Photo by Whitehorse Star
Photo by Whitehorse Star
After losing her party's election nomination for her current riding, Justice Minister Marian Horne has been nominated as the Yukon Party candidate for Whitehorse Centre.
That will put her against NDP Leader Elizabeth Hanson, who handily won the riding in a December 2010 byelection.
"For me, being an MLA is very challenging and also very rewarding,” Horne said today.
"I enjoy helping Yukoners achieve a better quality of life. I find it very fulfilling to go home at the end of the day knowing I helped someone. I have a proven track record of making Yukon a better place to live and raise our families.”
Horne has represented Pelly-Nisutlin since 2006, but Stacey Hassard was nominated to represent the Yukon Party in that riding for the upcoming election.
Horne, also the minister responsible for the Women's Directorate, plans to continue her work while representing the constituents of Whitehorse Centre.
"Premier (Darrell) Pasloski and I have spoken many times about our vision for the future,” said Horne.
"I believe his values are the same as mine, especially the importance he places on his family and his commitment to a fair and equitable government.
"I want to be a part of the Yukon Party team as we offer Yukon the best choice going forward. I will represent this riding effectively, and can play an important role in addressing the issues in the riding.”
Horne succeeds Lana Putnam, the previous candidate for Whitehorse Centre who recently withdrew for personal reasons. The acclamation completes the roster of 19 Yukon Party candidates.
"Our government has made significant advances in our health care, seniors' housing, low-income housing, services for victims of crime, FASD, and correctional reform,” Horne said.
"This work is ongoing, and I want to see it through to completion. I will continue to focus on promoting healthy women as they are essential to healthy families, healthy communities and a healthy Yukon.”
Speaking with reporters this morning, Hanson called Horne "an able woman.
"She's served people for the last term. I'm a bit surprised that she's running in Whitehorse Centre. It's unusual to parachute for a totally different geographic region of the territory....
"I have no insight into her reasons for choosing to run in Whitehorse Centre.”
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