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Candidates enter final two-week stretch

Exactly two weeks before the federal election,

By Gabrielle Plonka on October 7, 2019

Exactly two weeks before the federal election, the Yukon’s five candidates are gearing up for the home stretch with a week packed full of campaign events.

All five will attend two debates this week.

A forum focused on Yukon First Nations issues will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 this evening at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

The Yukon Chamber of Commerce will host a debate from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on business and industry issues at the Coast High Country Inn.

The candidates will also be interviewed on CHON-FM’s Rock the Talk from 11:20 a.m. to noon Friday with Peter Johnston, the grand chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations.

The candidates’ remaining plans are listed below in random order.

The NDP’s Justin Lemphers attended this afternoon’s Women’s History Month art reception, followed by a Q&A session with residents at the Whistle Bend Place care facility.

On Tuesday morning, Lemphers will attend a Q&A with students at Hidden Valley School. That will be followed by an Interpretive Guide Program by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Dân Ts’änanän kick-off at Yukon College.

On Wednesday, Lemphers will host a meet-and-greet at 11:30 a.m. in Burwash Landing and 4:30 p.m. in Haines Junction.

He will attend a round-table discussion hosted by the Individual Learning Centre on Thursday, followed by a Q&A with residents and staff of Copper Ridge Place at 2 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, Lemphers will host a meet-and-greet in Mayo.

Lemphers will be available for coffee and conversation with voters on Thursday and Friday mornings at The Claim and Midnight Sun Roasters respectively.

Next weekend, he will canvass in Mayo, Carmacks, Ross River and Faro.

Conservative candidate Jonas Smith is canvassing in Faro today. He has sent his regrets to the Whistle Bend care facility, as he will be unable to attend the Q&A session due to travel.

On Wednesday, Smith will attend the Teegatha’Oh Zheh Q&A followed by a CBC radio interview.

He will attend the Copper Ridge residents’ Q&A and Individual Learning Centre Q&A on Thursday, followed by the Yukon Women in Trades & Technology report launch.

Smith will spend next weekend and several weeknights canvassing in Whitehorse.

On Wednesday, Green Party candidate Lenore Morris will travel to Burwash.

On Thursday, she will attend the Hidden Valley School event and Individual Learning Centre Q&A. She will meet with the Copper Ridge Residents Association that afternoon.

Morris will also attend Thursday’s Women in Trades & Technology report launch.

Morris will spend the remainder of the weekend canvassing in Whitehorse.

Liberal incumbent Larry Bagnell attended the Whistle Bend Place forum this afternoon.

Bagnell will also attend tomorrow’s Q&A at Hidden Valley School.

On Thursday, Bagnell will attend the round-table at the Individual Learning Centre.

Joseph Zelezny, the People’s Party of Canada candidate, attended the Whistle Bend Q&A today.

Tomorrow, he will visit the Individual Learning Centre. On Thursday, Zelezny will attend the Individual Learning Centre forum and Copper Ridge forum.

On Saturday, an interview will be released from howestreet.com featuring Zelezny, party leader Maxime Bernier – who cancelled a recent planned appearance in Whitehorse – and a third candidate.

Zelezny will spend the remainder of the week door-knocking in Whitehorse.

See election commentaries.

Comments (20)

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unreal on Oct 14, 2019 at 6:12 am

For those that read still Murray Martin's letters to the editor, in this Friday's paper, he pooh-poohs May's investigation of Harper's, oops, Sheer's credibility and proposes that the half-American is beyond reproach. Then he uses Abraham Lincoln's climb to power as an example of how honourable he was but you forget that he is 100% American. Well, thanks Murray but we are in Canada and there are plenty of Canadian politicians you could have used as an example.

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Moose on Oct 14, 2019 at 1:53 am

Its hard to believe that with all of the craziness going on in the U.S. right now under the Conservatives, and the Brexit disaster brought on by Conservatives in the U.K. - we are on the verge of electing our own conservative government which has similar isolationist policies like cutting foreign aid and backing away from the U.N. We are a hair's width away from becoming part of this circus under American Andy Scheer. Unreal.

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Yukoner21 on Oct 13, 2019 at 10:10 pm

@OBI You realize Trudeau taught more French and math than drama right? Cons like you say "drama teacher" because you think it sounds pathetic (people who can't understand or appreciate the arts).

Also, American Andy wasn't even an insurance salesman. He was a waiter who did nothing except become a career politician from a land (Sask) where they will elect a pig so long as it is wearing blue lipstick. Plus he lied about his education as well for whatever reason. But sure, Trudeau is SO horrible, especially the record number of jobs *eyeroll*

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Pjt1959 on Oct 13, 2019 at 7:35 pm

I have contacted Larry’s campaign office 3 times not one phone call back. I believe he thinks it’s in the bag for him to go back to Ottawa. The reason for not calling me is probably he stood on my door step and basically denied what I questioned him on and only to find out it’s the main policy.

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Obi on Oct 13, 2019 at 12:16 pm

"Jolson"Trudeau, is an excellent teacher!
He has taught us that a drama teacher makes a terrible Prime Minstrel.

The more things change the more they stay the same, for example,

"The budget should be balanced, the treasury refilled, public debt reduced, the arrogance of officialdom tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign lands curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt."
Marcus Tullius Cicero--40 B.C. Sound familiar?

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Groucho d'North on Oct 13, 2019 at 11:09 am

Donald Trump's election to President of the United States demonstrated the total value of political polls - less than zero as a predictor of an outcome, but 100% effective in stimulating impassioned arguments.
Come Oct. 22, we'll all know the results and whatever the outcome, the Canadian electorate will laugh, we'll cry, we'll continue to kiss our tax dollars goodbye. For me - on a fixed income - it's about what our quality of life will be from how our tax dollars are spent.

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Moose on Oct 12, 2019 at 12:05 am

Well, just like the last 20 years, this is coming down to a battle between the Liberals and Conservatives. Latest poll is 34% con, 34% Lib, 16% NDP, 9% Green. I really hope people rally behind Larry so that we don't end up sending the social conservative creepy fella to Ottawa on our behalf. Pasloski's backroom boy.

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Obi on Oct 11, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Food for thought....
"Have you ever seen a politician talking to a rich person on television?"

"No one party can fool all the people all the time; that's why we have more than one"

The most terrifying words in the English language,
"I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help." Happy Thanksgiving!

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Joe on Oct 10, 2019 at 10:52 pm

@obi..I agree

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EJ on Oct 10, 2019 at 10:34 pm

Not sure who I am supporting, but I ruled out voting for Jonas and Scheer after learning that Scheer is an American. How can American Andy be working on trade and defense deals with the US when he has to swear allegiance to both countries? Looks like I'm probably voting for Joe Zelezny and the People's Party now.

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Michael Miller on Oct 10, 2019 at 5:11 pm

People died in wars to protect democracy and our right to vote but why has politics and leadership been driven into the ground?

Why cannot we have a modern day Tommy Douglas?

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Just sayin' on Oct 10, 2019 at 12:39 pm

I would have voted for the candidate that decided inclusiveness was more important. Oh well.

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Obi on Oct 10, 2019 at 12:12 pm

Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what he's talking about...
However I still think Lizzie May, wants us to live in huts and eat grass.

Also Food Alert ! Larry Bagel, is long, long past his best before date.

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Bandit on Oct 10, 2019 at 8:35 am

Hey Obi,
Maybe the Greenies are thinking we can all live as Weird Al Yankovic sings...
"Living in an Amish Paradise" If any of you haven't seen or remember the video Google it for a good chuckle.

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Joe on Oct 9, 2019 at 8:05 pm

Dear obi, here we seem to vote for the person not the party. Everyone I talk to says same thing. If blue wins here and red wins fed we’re doomed, same scenario if red wins here and blue wins fed, if green wins here it works with whoever wins fed, and she’s the best candidate.

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Obi on Oct 9, 2019 at 9:53 am

Dear Joe;
Someone should ask Elizabeth May just how we are to sow and reap our crops, once fossil fuels are banned!
Its just never occurred to the Church of Climatology any realistic consequences to their horrific plans.

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JC on Oct 8, 2019 at 9:08 pm

Dick North, Jonas is not sleeping. Bagnall looks like he's sleeping as well. It's just that the camera shutter clicked as they were blinking. However, as to Jonas' hard working, it's true. He hasn't much rest since even before the election was called. He certainly deserves a good nights sleep. I hope he works as hard when he goes to Ottawa.

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Joe on Oct 8, 2019 at 9:13 am

Everyone I talk to is saying they are choosing out with the old blue and red parties and in with the green, just saying

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Dick North on Oct 8, 2019 at 3:28 am

Why is Jonas Smith asleep? Surely Lenore Morris's platform cannot be that boring. Jonas may have been canvassing too hard as his eye sockets look like two dried up ponds due to 'climate change'.

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BnR on Oct 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm

“Lemphers will be available for coffee and conversation with voters on Thursday and Friday mornings at The Claim and Midnight Sun Roasters respectively”
Getting in touch with his people no doubt....
Wouldn’t want to dirty his shoes down at Timmy’s with the proletariat.

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