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Premier Ranj Pillai

Governing party selects new executive

The Yukon Liberal Party has elected a new executive following the annual general meeting and policy convention held Saturday.

By Whitehorse Star on January 30, 2023

The Yukon Liberal Party has elected a new executive following the annual general meeting and policy convention held Saturday.

Party members selected Carly Caruthers (president), George Filipovic (vice-president), Clarence Timmons (treasurer), Linda Casson (secretary), Staci McIntosh, Maria Vida Pelayo and Amy Ryder.

“It is great to see so many people involved in this year’s meeting,” McIntosh, a party spokesperson, said in a statement.

“The party members brought a lot of great ideas and concepts forward for discussion.

“Thank you to outgoing members of the executive Paolo Galina and Luke Campbell, and congratulations to the new executive – we appreciate their dedication to this important work.”

Saturday had originally been the date for an expected leadership convention, but Premier Ranj Pillai was acclaimed as Sandy Silver’s successor as leader on Jan. 7.

On Saturday, Pillai spoke to party members about the party’s values and strengths.

“I credit our ability to advance so many key commitments for Yukoners to our strong belief in collaboration,” Pillai said in the statement.

“Our party values the views of all Yukoners and strives to work on behalf of everyone. We have worked tirelessly since being elected in 2016 and will continue to drive forward on initiatives that make Yukoners’ lives better,” the premier added.

“I’m overwhelmed by the number ofpeople who previously gravitated to other parties and have now decided to support the Yukon Liberal Party,” Pillai said.

“They often tell me that they know our mature leadership and clear vision for the future is what the Yukon needs right now.

“I appreciate and thank the work of our party executive and all of the members who support these efforts.”

Meanwhile, the Confidence and Supply Agreement the Liberals signed with the NDP in April 2021 will expire Tuesday.

Talks for an extension continue.

Without an agreement in place, the minority government can only be defeated and forced out of office when the legislature is sitting, which won’t happen until March.

Comments (2)

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Groucho d'North on Jan 31, 2023 at 9:20 am

New faces with the same old perspectives. Let's hope the CASA negociations result in independent parties once again. Bring back real democracy and let Yukoners decide the future we want.

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John on Jan 30, 2023 at 2:03 pm

...and the rats jump the sinking (or should I say "stinking") ship as the Litanic slowly goes glub, glub...

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