List of premiers of Yukon

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The Canadian territory of Yukon has had a responsible government since 1978. In the 19th century, Yukon was a segment of the Hudson's Bay Company-administered North-Western Territory and then the Canadian-administered Northwest Territories. The territory only obtained a recognizable local government in 1895 when it became a separate district of the Northwest Territories.[1] In 1898, Yukon was made a separate territory with its own commissioner and appointed Territorial Council.[2] Prior to 1978, the territory had a legislature with a largely advisory role and no political parties or government leader. Instead, powers were invested in a governing Commissioner appointed by the federal government.[3]

Yukon has had nine Premiers since 1978, of which five were from the Yukon Party and its predecessor the Yukon Progressive Conservative Party, two were from the Yukon Liberal Party, and two were from the Yukon New Democratic Party. Yukon is the only province or territory in Canada that has never had a native-born premier. The Government of Yukon does not publish an official list of premiers, listed here are the terms of serve as provided by the Parliament of Canada.[4]

Premiers of Yukon

  Yukon Liberal Party   Yukon New Democratic Party   Yukon Progressive Conservative Party   Yukon Party

Premier
(party)
Incumbency Period[4] Assemblies Elections
1st Chris Pearson[N 1]
(Progressive Conservative)

(1931-2014)

6 years, 122 days November 20, 1978
March 22, 1985
24th
25th
Elected November 20, 1978
Re-elected June 7, 1982
Resigned March 1985
2nd Willard Phelps[N 1]
(Progressive Conservative)

(b. 1941)

66 days March 23, 1985
May 28, 1985
25th Designated March 1985
Tony Penikett Head Shot.jpg 3rd Tony Penikett
(NDP)

(b. 1945)

7 years, 161 days May 29, 1985
November 6, 1992
26th
27th
Elected May 13, 1985
Re-elected February 20, 1989
4th John Ostashek[N 1]
(Yukon Party)[N 2](1936-2007)
3 years, 346 days November 7, 1992
October 18, 1996
28th Elected October 19, 1992
5th Piers McDonald
(NDP)

(b. 1955)

3 years, 199 days October 19, 1996
May 5, 2000
29th Elected September 30, 1996
6th Pat Duncan
(Liberal)

(b. 1960)

2 years, 181 days May 6, 2000
November 30, 2002
30th Elected April 17, 2000
Dennis Fentie.jpg 7th Dennis Fentie
(Yukon Party)

(1950-2019)

8 years, 192 days November 30, 2002
June 10, 2011
31st
32nd
Elected November 4, 2002
Re-elected October 10, 2006
Resigned April 27, 2011
Darrell Pasloski.jpg 8th Darrell Pasloski
(Yukon Party)

(b. 1960)

5 years, 175 days June 11, 2011
December 3, 2016
32nd
33rd
Designated May 28, 2011
Re-elected October 11, 2011
Sandy Silver.jpg 9th Sandy Silver
(Liberal)

(b. 1969)

3 years, 288 days December 3, 2016
present
34th Elected November 7, 2016
Sandy SilverDarrell PasloskiDennis FentiePat DuncanPiers McDonaldJohn OstashekTony PenikettWillard PhelpsChris Pearson (politician)

Living former premiers

As of August 2019, five former premiers are alive, the oldest being Willard Phelps (1985, born 1941). The most recent former premier to die was Dennis Fentie (2002–2011), on August 30, 2019. He was also the most recently serving premier to die.

Name Term Date of birth
Willard Phelps 1985 (1941-10-23) October 23, 1941 (age 78)
Tony Penikett 1985–1992 (1945-02-11) February 11, 1945 (age 75)
Piers McDonald 1996–2000 (1955-08-04) August 4, 1955 (age 65)
Pat Duncan 2000–2002 (1960-04-08) April 8, 1960 (age 60)
Darrell Pasloski 2011–2016 (1960-12-07) December 7, 1960 (age 59)

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c Used the title Government Leader instead of Premier
  2. ^ In 1992, the Yukon Progressive Conservative Party changed its name to the Yukon Party.

Notes

  1. ^ Coates 1988, p. 74
  2. ^ Coates 1988, p. 103
  3. ^ "Territorial Battles: Yukon Elections, 1978-2006". CBC. November 22, 1978. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Territory File - Premiers - Yukon". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved October 30, 2012.