Peter Jenkins (politician)

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Peter Jenkins
Mayor of Dawson City, Yukon
In office
Preceded by Vi Campbell
Succeeded by Art Webster
In office
Preceded by John Steins
Succeeded by Wayne Potoroka
MLA for Klondike
In office
Preceded by David Millar
Succeeded by Steve Nordick
Personal details
Born (1944-04-30) April 30, 1944 (age 72)[1]
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Yukon Party → Independent
Residence Dawson City, Yukon

Peter William Jenkins (born April 30, 1944) is a Canadian politician, who has served as deputy premier and health minister in the territorial government of the Yukon, and as mayor of Dawson City.

Jenkins, a hotelier, first ran for the territorial legislature in 1989 but lost to NDP cabinet minister Art Webster. In that vote, Jenkins' campaign manager was future Liberal Premier Pat Duncan.

Prior to entering provincial politics, he served as mayor of Dawson City from 1980 to 1994,[2] earning the nickname "Pirate Pete" after he registered for satellite television service under the name of a dead local pioneer and then redistributed the television signals to residents of Dawson City for free.[3]

Jenkins was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the 1996 election in Klondike for the Yukon Party.[4] He defended his seat in the 2000 election, the only Yukon Party member to do so. He assumed the leadership of the party after the election. He held the position as sole MLA and leader until May and June 2002, when Dennis Fentie crossed the floor from the NDP and won the leadership party's leadership, defeating Jenkins and former party president Darcy Tkachuk on the first ballot.

He defended his seat successfully in the 2002 general election and was sworn into cabinet in November, serving as Health Minister and Deputy Premier until November 28, 2005 when he resigned from the party and cabinet. Jenkins said this was because "the heart and soul of my community has been ripped out by the inefficiences of government at the municipal level, the territorial level." Fentie told the press at the time it was due to the ongoing loans file, which involved Jenkins owing $300,000 to the territorial government he was a part of. This eventually was cleared off the books in March 2006.

Jenkins sat as an Independent MLA in the Assembly until dissolution, and chose not to run in the 2006 general election. Jenkins later ran for another term as mayor of Dawson City in the 2009 municipal election,[2] defeating incumbent John Steins by seven votes.[5] He was defeated in the 2012 municipal election by Wayne Potoroka.[6]


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