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Graham plans to leave politics

Doug Graham, the Porter Creek North MLA and Education minister, will not seek the riding’s nomination for the upcoming territorial election.

By Whitehorse Star on June 8, 2016

Doug Graham, the Porter Creek North MLA and Education minister, will not seek the riding’s nomination for the upcoming territorial election.

“I would like to thank my constituents for their support over the past five years,” he said in a brief statement put out today by the Yukon Party.

“It’s been a pleasure to serve the residents of Porter Creek North.”

The minister of Education since January 2015, Graham served as the minister of Health and Social Services before that.

He served on city council from 2000 until he was elected to the legislature in 2011.

Graham’s first foray into politics though goes back to 1978, when territorial party politics were born and when he was elected in the then-riding of Porter Creek West.

That’s when the Yukon Party was known as the Yukon Territorial Progressive Conservative Party, and was headed by the late government leader Chris Pearson.

Graham remained in the role of MLA until 1982.

In those years, he served at various times as deputy chair of committee of the whole, chair of the standing committee of rules, elections and privileges, along with ministerial roles for Education, Justice, Consumer and Corporate Affairs, the Workers’ Compensation Board, Information Resources and Government Services.

He then went on to a 28-year career at Yukon College before retiring and running in the 2011 election. He had initially said he would run for the Yukon Liberal Party in that election.

Graham could not be reached for comment before this afternoon’s deadline.

Comments (9)

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Joey Manvilly on Jun 14, 2016 at 6:55 pm

I wish Doug takes a well deserved break and then seriously considers running for Mayor.

He would do very well and bring some well needed stability to city matters.

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Jwhite on Jun 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Drum, Mr, Graham was elected October 2011. That's 5 years. Pensions are paid after 6. And please can we just all get over the whistle bend location of the long term care facility? As soneone recently pointed out, every subdivision in whitehorse is far away from some other subdivision. I live farther from downtown than Whistle Bend, and it isn't a hardship. The facility is intended for residents who are not going to care about being close to shopping, are not going to be out and about on their own, and public transit is available for visitors who don't drive. Let's just get the darn thing built and free up needed hospital beds.

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drum on Jun 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm

He tried his best under the circumstances. I wish him every success in the future. I like him and I think he did care.
He now has his full pension (6 years service in the Leg) which most civil servants have to work for 30 years to get- but theirs will be a lot less than his because it is based on a percentage of the salary you get for your best consecutive 5 years What did he receive as a salary?????
Over $100,000.00 probably - most civil servants earn a lot lot less. The people that keep the YG functioning (the troops that come to work everyday and do a good days work for no thanks actually serving the people of the Yukon ) are paid the least!!!!!!!! Way below the glorious salaries that DM's, ADM's, MLA's, PSC Commissioner, Ministers and the Premier make.

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jc on Jun 8, 2016 at 9:36 pm

The party needs fresh meat.

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Izzadore on Jun 8, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Holy collapsing bubbles Batman this is Bizarre it's as if the whole 'Yukon Party' is imploding!

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June Jackson on Jun 8, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Best news I have heard all day.. and, it wasn't like he was going to get elected again. He can certainly see the handwriting on the wall for an attempted re-election.

How much of a huge good bye package is he getting? anyone know? Is he getting that gold plated pension? He is getting out while the getting is good.

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Josey Wales on Jun 8, 2016 at 3:35 pm

good....see ya!

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joe and Jane on Jun 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Part of a sinking ship anyways, best to get out by choice than by vote.

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AintHalfHotMum on Jun 8, 2016 at 3:04 pm

leaving the arena ? ..... oh dear , how sad , never mind!

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