Todd Hardy

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Todd Hardy
MLA for Whitehorse Centre
In office
September 30, 1996 – April 17, 2000
Preceded by Margaret Commodore
Succeeded by Mike McLarnon
In office
November 4, 2002 – July 28, 2010
Preceded by Mike McLarnon
Succeeded by Liz Hanson
Leader of Official Opposition of Yukon
In office
2002 – May 1, 2006
Preceded by Eric Fairclough
Succeeded by Arthur Mitchell
Leader of the Yukon New Democratic Party
In office
2002 – September 26, 2009
Preceded by Eric Fairclough
Succeeded by Liz Hanson
Personal details
Born May 17, 1957
Murraysville, British Columbia
Died July 28, 2010( 2010-07-28) (aged 53)
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Louise Hardy
Residence Whitehorse, Yukon
Occupation Carpenter, Trade Unionist
Religion Buddhist

Todd Hardy (May 17, 1957 – July 28, 2010) was a Canadian carpenter, trade union activist, and politician who served as Leader of the Yukon New Democratic Party. He has also served as Leader of the Opposition in the Yukon Legislative Assembly from 2002 to 2006.

A carpenter by trade, Hardy was business agent of local 2499 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America before being elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly. He taught karate and also volunteered as a minor hockey coach, coaching one of the Yukon's teams to the Arctic Winter Games and the Canada Winter Games.[1] He was married to Louise Hardy, the Yukon's former federal Member of Parliament.

Political career[edit]

He was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly for the riding of Whitehorse Centre in the 1996 Yukon general election and was narrowly defeated in the 2000 election. Hardy was one of the founders of Habitat for Humanity in the Yukon.[2] He became leader of the Yukon NDP in 2002 and won his Whitehorse Centre seat in the general election held that year.

In August 2006, Hardy was sent to Vancouver for leukemia treatment.[3] Hardy fought the 2006 general election from his hospital bed through near daily telephone conferences with local reporters and the NDP candidates. He returned to Whitehorse just a week before the vote and still managed to win his seat. His party, however, though leading in the polls for months going into the election was reduced to three seats and third party status.

Hardy maintained his seat in the legislature and title of leader despite frequent trips out of the territory for continued monitoring and treatment during the spring sitting in 2007. He continued in his duties until the 2010 spring sitting, when his surprised his colleagues by sitting in the legislature despite his illness.

Citing his ongoing health issues, he announced on February 5, 2009 his intent to resign as party leader.[4] This took effect on September 26, 2009, when Elizabeth Hanson was acclaimed as the new leader.[5]


Todd Hardy died at home after a long battle with leukemia at age 53 surrounded by close family.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

Yukon general election, 2006[edit]

Whitehorse Centre[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Todd Hardy 357 46.6% +13.4%
  Liberal Bernie Phillips 211 27.5% +3.4%
Yukon Party Jerry Johnson 188 24.8% +5.9%
Total 766 100.0%

Yukon general election, 2002[edit]

Whitehorse Centre[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Todd Hardy 300 33.2% -0.7%
  Liberal Bernie Phillips 218 24.1% -22.1%
  Independent Mike McLarnon 207 2.9%
Yukon Party Vicki Durrant 171 18.9% +0.3%
Total 904 100.0%

Yukon general election, 2000[edit]

Whitehorse Centre[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Mike McLarnon 312 46.2% +23.0%
  NDP Todd Hardy 229 33.9% -11.9%
Yukon Party Vicki Durrant 130 19.2% -11.0%
Total 676 100.0%

Yukon general election, 1996[edit]

Whitehorse Centre[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Todd Hardy 328 45.8% +8.3%
Yukon Party Linda Dixon 216 30.2% -7.0%
  Liberal Jon Breen 166 23.2% -1.7%
Total 716 100.0%