Yukon Liberal Party is sworn in, aiming for the party to form a minority government



Whitehorse — Members of the Yukon Liberal Party are pledged today as the party aims to form a minority government.

The election ended with eight seats between the incumbent Liberal Party and the Yukon Party, and New Democrats with three seats.

The majority government requires 10 seats.

Candidates from the New Democrats and Yukon Party have already pledged.

Yukon leader Currie Dixon said he had concluded that the Liberal Party was trying to form a government with the support of the New Democratic Party, without contact from Liberal Party Prime Minister Sandy Silver.

He couldn’t ask the Liberal Party for comment on Thursday, but said New Democrats had spoken to both other major parties.

“We are in talks with both the Yukon Party and the Liberal Party,” said François Picard, Chief of Staff of the NDP Caucus. “We are not going to negotiate through the media, so in order to respect all parties, we continue those conversations and do not speculate on their consequences.”

Mr Dixon said he hopes the Liberal Party will try to form a government with the support of the NDP.

“The fact that the liberals didn’t even contact us shows that their clear preference is to form a leftist coalition,” he added.

Dixon admitted that the Liberal Party would make the first attempt to form a government, but he questioned the delay in announcing their plans.

“My message to (Silver) today and the Liberal Party today continue to do so as the Yuconers seek government and leadership,” he said in an interview.

The loss of Liberal seats claimed one prominent politician as the territorial health minister lost to her NDP opponents on a small horseback riding on Vuntut Gwichin after the recount ended in a draw. Winners were selected by lottery.

Prior to the judicial recount, Silver said the result would not change the fact that his party was in a minority government situation.

“My intention is to wait for the outcome of discussions with other leaders and soon swear in the Cabinet to test the credibility of the house with a speech from the throne and one or more budget proposals.”

The Liberal Party won a surprising victory in a majority election in 2016, ending 14 years of Yukon rule.