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The Slate – Yukon Style

March 2011
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Well, it appears that we have the names of everyone running for the election in Yukon. We have one seat covering the whole territory, for those not aware. Also, with our small population, elections here always seem to have that touch of “Hey, I know him/her.” Note: no her this time….

Running for the Liberal Party is incumbant, Larry Bagnell. He won the seat three terms ago from NDP Louise Hardy by a small margin of votes in 2001. Green Party candidate, John Streicker, is another veteran campaigner. John, a former Yukon College employee, is an engineer and climate change specialist. The Conservative Party has a new candidate this time around, Ryan Leef. Ryan has been an ex-mountie, ex-big game outfitter, ex-corrections officer and was, up to recently, a professional MMA fighter. Since the NDP candidate won’t be official until Wednesday, I can only hint that Kevin Barr, Juno-nominated musician, and Alex Furlong, president of the Yukon Federation of Labour, are expected to be the choices for candidate.

Revision Note: Kevin Barr was nominated last night.

Well, there’s your choices and there’s more than a month to make up your minds. And, is often the case, that involves picking which one of those, “Hey, I know him’s” based on which one you think will do the best job… or not.


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