Whitehorse West

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Whitehorse West
Yukon electoral district
Territorial electoral district
Legislature Yukon Legislative Assembly
MLA
 
 
 
Richard Mostyn
Liberal
First contested 1970
Last contested 2016
Demographics
Electors (2016) 1,327
Census subdivisions Logan, Ingram, Arkell, Copper Ridge

Whitehorse West is an electoral district which returns a member (known as an MLA) to the Legislative Assembly of the Yukon Territory in Canada.

The Whitehorse district is the smallest riding, by size, in the Yukon and includes the subdivisions of Logan, Ingram, Arkell, and part of Copper Ridge. It is bordered by the ridings of Mountainvew, Takhini-Kopper King, and Copperbelt North.

The current MLA is Richard Mostyn of the Yukon Liberal Party, who was elected on November 7, 2016.

History[edit]

While it is one of the oldest ridings in the Yukon by name, the current riding no longer represents its initial boundaries, nor even the boundaries as recent as the 2000 general election due to the continued residential development in that area of the city.

Whitehorse West is the former seat of Yukon Premier Tony Penikett of the Yukon New Democratic Party, Deputy Premier Elaine Taylor of the Yukon Party, Dennis Schneider, 8th Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly, and Ken McKinnon, former Commissioner of the Yukon.

Initially considered a New Democrat stronghold, the riding evolved into a largely Yukon Party stronghold, despite falling to the Liberals in 2016. However, Whitehorse West could also be viewed as a bellwether, as it has voted for the governing party in every territorial election since 1985, except one (1992).

Whitehorse West was the only seat won by the Yukon New Democratic Party in the 1978 territorial election.

MLAs[edit]

Parliament Years Member Party
1970 1970-1974     Ken McKinnon Independent
1974 1974-1978     Flo Whyard Independent
1978 1978–1982     Tony Penikett New Democratic
1982 1982–1985
1985 1985–1989
1989 1989–1992
1992 1992–1995
1995–1996     Vacant
1996     David Sloan New Democratic
1996 1996–2000
2000 2000–2002     Dennis Schneider Liberal
2002 2002–2006     Elaine Taylor Yukon Party
2006 2006–2011
2011 2011–2016
2016 2016–present     Richard Mostyn Liberal

Electoral results[edit]

2016 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 2016[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Richard Mostyn 455 45.8% +17.1%
Yukon Party Elaine Taylor 433 43.6% -14.3%
  NDP Stu Clark 106 10.7% -2.2%
Total 994 100.0%

2011 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 2011[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Yukon Party Elaine Taylor 422 57.9% +4.8%
  Liberal Cully Robinson 209 28.7% -9.9%
  NDP Louis Gagnon 94 12.9% +5.1%
Total 729 100.0%

2006 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 2006[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Yukon Party Elaine Taylor 511 53.1% +5.7%
  Liberal Mike Walton 371 38.6% +0.6%
  NDP Rhoda Merkel 75 7.8% -6.1%
Total 963 100.0%

2002 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 2002[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Yukon Party Elaine Taylor 398 47.4% +19.7%
  Liberal Dennis Schneider 319 38.0% -2.5%
  NDP Rachel Grantham 117 13.9% -17.4%
Total 840 100.0%

2000 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 2000[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Dennis Schneider 621 40.5% +8.4%
  NDP Dave Sloan 480 31.3% -9.4%
Yukon Party Elaine Taylor 425 27.7% +0.7%
Total 1535 100.0%

1996 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1996[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Dave Sloan 486 40.7% -1.6%
  Liberal Larry Bagnell 383 32.1% +0.2%
Yukon Party Ken McKinnon 323 27.0% +2.3%
Total 1195 100.0%

1996 by-election[edit]

By-election: 1996[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Dave Sloan 433 42.3% -3.3%
  Liberal Larry Bagnell 326 31.9% +14.8%
Yukon Party Shelda Hutton 253 24.7% -10.1%
Total 1023 100.0%

1992 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1992[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Tony Penikett 304 45.6% -9.7%
Yukon Party Bob Bruneau 232 34.8% +1.3%
  Liberal Shaun Patrick Dennehy 114 17.1% +6.2%
  Independent Bernd Schmidt 12 1.8% +1.8%
Total 666 100.0%

1989 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1989[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Tony Penikett 810 55.3% -1.9%
Progressive Conservative Flora Evans 491 33.5% -8.9%
  Liberal Joe Jack 160 10.9% +10.9%
Total 1465 100.0%

1985 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1985[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Tony Penikett 716 57.2% +8.5%
Progressive Conservative Charlie Friday 531 42.4% -3.7%
Total 1251 100.0%

1982 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1982[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Tony Penikett 541 48.7% +17.4%
Progressive Conservative Pat Harvey 508 45.7% +20.6%
  Liberal Adam Skrutkowski 59 5.3% -21.9%
Total 1112 100.0%

1978 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1978[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  NDP Tony Penikett 230 31.3%
  Liberal John V. Watt 200 27.2%
Progressive Conservative Anthony Fekete 185 25.1%
  Independent Al Omatani 81 11.0%
  Independent Guy Julien 37 5.0%
Total 736 100.0%
  • Partisan politics introduced into the territory

1974 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1974[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Independent Flo Whyard 252 42.3%
  Independent John V. Watt 227 38.1%
  Independent Al Omatani 116 19.5%
Total 596 100.0%

1970 general election[edit]

Yukon general election, 1970[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Independent Ken McKinnon 444 23.4%
  Independent John V. Watt 294 28.7%
  Independent John P. Hoyt 281 27.5%
Total 1023 100.0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unofficial Results, Whitehorse West Elections Yukon, November 7, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  2. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 2011 General Election Elections Yukon, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 2006 General Election Elections Yukon, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 2002 General Election Elections Yukon, 2002. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 2000 General Election Elections Yukon, 2000. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 1996 General Election Elections Yukon, 1996. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of the Yukon on By-elections Held February 5, 1996 Elections Yukon, 1996. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 1992 General Election Elections Yukon, 1992. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  9. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 1989 General Election Elections Yukon, 1989. Retrieved January 21, 2017
  10. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon on the 1985 General Election Elections Yukon, 1985. Retrieved January 21, 2017
  11. ^ Yukon Elections Board Report on the 1982 Election Elections Yukon, 1982. Retrieved January 21, 2017
  12. ^ Yukon Elections Board Report on the 1978 Election Elections Yukon, 1978. Retrieved January 21, 2017
  13. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer on Yukon Territory Elections Held During the Year 1974 Elections Yukon, 1974. Retrieved January 21, 2017
  14. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer on Yukon Territory Elections Held During the Year 1970 Elections Yukon, 1970. Retrieved January 21, 2017