Edzerza named Yukon environment minister". cbc.ca, February 4, 2010.
  10. ^ "Todd Hardy succumbs to cancer". Yukon News. July 28, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  11. ^ Munson, James (December 3, 2010). "Phelps’ party in limbo". Yukon News. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ Sander-Green, Nadine (August 9, 2011). "Greens are a party of balance, candidate says". Whitehorse Daily Star. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ "United Citizens Party of Yukon loses leader". CBC News. May 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Cathers returns to Yukon Party caucus". CBC News. June 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Yukon NDP MLA killed in crash". CBC News. July 6, 2011. 
  16. ^ Thomson, John (August 12, 2011). "Green shoots grow slow". Yukon News. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ Sander-Green, Nadine (September 9, 2011). "Yukon First Nations Party established". Whitehorse Daily Star. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Election Calendar – 2011 General Election". Elections Yukon. 
  19. ^ "List of Candidates". Elections Yukon. September 19, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Registration of United Citizens of Yukon Cancelled". Election Yukon. September 19, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Yukon's political leaders pack the house". CBC News. October 6, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Moorcroft confirmed Copperbelt South winner". CBC News, October 17, 2011.
  23. ^ "Yukon's Fentie looks ahead to life after politics". CBC News. May 31, 2011. 
  24. ^ John Thompson (September 19, 2011). "Election battle map". Yukon News. 
  25. ^ John Thompson (July 6, 2011). "Archie Lang to leave politics". Yukon News. 
  26. ^ John Thompson (August 3, 2011). "A fighter hangs up his gloves". Yukon News. 
  27. ^ "Yukon MLA Rouble leaving politics". CBC News. June 15, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Long-time Yukon Speaker won’t run in upcoming territorial election". iPolitics.ca. June 27, 2011. 

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