Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and his Liberal government are not jumping ship anytime soon, despite speculation from the official opposition.
In a May 11 statement, Brad Cathers, MPP for Lake Laberge and Yukon Party Critic for Democratic Institutions, insinuated that the prime minister would step down from the top job and start a Liberal leadership race. .
“With Premier Silver widely expected to announce his retirement later this year, it’s important that he be open and transparent with the public,” Cathers said in the statement, adding that the premier must “set the ground rules for ministers looking to replace him to ensure that government resources are not used in the Liberal leadership election.
A terse response from the Yukon government to the NewsThe investigation was triggered by the press release issued by the Yukon Party.
“The MP for Lake Laberge clearly has too much free time and we will not be following the career advice of this deposed leader of the Yukon Party,” read a May 11 email from Cabinet communications.
“Obviously, the Yukon Party is planning its own leadership struggles and trying to deflect attention from the division within its party. The Yukon Liberal government as a whole remains committed to serving Yukoners during its tenure.
Cathers ran as a candidate for the 2020 Yukon Party leadership election to replace Darrell Pasloski, who resigned after his majority government was defeated and Pasloski lost his territorial re-election campaign in Mountainview on November 7, 2016 .
Stacey Hassard has been named interim leader of the Yukon Party until the party chooses a new leader in May 2020.
Currie Dixon won the party’s latest leadership race and was reaffirmed as leader of the Yukon Party in a regular leadership review at the party’s April 30 annual general meeting.
Silver took over as Liberal leader when former leader Darius Elias, one of only two Liberal MPs at the time, resigned in 2012 to sit as an independent.
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