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NDP Party

Yukon New Democratic Party


Party Leader: Elizabeth Hanson
Founded: 1978
Current Number of Seats: 6/19
Website: www.yukonndp.ca

Profile

The Yukon New Democratic Party ran candidates for the first time in the 1978 under the leadership of Fred Berger. The party won 1 of the 16 seats in the legislature and received 20.3 per cent of popular vote.

During the 1985 general election the party captured its first minority government winning 8 of the 16 seats and 41.1 per cent of the popular vote. During 1989 general election, the party captured its first majority government with 9 of the 16 seats in the legislature and 41.1 per cent of the popular vote. Both of these wins occurred under the leadership of Tony Penikett.

In the 1992 general election, after seven years in power, the NDP was defeated. The party captured six of the 17 seats in the legislature. In 1994, Tony Penikett resigned as party leader and was succeeded by Piers McDonald at a party convention in May 1995.

During the 1996 election, the party under the leadership of Piers McDonald won a majority by capturing 11 of the 17 seats and 39.9 per cent of the popular vote.

During the 2000 general election, the party was defeated after capturing only 6 of the 17 seats in the legislature. Following the electoral defeat, Piers McDonald stepped down as the party leader and was succeeded by Todd Hardy in 2002.

The party remained the official opposition in the legislature under the leadership of Todd Hardy from 2002-2009. During the 2006 general election, the party only captured 3 of the 18 seats and received 34.7 per cent of the popular vote. Hardy stepped down as the party leader in 2009 due to health issues and was succeeded by Elizabeth Hanson by acclamation.

Elizabeth Hanson led the party during the 2011 general election capturing 6 of the 19 seats in the legislature and received 32.6 per cent of popular vote.  





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