Kevin Barr

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Kevin Barr
MLA for Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes
In office
October 11, 2011 – November 7, 2016
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by John Streicker
Personal details
Political party NDP
Residence Crag Lake
Occupation Musician, Politician

Kevin Barr is a Canadian politician, who served in the Yukon Legislative Assembly from 2011 to 2016.[1] He represented the electoral district of Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes as a member of the Yukon New Democratic Party caucus. First elected in the 2011 election, he was defeated in the 2016 election by John Streicker of the Yukon Liberal Party.

Political career[edit]

Barr first entered politics when he ran unsuccessfully for the New Democrats in the rural Yukon seat of Southern Lakes against incumbent Yukon Party MLA Patrick Rouble in the 2006 Yukon election

He tried again - this time in 2011 - for the Yukon seat in the House of Commons under the New Democrat banner against Liberal incumbent Larry Bagnell in the 2011 federal election. Barr finished in fourth place, trailing Bagnell, Conservative Ryan Leef (who narrowly defeated Bagnell), and Green candidate John Streicker.

Barr sought office again later that year for the Yukon New Democratic Party in the 2011 Yukon territorial election, this time in the newly created rural riding of Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes where he lives. Barr won comfortably.

During the 33rd Legislative Assembly, Barr served as New Democrat Caucus Chair, as well as caucus critic for Community Services, Tourism and Culture, the Yukon Liquor Corporation, and the Child and Youth Advocate.[2] In office, Barr was a vocal opponent to fracking in the Yukon. In December 2015, he also presented a petition to establish National Aboriginal Day as a new statutory holiday in the territory.[3]

Barr announced his intent to seek re-election in Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes in the 2016 Yukon election, but was defeated narrowly in the campaign by now-Yukon Liberal John Streicker, who had placed ahead of Barr in the 2011 federal election. Streicker defeated Barr by just 14 votes; one of the closest that election. Barr was one of the four New Democrat incumbents to lose their seat in that campaign, in which the New Democrats was reduced to third party status.

Personal life[edit]

Prior to his term in the legislature, Barr was a community worker in Whitehorse and Carcross,[4] and a musician with the band Undertakin' Daddies (which was a nominee for the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group).

He currently lives in Crag Lake, Yukon.

Electoral record[edit]

Yukon general election, 2016[edit]

Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal John Streicker 451 38.5% +27.9%
  NDP Kevin Barr 437 37.3% -9.5%
Yukon Party Rob Schneider 284 24.2% -13.7%
Total 1172 100.0%

Yukon general election, 2011[edit]

Yukon general election, 2011: Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Kevin Barr 488 46.8%
Yukon Party Deborah Fulmer 395 37.9%
Liberal Ted Adel 111 10.6%
First Nations Party Stanley James 49 4.7%
Total 1,043 100.0%
Source(s)
"Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 2011 General Election" (PDF). Elections Yukon. 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 

Canadian federal election, 2011[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ryan Leef 5,422 33.77% +1.11% $78,970
Liberal Larry Bagnell 5,290 32.95% -12.85% $79,778
Green John Streicker 3,037 18.91% +6.08% $42,746
New Democratic Kevin Barr 2,308 14.37% +5.67% $28,631
Total valid votes/Expense limit 16,057 100.0% $230,125
Total rejected ballots 67 0.42%
Turnout 16,124 68.11%
Eligible voters 23,673

Yukon general election, 2006[edit]

Yukon general election, 2006[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Yukon Party Patrick Rouble 276 42.4% +2.5%
  NDP Kevin Barr 238 36.6% +3.2%
  Liberal Ethel Tizya 134 20.6% +2.0%
Total 651 100.0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yukon Votes 2011: Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes. CBC News, October 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Kevin Barr Yukon New Democratic Party. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Kevin Barr to run again for New Democrats in Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes Yukon News (Myles Dolphin), February 22, 2016. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "Yukon NDP selects Barr as federal candidate". CBC North, March 31, 2011.
  5. ^ Unofficial Results, Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes Elections Yukon, November 7, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2017
  6. ^ The Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of the Yukon on the 2006 General Election Elections Yukon (January 15, 2007). Retrieved November 16, 2016