The Premier of Yukon (or unofficially, the Premier of the Yukon) is the first minister for the Canadianterritory of Yukon. They are the territory's head of government and de facto chief executive, although their powers are considerably smaller than that of a provincial premier. The office was established in 1979 when most authority was devolved from the appointed Commissioner to the leader of the party that had the confidence of the Yukon Legislative Assembly; for the year immediately prior to this, that leader was one of the members serving with the Commissioner's executive committee (a cabinet).
From the first conventional legislative elections in 1979 to 1989, the term Government Leader was used. Tony Penikett chose to change the title to Premier for his 1985 to 1992 term amid some controversy. His successor, John Ostashek, returned to using Government Leader, as did Ostashek's successor Piers McDonald. McDonald's successor Pat Duncan made the decision to use the title Premier upon taking office in 2000 and the title has remained unchanged.