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A FAST-MOVING EXPERIENCE – ‘It was a sprint, not a marathon,’ Green Party candidate Lenore Morris said of the campaign. She is shown at a small gathering with supporters on Monday evening.

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A ENJOYED HIS INDEPENDENCE – Independent candidate Jonas Smith, seen Monday evening, said today the Conservative Party was never entitled to the votes he drew.

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OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE – NDP candidate Lisa Vollans-Leduc, photographed at Monday evening’s gathering with supporters, says she hopes Liberal MP-designate Brendan Hanley will ‘move forward with respectful reconciliation’ in the coming months.

Candidates assess Yukoners’ verdict

(Rewrite) - The candidates from the NDP and Green Party didn’t have much to say about the results of Monday’s federal election.

By Tim Giilck on September 22, 2021

Rewrite - The candidates from the NDP and Green Party didn’t have much to say about the results of Monday’s federal election.

Lisa Vollans-Leduc of the NDP congratulated Liberal MP-designate Brendan Hanley on his victory in a Facebook post Monday night.

Earlier that evening, she said, “I don’t understand how not everyone in the country can’t vote around (party leader) Jagmeet Singh.

“He is an incredible leader for the movement we are bringing to the country, and it isn’t ending with this election.”

As for Hanley, she said, “I hope he moves forward in a good way.

“I hope he is accountable for the decisions the Liberal Party makes. And that he tries to move forward with respectful reconciliation.”

She planned to keep a careful eye on his efforts.

“I want to know what he brings forward on our behalf.”

As for her political future, Vollans-Leduc said, “I was just excited to run.

“People know about me now and I hope we continue with our work. We worked really hard and I think we made an impact in our territory. I really felt in my element running in this campaign.”

She wasn’t available to the Star for further comment Tuesday or this morning.

Green Party candidate Lenore Morris said: “I think it went well. We had to be very organized.

“By the time election day came, we were all exhausted. It was a sprint, not a marathon.”

She said being a second-time candidate lent her some advantages.

“I think I was a more polished candidate than the newcomers. I felt personally responsible to have a candidate, which is why I ran again, but I hope the next election will be more than 23 months from now.”

She was also her party’s Yukon candidate in 2019.

Morris said her favourite part of the 2021 campaign was the debates.

“I like the forums, but I wish there were real debates. I think environmental and climate change issues are the most important, but it’s dropped off because of COVID and some other issues.”

Morris did not respond to requests for an interview about the results.

Jonas Smith, who ran as an independent candidate, told the Star this morning he isn’t the slightest bit sympathetic to the notion the split vote amongst Conservative voters handed Hanley the election.

“The party wasn’t entitled to my votes,” he said bluntly. “I’m not the slightest bit sorry about my campaign.”

He said he had been hearing for months from local Conservative loyalists that the party had been been drifting too far from its roots as Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole navigated it toward the centre of the political spectrum.

“They were saying the party wasn’t representing them.”

Smith said he relayed those concerns to the party leadership – to no avail.

Eventually, of course, he was turfed from the Conservative candidacy just as the election was called. It seems unlikely that rift will be healed anytime soon.

Smith said under the proper circumstances, he might reconsider mending fences with the party, but that’s not likely right now.

“I’ll see what the future holds.”

He also predicted O’Toole won’t last long as party leader after the election failure.

“He’ll be out as fast as Patrick Brown was in Ontario,” he said of that province’s former Conservative Party leader.

Smith said he enjoyed the independent experience.

“I was very happy with the last five weeks and how my team has performed. It’s been a liberating experience and I would definitely do it again,” he said.

“Sadly, Canadians woke up this morning with the same political landscape we have been challenged by for six years now.  A political landscape which does not recognize the needs and priorities of Yukoners and what they deserve from Ottawa,” Smith added.

“That being said, here at home, the support I received from Yukoners throughout the territory and across the political spectrum is energizing and heartening. 

“I am  so inspired by the thousands of Yukoners seeking change and a voice which truly represents them.”

Comments (13)

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Jie on Sep 28, 2021 at 8:33 am

Jonas purposely cost Yukon Conservatives the election. Good job hero, you got what you wanted.

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Eugene on Sep 28, 2021 at 3:53 am

All of the candidates seemed very intelligent and well versed with current issues except, Lisa Vollans-Leduc.

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Bahahaaaa on Sep 27, 2021 at 8:23 am

Earlier that evening, she (Lisa Voll.-Led) said, “I don’t understand how not everyone in the country can’t vote around (party leader) Jagmeet Singh.

Lots of reasons, Lisa, lots.... I would give you a list, but don't even know where to start .....

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Takers, Fakers and Libs on Sep 24, 2021 at 11:06 pm

Wow Woodcutter! I guess your positivity has caused you to be blinded to reality. The Liberals have not provided the resources - They have confiscated them. The Liberals do not have any resources to give - They are takers.

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Obi on Sep 24, 2021 at 8:33 pm

Jonas, Waaaaaaa!
What a poor loser. Do you really think that sitting as an independent you would have done anything that would benefit the Yukon?
You did nothing, but through your selfishness, have given us another two years of local Liberal crap.
Your days of ever being elected for anything is over.

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woodcutter on Sep 24, 2021 at 3:51 pm

What do I tell my 3 kids about the national debt?

I'll drive them down the road and say, it was a dirt road before the liberals provided resources to improve it, thus making our drive safer and exerting Canada sovereignty.

See that beautiful recreation facility, a big part of that funding was provided by the liberal government. See that new water system, liberal government funded, look at those housing units, those renewable energy sources, clean air and water, clean mine sites, all these great jobs and education opportunities, yes liberal initiatives. However remember as you enjoy these great facilities you are paying for them, like I had to pay for the facilities that were created in my parents days, but never mind the doom and gloom about the debt, I've been hearing the same complaint from the right for over 5 decades and believe it or not, the sky has not fallen, in fact things keep getting better,

The real challenge is not to let the politics get in the way of living a happy life, so just keep living a good life, work, pay your taxes, keep away from preachers of false promises, view education as a continual life experience and remember to stay away from the negative people, cause negativity is the killer of all dreams.

How's that for an answer to your question bozojoe?

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bonanzajoe on Sep 23, 2021 at 9:14 pm

Buford. The better team sure knows how to rack up a debt. Explain that to your kids if you got any. And don't forget to change your moniker in two years. Don't want to embarrass yourself when you cuss the libs out for the 4-5 trillion debt and trillion dollar deficit.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 23, 2021 at 9:11 pm

Yup. Have fun paying off the massive debt your master racked up. I won't have to. I laugh at you libbers. You should have been careful for what you asked for. Because you sure got it.

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Buford on Sep 23, 2021 at 3:08 am

I would say that this was the most enjoyable Federal election and ensuing results of the new millennia. The better team won.

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CJ2 on Sep 22, 2021 at 9:14 pm

Singh wears Rolex watches. I find that fascinating.
Lenore Morris is a very good candidate, probably the best this year, but I'll never vote for the Green Party.

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Vince Anderson on Sep 22, 2021 at 7:31 pm

Sour grapes Jonas, Sour grapes that's all that was.

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Yup on Sep 22, 2021 at 5:57 pm

We don’t know the real reason Jonas was turfed. We know it wasn’t over public health stance as Smith claimed because his stance was the same as the CPC.
Anyway, all is well. The LPC is in charge of the country with a clear mandate and the Right side of the political spectrum is shattered into fringe groups.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 22, 2021 at 4:30 pm

I hope Jonas is right about Erin O'Toole. I think he needs to be turfed. I said this before, and still suspect he was a Liberal plant. He certainly is no conservative. I quit the party because of him and will not rejoin as long as he is leader. Imagine firing a candidate during an election campaign. Being an ex Armed Forces Officer, you would think he would know something about battle tactics. But, in the end he handed the Liberals an election gift.

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