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Linda Benoit

Leadership race gains another candidate

Linda Benoit, a long-time Yukon Party loyalist, has become the third person seeking the opposition party’s leadership.

By Whitehorse Star on January 14, 2020

Linda Benoit, a long-time Yukon Party loyalist, has become the third person seeking the opposition party’s leadership.

Benoit (formerly Hillier) was born in Whitehorse and raised in Faro and has a 16-year history serving the party as treasurer and official agent, as well as serving three terms as party president.

“I bring long-standing experience and knowledge of the Yukon Party and the territory’s social, economic and political landscape from the perspective of both being in government and the private sector,” Benoit, 38, said in a statement Tuesday.

“I’m fiercely committed to the Yukon and am deeply concerned with the path the current government is taking, which has fuelled my determination to help lead and shape a territory that governs for, and reflects the needs of, all Yukoners in all communities.”

Benoit is the chief administrative officer and health, safety and environmental manager for Whitehorse-based Teichroeb Construction and Management.

She has also been an owner-operator of her own IT-Administrative company since 2008.

Benoit previously served in the offices of former Yukon Party premier Darrell Pasloski and the late premier Dennis Fentie.

More recently, she served as the campaign manager for Jonas Smith, the territory’s Conservative Party candidate in the October 2019 federal election.

Benoit lives in downtown Whitehorse with her partner, Mike, and dog, Linus.

Benoit has long served numerous sectors and important community groups in a volunteer capacity.

She is currently the vice-president of Yukon Women in Trades & Technology, the treasurer of the Youth of Today Society and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary committee to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 254.

Over and above her political activism, volunteer commitments and full-time job, Benoit also continues to work part-time as a server for supplemental income.

“As a proud member of the private sector, I’m very familiar with the challenges Yukoners are facing with the increasing cost of everyday expenses under the current territorial Liberal government,” she said.

“In addition to delivering options for affordable housing, attracting family physicians, providing appropriate education supports for our children, and fulfilling infrastructure projects and green energy solutions, Yukoners also deserve a government that can effectively balance support for our instrumental mining industry and the significant contributions it makes with the realities of climate change.

“I look forward to lending an alternate perspective and a unique voice to this important leadership process as we work together to become the next territorial government, and I encourage all Yukoners to look at the Yukon Party in a new light: one of inclusiveness and diversity.”

The Liberals’ five-year mandate will expire in late 2021.

Yukon Party MLA Brad Cathers and former cabinet minister Currie Dixon are also pursuing the party’s leadership, which will be decided at a May 23 convention.

All members of the Yukon Party will be eligible to vote provided their membership has been purchased or renewed by April 9.

Individuals must be Yukon aresidents, 14 years of age or older, and not hold a membership in another territorial party.

Comments (20)

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Wilf Carter on Jan 20, 2020 at 4:04 pm

Lets look at what taking place today that is not good for Yukoners:
> power rates going up 20% or more because of not planning for growth into future!!
> Housing crises because lack of land planning in Whitehorse which is turning Yukon into another Fort Mac.
> We were suppose to get 100% of carbon tax back in Yukon but not even close!!!
> Wild fires are caused in cycles that run ever 200 years around the world. Yukon has an old growth forest and we need to do forest management to control the wild fires, but no one will listen or stop to see how it works.
> Ottawa is giving away our money to make other countries better like we used to get.
> Pensions in Canada are going backwards hurting Yukoners who paid in all their lives and do not receive their full share.
> Immigration is a problem in some areas of our country and is affecting Yukon greatly.
> The big thing is the lying to Yukoners. Larry Bagnell put out his last report from Ottawa to Yukoners just days before the Federal election and stated there would be $950 million dollars coming to Yukoners in three area's, which we all know is not true. That has to be stopped.

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Wilf Carter on Jan 20, 2020 at 3:53 pm

Lets face it, Yukon is controlled by Ottawa funding. But we can build a self supporting economy if we could just get it together and stop fighting among each other.
The future economy of Yukon is in our resources: mining, specialized forestry and foods, green energy in hydro, better organization on tourism product based on what can be seen in Yukon and experienced, etc.
For example: I worked on a forestry plan for Yukon in 2009 and it had a lot of good ideas in it but administration had backed out. Same with tourism, same with small business.
Give you another example, we worked with supply companies that supported the mining industry in Yukon NWT, northern BC and Alaska and we had six companies prepared to move to Yukon but again it was killed by administration. 100's of good paying jobs.

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Wilf Carter on Jan 20, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Let's go deeper into the conversation of governance and politicians and what and who we know:
Let's start with liberals:
Ranj is from NS - how much knowledge does he have about governance???
Sandy and I grew up in the same general area in NS and he is a great person who comes from a great family and community in Antigonish. Home of SFXU.
Tracy M is also from NS and a lawyer.
Other liberal MLA's I do not know to comment on them.
Yukon Party members I know them all and they try to do their best given their backgrounds.
NDP I have known Hanson since 1992 when she was a rep for the Federal Government in land claims, which I had some involvement over the years including a second round in 2007 with the first four who settled. She has her approach to doing things in an interesting manner.
The key to it all is engaging people in positive and open way which is not taking place now.

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Wilf Carter on Jan 20, 2020 at 3:34 pm

You know Yukoners for years I have had health issues and just did my job behind the scenes. I had 100's of Yukoners ask me to give suggestions on variety of things which I have done. None of my comments are right or wrong but are based mostly on information I know or other people know the background to and I trust their information.
No government does matter if it conservative, liberal, NDP or Green and has the upper hand on best governance for use.
I know this person Linda Benoit and like myself has worked in the background for many years in politics and knows the landscape better than most politicians that is in politics today.
To be a solid politicians you have to know the landscape or you can't give directions to administration of government for the Yukon people.
I know a lot of the politicians on a personal basis in Conservative, Liberal and NDP parties going back to 1986.
They are trying to do what they think is best but a lot lack experience in governance and should be required to take governance course before they run as a candidate so they can gain knowledge of how to be a politicians.
Number of factors in a good politician is the following:
> Honesty and tell the truth and stop lying to the people!!!
> Listen to the people all the time and do what they want!!!
> Direct the administration not let them direct and tell politicians what to do!!!
> Engage groups to support all the interest of Yukoners not certain groups over others which is going on now!!!
> Manage public money properly and don't go into debt because it kills the peoples future, especially our kids!!!
> Look after the sick - disability, seniors etc first.
Key responsibilities of government are the following:
> Health care, safety of people, education, housing, land development, three levels of infrastructure social, domestic and economic which most politicians don't understand what they are and how they work.
> Don't waste public money on things that are not necessary which there is a lot of it now going on in Yukon and Canada!!!

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Jim on Jan 20, 2020 at 1:57 pm

Yukon politics trying to be like the big boys. Now we have people branding the Yukon party by what Pasloski did or didn’t do, much like the Feds did with Harper. So by that theory, Justin would have never made it into politics period by his father’s track record. Personally I don’t gauge a political party by their past leaders performance. If we did, there wouldn’t be a party left to vote for. And as far as NGOs go damn rights YTG is responsible. They created and funded all these monsters. YTG rains money down like drunks at a nudie bar, using them to avoid being responsible for the outcome. This runs much deeper than our elected puppets. This is ingrained into the departments and their budgets. And yes, the Liberals have to take full blame for turning the Center of Hope (or whatever they call it now) into a full blown flop house and neighbourhood eye sore.

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Lynx on Jan 19, 2020 at 10:20 pm

Hey Cameron, stop being a drama queen. None of the things you listed are a scandal much less a crime. The Many Rivers crap was going on before this government was elected and was the responsibility of it's inept Board, not YG. YG can't be expected to babysit every one of the 500 or so NGOs in this territory. The Shelter "debacle" as you say was set in motion when the previous Yukon Party government decided to build the huge overkill building (with money that was supposed to go toward affordable housing, not the homeless) right downtown where all the establishments for alcohol are located. Yes the Wann road project probably cost more than necessary, but in the grand scheme of things, it's small potatoes.
When it comes to the size of government, the Yukon Party made it grow and grow and grow non-stop. This is why they never had any fights with the union. The Liberals tried to make some moves with Queen's Printer and other places which was good in my opinion, yet the Yukon Party backed the union. Showing either A) they just oppose anything and everything the Liberals do which demonstrates they are not really interested in good government, just gaining power or B) they are no better than the NDP when it comes to being in bed with the unions. So where does this faith in the Yukon Party come from? Unless you are part of the old "Born n Raised" Yukon Party mafia of course. Then it makes total sense.

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Juniper Jackson on Jan 17, 2020 at 1:02 pm

I hope more people throw their hats in the ring..it takes a lot of chutz-pah to go out into the public face. I don't think she has much of a chance, but when, ummm..what's his face..already forgotten, Jonas ran.. NO ONE ran against him. There was no choice. I'm glad when people with all sorts of ideas start running. We have a mess, both federally and locally...We had a mess with Paslowski. I don't think we ever had a Premier that was as disliked as Darryl was.

So, what's the answer? The answer is Parties need to publish clear mandates..not what they are going to give you for free, but what do they stand for? And as many people as possible have to get into the parties and and run for leadership positions. The amazing thing about Kate White, is that while she is NDP, all of the parties, and all of the people that know her, like her, respect her. She is wasted in NDP, but that is where she stands, and she would not abandon them just for power. Yeah..I like Kate too.

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Tom Stevens on Jan 17, 2020 at 12:05 pm

Don't go diving into the talent pool of this gong show..soon to hit bottom...

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Look who is running the country Shaun on Jan 17, 2020 at 8:47 am

Hi Shaun,
Maybe you should get to know all the candidates, along with the current Lieberal crew running the Yukon before you state your demands.
What are their credentials? In fact what are Trudeau Juniors accomplishments and education whilst running a G7 country (into the ground)?
Oh right, budgets will balance themselves as the deficits keep on piling up.

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CameronJ on Jan 17, 2020 at 4:06 am

The liberals have been a disaster- lying, spending money on everything and nothing. There list of crimes is endless; Many Rivers closing, The shelter debacle, the Wann road money pit, the group home scandal - wait that is all just one Minister. Moving on - the Yukon party was not great and were defeated because of their actions while in power. This time around the Yukon Party needs to elect a leader that can promise and deliver what the Liberals said they would do - transparency and responsibility. It is really too bad they can not convince Kate White to change sides. She is too ethical and does not lie and cover up wrongdoing. The Yukon party leader needs take a page from her book and you may be successful. Yukon can not risk another term with the lying Liberals - YG needs a major house cleaning and only a new party in power can do this. Please elect a leader we can get behind.

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Groucho d'North on Jan 16, 2020 at 1:23 pm

9.5 months until the next general election and the political machines are being turned on and hopefully tuned up to inspire the Yukon electorate.
Will the Silver Liberals be a one term wonder?
Will the Conservatives find a new party leader with the right stuff to regain the favour of the voters?
Will the NDP rally enough votes to remain as Third Party participants in the Legislature?
What are the issues weighing heavy on Yukoner's minds this time?
Will change be the rally-cry for the wanna-be parties?
Get ready folks the BS is about to begin.

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Allan Stanley on Jan 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm

BB on Jan 15, 2020 at 8:38 pm
The Yukon Party = The Mining Industry Party


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Shaun on Jan 16, 2020 at 7:24 am

Sorry, looking for
1. University Degree in Business?
2. Significant exec leadership experience in private sector?
3. Minimal exposure to Yukon Party mafia?

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BB on Jan 15, 2020 at 8:38 pm

The Yukon Party = The Mining Industry Party. Remember the Peel fight with Fentie and Pasloski if you want to know who they are serving.
That said, Linda is a good candidate and I applaud her for standing up.

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Henry Wensleydale on Jan 15, 2020 at 11:02 am

She was Jonas Smith's campaign manager.
So will we be seeing her face on the sides of city buses and every time we sign on to the INTERNET ?

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Ginger Johnson on Jan 15, 2020 at 10:59 am


Yet another Pasloski Party apparatchik that thinks she's qualified for the top job.

(Buyer beware!)

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Woodcutter on Jan 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm

@ Yeah No
The conservative's need a progressive young leader... if they were progressive, wouldn't that by nature mean they would belong to a progressive party? Never ever seen a progressive conservative since Brian Mulroney and at that time we learned that it usually means not being fiscally responsible.

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Yeah, no on Jan 14, 2020 at 3:55 pm

Not interested in seeing anyone the from the old guard/midget mafia take the helm. The Conservatives need a young dynamic and progressive leader going forward.

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Bob Folster on Jan 14, 2020 at 3:36 pm


Benoit - Cathers - Dixon you say ?

We got ourselves a Sergio Leone 3 cornered gunfight.

Any of the 3 would be the current Yukon MP if the local mining industry hadn't
try to buy the last federal election for bottom level candidate "Rusty Pasloski"

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BnR on Jan 14, 2020 at 2:57 pm

Jonas Smiths campaign manager you say.....
And Jonas was Pasloskis campaign manager etc...
Man, it's one big family.
The YP needs an enema.

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