Jan Stick

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Jan Stick
MLA for Riverdale South
In office
October 11, 2011 – November 7, 2016
Preceded by Glenn Hart
Succeeded by Tracy McPhee
Personal details
Political party New Democrat
Residence Whitehorse, Yukon
Occupation Proprietor; Community worker

Jan Stick is a Canadian politician, who was elected to in the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the 2011 election.[1] She represents the electoral district of Riverdale South as a member of the Yukon New Democratic Party caucus.

Prior to her election to the territorial legislature, Stick served on Whitehorse City Council.

Political career[edit]

Stick entered Whitehorse municipal politics in 2005, running in a City council by-election to succeed incumbent councillor Yvonne Harris, who had resigned to move outside the territory.[2] Stick was successful in her bid,[3] and was later re-elected in the 2006 municipal election with the highest share of the vote. As city councillor, Stick served on the city operations and community services committees, as well as the Association of Yukon Communities.[4]

Stick did not seek another term in the 2009 election.[5]

In 2011, Stick announced her intent to seek territorial office for the New Democrats in the Whitehorse riding of Riverdale South. She upset two-term incumbent Yukon Party Cabinet minister Glenn Hart, as well as Liberal Dan Curtis, the future Mayor of Whitehorse. It was the first time in Yukon history that the New Democrats captured the seat of Riverdale South.

During the 33rd Legislative Assembly, Stick served as Official Opposition House Leader for the New Democrats, as well as caucus critic for Health and Social Services, the Ombudsman & Information and Privacy Commissioner, Poverty Elimination and Social Inclusion, and Small Business.[6] As Health and Social Services critic, Stick was vocal about the government's failure to plan adequate bed spaces in the territory's healthcare and continuing care facilities.

Stick announced her decision to seek re-election in Riverdale South in the 2016 Yukon election, but was defeated by Liberal and former Yukon Ombudsman, Tracy McPhee, in a close race. The New Democrats were reduced to third party status in that campaign.

Personal life[edit]

Stick is a small business owner, operating a used bookstore, Well-Read Books, in Whitehorse. A former social service case manager, she has also sat on the board of the Association of Community Living and the Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board's Appeal Tribunal. Stick was awarded the Yukon Commissioner's Award for Public Service and the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award for her community involvement.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

2016 general election[edit]

Riverdale South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Tracy McPhee 421 37.2% +8.9%
  NDP Jan Stick 384 34.0% -5.2%
Yukon Party Danny Macdonald 323 28.6% -3.8%
Total 1128 100.0%

2011 general election[edit]

Riverdale South[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Jan Stick 380 39.2% +18.7%
Yukon Party Glenn Hart 314 32.4% -11.9%
  Liberal Dan Curtis 275 28.3% -9.5%
Total 969 100.0%


  1. ^ Yukon Votes 2011: Riverdale South. CBC News, October 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Third woman joins city council race Whitehorse Star, January 6, 2005. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Council candidates- MUNICIPAL ELECTION Yukon News, October 14, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  4. ^ New mayor looks forward to three years of work Whitehorse Star, October 31, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  5. ^ 14 running in Whitehorse city election CBC North, September 24, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Jan Stick Yukon New Democratic Party. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Jan Stick Yukon New Democratic Party. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  8. ^ Unofficial Results, Riverdale South Elections Yukon, November 7, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Territorial Election 2011". Yukon NDP. June 17, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2011.