Faro (electoral district)

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Faro
Yukon electoral district
Defunct territorial electoral district
Legislature Yukon Legislative Assembly
District created 1978
District abolished 2002
First contested 1978
Last contested 2000
Demographics
Electors (2000) 234
Census subdivisions Faro

Faro was an electoral district that returned a member (known as an MLA) to the Legislative Assembly of the Yukon Territory in Canada between 1978 and 2002.[1] It was created out of the riding of Pelly River and encompassed the community of Faro. It was situated on the traditional territory of the Ross River Dena Council of the Kaska Dena.

The riding was dissolved in 2002 and amalgamated into the new riding of Pelly-Nisutlin, which includes the communities of Faro, Teslin, Ross River, and Little Salmon.

Faro is the former seat of Yukon Liberal leader Jim McLachlan and New Democrat Trevor Harding, who briefly served as interim leader of the Yukon New Democratic Party and interim Leader of the Official Opposition after his party's defeat in the 2000 territorial election.

History[edit]

When partisan politics were first introduced to the Yukon, Faro was one of the territory's nine rural seats. Originally bordered by the ridings of Tatchun and Campbell, at the time of its dissolution it was bordered by the ridings of Mayo-Tatchun and Ross River-Southern Lakes.

Faro is the home of the Faro Mine, at one point the largest open pit lead–zinc mine in the world as well as a significant producer of silver and other natural resource ventures. At its peak in 1982, the community was home to 2,100 residents, but at the time of the riding's dissolution, the community of Faro was home to just 400 people. When the Faro Mine's operators announced the indefinite closure of the operation, the effect devastated the territorial economy, as it represented approximately 40% of territorial GDP.[2] Several corporations sought to restart the Faro Mine, but the final attempt, that of Anvil Range Mining Corporation, ceased in January 1998, followed by the bankruptcy of Anvil Range.

Faro continued to shrink in population as a community as the successive mining operations went under. In 2002, the Yukon Electoral District Boundaries Commission ruled that Faro's population had fallen far below acceptable levels to merit its own riding.[3] The riding of Faro was dissolved and the community of Faro joined the communities of Teslin, Ross River, and Little Salmon to form the new riding of Pelly-Nisutlin.

MLAs[edit]

Legislature Years Member Party
28th 1978-1981     Maurice Byblow Independent
1981-1982     NDP
29th 1982-1985
30th 1985-1989     Jim McLachlan Liberal
31st 1989-1992     Maurice Byblow NDP
32nd 1992-1996 Trevor Harding
33rd 1996-2000
34th 2000-2000
2000-2002     Jim McLachlan Liberal

Electoral results[edit]

2000 By-election[edit]

2000 By-election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal Jim McLachlan 129 65.5% +42.6%
     NDP Harold Boehm 66 33.5% -43.1%
Total 197 100.0%

2000 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 2000[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     NDP Trevor Harding 177 76.6% -17.7%
     Liberal Jim McLachlan 53 22.9% +17.7%
Total 231 100.0%

1996 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1996[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     NDP Trevor Harding 530 94.3% +41.1%
     Liberal Ed Peake 29 5.2% -41.0%
Total 562 100.0%

1992 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1992[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     NDP Trevor Harding 388 53.2% +10.4%
     Liberal Jim McLachlan 337 46.2% +9.1%
Total 729 100.0%

1989 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1989[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     NDP Maurice Byblow 194 42.8% +9.3%
     Liberal Jim McLachlan 168 37.1% -2.2%
Progressive Conservative Mel Smith 90 19.9% -7.0%
Total 453 100.0%

1985 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1985[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal Jim McLachlan 142 39.3% +17.1%
     NDP Sibyl Frei 121 33.5% -15.8%
Progressive Conservative Ted Bartsch 97 26.9% -1.4%
Total 361 100.0%

1982 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1982[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     NDP Maurice Byblow 357 49.3% +10.4%
Progressive Conservative Doris Gates 205 28.3% +28.3%
     Liberal Wayne Peace 160 22.1% +22.1%
Total 724 100.0%

1978 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1978[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Independent Maurice Byblow 361 60.1%
     NDP Stuart McCall 231 38.9%
Total 594 100.0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yukon Territory (1986). Revised Statutes of the Yukon, 1986: A Revision and Consolidation of the Statutes of the Legislature of the Yukon Territory : Proclaimed and Published Under Authority of the Revised Statutes Act. 1. Queen's Printer for the Yukon Territory. p. 75. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  2. ^ Down and out in the Yukon Territory, New York Times, July 28, 1985. Retrieved 2017-01-05 frepubli
  3. ^ Final Report, 2002 Electoral District Boundaries Commission. Elections Yukon, 2002. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of the Yukon on a By-election in Faro - November 27, 2000 Elections Yukon, 2000. Retrieved January 24, 2017
  5. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 2000 General Election Elections Yukon, 2000. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 1996 General Election Elections Yukon, 1996. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 1992 General Election Elections Yukon, 1992. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 1989 General Election Elections Yukon, 1989. Retrieved January 21, 2017
  9. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 1985 General Election Elections Yukon, 1985. Retrieved January 21, 2017
  10. ^ Yukon Elections Board Report on the 1982 Election Elections Yukon, 1982. Retrieved January 21, 2017
  11. ^ Yukon Elections Board Report on the 1978 Election Elections Yukon, 1978. Retrieved January 21, 2017

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