Dennis Fentie

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Dennis G. Fentie
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The Hon. Dennis G. Fentie
7th Premier of the Yukon
Minister of Finance
In office
November 30, 2002 – June 10, 2011
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Paul Martin
Stephen Harper
Commissioner Jack Cable
Geraldine Van Bibber
Doug Phillips
Preceded by Pat Duncan
Succeeded by Darrell Pasloski
Minister of the Environment
In office
November 28, 2005 – July 3, 2008
Preceded by Dennis Fentie
Succeeded by Elaine Taylor
MLA for Watson Lake
In office
September 30, 1996 – October 11, 2011
Preceded by John Devries
Succeeded by Patti McLeod
Leader of the Yukon Party
In office
June 15, 2002 – May 28, 2011
Preceded by Peter Jenkins
Succeeded by Darrell Pasloski
Personal details
Born (1950-11-08) November 8, 1950 (age 66)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political party New Democrat (1996-2002)
Yukon Party (2002-present)
Spouse(s) Lorraine Nixon
Residence Whitehorse, Yukon

Dennis G. Fentie, MLA (born November 8, 1950) is a Canadian politician. He was the seventh Premier of Yukon and leader of the Yukon Party, serving from 2002 to 2011, as well as the MLA for Watson Lake.


Fentie was born in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1962, Fentie moved to Watson Lake.[1] Prior to entering politics, Fentie was involved in a variety of economic activities in and around Watson Lake. These activities include logging, tourism, mining, trucking, and fuel distribution. Fentie has served as director of both the Association of Yukon Forests and the Watson Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the owner and former manager of Francis River Construction.



Fentie was first elected MLA for Watson Lake in the 1996 election as a member of Yukon New Democratic Party, succeeding retiring incumbent John Devries. He was re-elected in the 2000 election.[2]

Yukon Party[edit]

In May 2002, Fentie left the NDP, crossing the floor to sit with the Yukon Party. One month later, Fentie was selected as the next Yukon Party leader.[3] In the 2002 election, Fentie led the Yukon Party to a majority government, defeating incumbent Premier Pat Duncan and the Liberals. The party won 12 of 18 seats available in the Yukon Legislative Assembly.

Fentie's majority government was reduced to minority government status in August 2006, when three Yukon Party MLAs resigned or chose to sit as independents. Copperbelt MLA Haakon Arntzen resigned after facing sexual assault charges and Klondike MLA Peter Jenkins was ousted after refusing to repay a government loan.[2] McIntyre-Takhini MLA John Edzerza, the only First Nations person in Fentie's cabinet, resigned in August 2006 to sit as an Independent. Edzerza would run in the next election as a member of the NDP.

With a minority government, Fentie called the 2006 election for October 10.[4] Fentie was re-elected for a fourth time in the riding of Watson Lake and the Yukon Party was voted to a second straight majority government. The Yukon Party under Fentie's leadership won 10 of 18 seats in the legislative assembly.[5][6]

On April 27, 2011, Fentie announced he was stepping down as premier and would not seek re-election as MLA in the 2011 election.[7]


After the 2002 election, it was revealed he had been convicted and spent time in prison for heroin trafficking in 1974 when he was 24 years old. During the 2002 election campaign, he made it public that he had spent time in jail for a narcotics charge but did not make the fact it was heroin public since he had received a pardon.[8][9]

Electoral record[edit]

Yukon general election, 2006[edit]

Watson Lake[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Yukon Party Dennis Fentie 495 64.7% +1.6%
  Liberal Rick Harder 196 25.6% +4.4%
  NDP Rachael Lewis 45 5.8% -10.0%
  Independent Dale Robert Worsfold 28 3.6% +3.6%
Total 764 100.0%

Yukon general election, 2002[edit]

Watson Lake[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Yukon Party Dennis Fentie 521 63.1% +46.2%
  Liberal Tom Cove 174 21.1% -10.9%
  NDP Kathy Magun 130 15.8% -35.3%
Total 825 100.0%

Yukon general election, 2000[edit]

Watson Lake[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Dennis Fentie 434 51.1% -1.7%
  Liberal Isaac Wood 272 32.0% +19.3%
Yukon Party Mickey Thomas 144 16.9% -12.8%
Total 850 100.0%

Yukon general election, 1996[edit]

Watson Lake[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Dennis Fentie 442 52.8% +18.3%
Yukon Party Barrie Ravenhill 249 29.7% -29.0%
  Liberal Dave Kalles 106 12.7% +5.9%
  Independent Mickey Thomas 40 4.8% +4.8%
Total 837 100.0%


  1. ^ "MLA biography". Yukon Legislative Assembly. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Yukon Votes 2006 leader bio". CBC News. August 25, 2006. Archived from the original on April 3, 2009. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Fentie wins Yukon Party leadership race". CBC News. June 17, 2002. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  4. ^ "Fentie calls for October 10 vote". Yukon News. September 12, 2006. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Yukon Party sweeps back to power with decisive win". The Globe and Mail. October 11, 2006. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Yukon Party's dream comes true". Whitehorse Daily Star. October 11, 2006. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Yukon premier to step down". CBC News. April 27, 2011. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Yukon premier did time for heroin trafficking". CBC News. November 23, 2003. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  9. ^ "Yukon Premier 'Embarrassed' by Edmonton Heroin Conviction". Canadian Press. Archived from the original on March 28, 2007. 
  10. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 2006 General Election Elections Yukon, 2006. Retrieved January 21, 2017
  11. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 2002 General Election Elections Yukon, 2002. Retrieved January 21, 2017
  12. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 2000 General Election Elections Yukon, 2000. Retrieved January 21, 2017
  13. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the General Election Held on September 30, 1996 Elections Yukon, 1996. Retrieved January 21, 2017

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