THE PARTIES

Yukon Party


Party Leader: Darrell Pasloski
Founded: 1991
Current Number of Seats: 11/19
Website: www.yukonparty.ca

Profile

Due to the declining popularity of the federal Progressive Conservatives, the Yukon Progressive Conservative Party severed ties and renamed and rebranded itself as the Yukon Party in 1991.

The party formed its first minority government under the leadership of John Ostashek during the 1992 general election. The party captured 7 of the 17 seats in the legislature and received 35.9 per cent of popular vote.

During 1996 general election, the party captured only 3 of 17 seats and received 30.1 per cent of popular vote.

Party popularity continued to decline during the 2000 general election. During the election, the party was reduced to only a single seat and received 23.3 per cent of popular vote. John Ostashek lost his seat during the election and subsequently resigned as party leader.

Dennis Fentie became the new party leader in 2002. Under Fentie’s leadership, the party won two consecutive majorities in the 2002 and 2006 general elections. In 2002, the party secured 12 of 18 seats and received 40.3 per cent of the popular vote. In 2006, the party won 10 of 18 seats and received 40.6 per cent of popular vote.

In 2011, Dennis Fentie stepped down as the party leader and was succeeded by Darrell Pasloski.

During the 2011 election, Pasloski led the party to another majority by capturing 11 of 19 seats in the legislature and receiving 40.6 per cent of the popular vote.





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