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Amanda Brown

Liberal candidate acclaimed in Watson Lake

The Yukon Liberal Party has acclaimed Amanda Brown as its candidate in Watson Lake for the coming election.

By Whitehorse Star on February 23, 2021

The Yukon Liberal Party has acclaimed Amanda Brown as its candidate in Watson Lake for the coming election.

Brown’s candidacy was finalized last Thursday.

The riding is held by the Yukon Party’s Patti McLeod, who will seek re-election.

Brown is a councillor with the Liard First Nation and a health advocate.

“She is proud to serve her community and is a strong advocate for health care equality and accessibility for all,” the Liberal party said Monday.

“Throughout this pandemic, her experience has given her the understanding of what it means to support community, in her home and on the territorial level.”

Brown, born and raised in Watson Lake, said she respects and acknowledges the traditional territories of the Kaska peoples.

She said she is committed to working with the entire community to help Watson Lake to “Jānī gūtsʼį̄h gūtīe dēhdél” (go forward in a good way!).

“It is an honour and a privilege to run in the territorial election to bring light to all the great work my home community and surrounding areas have done over the past year,” Brown said.

“We have created strong relationships and healed our community as best we can as new neadership.

“I look forward to continuing to work hard for my people, for my community, and for all those who access resources in Watson Lake,” Brown added.

“I am very happy to have Amanda on the Liberal team,” said Premier and party leader Sandy Silver.

“She is extremely dedicated to the community of Watson Lake and has shown that through her work and her volunteer position. She is a great addition to the Yukon Liberal Party, and I know she will be a powerful voice for the people of Watson Lake.”

Comments (20)

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Anton on Feb 28, 2021 at 4:18 am

@John re your post Feb 24th : Was the Mla (individual one) completely exonerated in that sordid and heinous affair over the missing $5000? Do we still have an unsub or has this matter been extinguished?

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Terri Szabo on Feb 27, 2021 at 4:11 pm

@ my opinion

What is your nation? Your comment, "so when people from a First Nation (also politically connected in that nation) run and get elected in my nation, how do they vote on issues that affect me? Is there a conflict of interest?

This is a racist comment! What is your nation? I think you need to be educated on the history of Canada. You have also used the word effect in the wrong context; it should affect so you do need further schooling. Ignorance is bliss. I live in Watson Lake, and you are welcome to visit whenever you have time. I have all the time in the world to educate you.

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Not in Watson on Feb 26, 2021 at 5:33 pm

Hey My Opinion - why did you move to Watson Lake or the Yukon? Were you not aware or notified there is cultural diversity here? Pray tell what is your Nation. Please, I as a long time Yukoner am really interested in knowing where your Nation sits. Is it on the traditional territory of the Liard First Nation?

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Duck, duck, silly goose! on Feb 25, 2021 at 8:57 pm

Yah, sorry Woodcutter but I gotta go with the science on this... Liberalism is a disease with psychopathological manifestation at the individual and societal level. All of these years Liberals have been framing conservatives as the ‘crazies’ when it has been the Liberals themselves all along:

“Turns out liberals are the real authoritarians. A political-science journal that published an oft-cited study claiming conservatives were more likely to show traits associated with “psychoticism” now says it got it wrong. Very wrong.
The American Journal of Political Science published a correction this year saying that the 2012 paper has “an error” — and that liberal political beliefs, not conservative ones, are actually linked to psychoticism.”

One the main symptoms of psychosis is delusion. It absolutely fits. Another feature of psychosis is a loss of contact with reality. Yep, that is Liberalism for sure - If it walks like a psychotic duck and quacks like a psychotic duck it is...

You can link to the research through the attached article:


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Chuck Farley on Feb 25, 2021 at 8:10 am

Liberalism is Disorder what are you smoking? I'd like some of that and by the way conservatism is not a remedy for social ills.

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woodcutter on Feb 24, 2021 at 3:26 pm

Liberalism - blah blah blah, Fentie was everything like a great politician he was. I seen the NDP folks mobilize his first election win as an NDP. He then flipped to the Yukon party when he saw the winds of politics change.

The rest of your post is just junk.

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Liberalism is Disorder! on Feb 24, 2021 at 2:31 pm

@ Woodcutter - Nice use of carefully crafted bias. Where do you get your statistics from? Fentie was a Liberal when he was into drugs. He got his life back on track through conservatism - The party of personal responsibility.
First you link Conservatism and crime, drugs, etc., and then suggest that it is not related to who is elected into office. Are you being ‘blunt’ with us right now because I’m trying to ‘wrap’ my head around this obviously drug induced musing.

Was the point of your post to contradict yourself and further discredit yourself by failing to offer any evidence to support your position? Can you cite your statistical sources please - It sounds like hokum!
We know however that Liberalism is a disease. There is a lot of good research evidence on that - Go figure.

“Temporal analysis showed that the relationship between mental illness, happiness, and political ideology has existed in the GSS data since the 1970s and still existed in the 2010s. Within-study meta-analysis of all the results found that extreme liberals had a 150% increased rate of mental illness compared to moderates. The finding of increased mental illness among left-wingers is congruent with numerous findings based on related constructs, such as positive relationships between conservatism, religiousness and health in general.”

Mental illness and the left
February 2020
Project: Political psychology
Emil O. W. Kirkegaard at Ulster Institute for Social Research
Emil O. W. Kirkegaard
Ulster Institute for Social Research


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woodcutter on Feb 24, 2021 at 1:55 pm

Moose your comments about the Canadian with Filipino roots is a classic cheap shot by the right that is a common characteristic. You think that she would only care for folks from her own country, is to say if I was elected I would only represent German Woodcutters.

That was unexpected is also playing the race bating card.
Good for you both. You're the classic example that the conservative movement needs to expel from its ranks if it ever wants to win another election. Disgusting

Be prepared folks, we don't want to vote xenophobes into control, we want people who are not fearful of change in order to move forward.

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Get outta here Moose on Feb 24, 2021 at 1:08 pm

Your comment is invalid. Simply because you have always been a Liberal troll. Or staffer. 6 to one...

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John on Feb 24, 2021 at 11:55 am

I think she would be a great rep for Watson. She would bring some new energy and youth into the picture. Right now you have sleepy Patti who seems to be more than ready for retirement. Not to mention she only ever has negative things to say and I think if she ever attempted to smile, her face would break. To be honest, when her good friend the previous mayor in Watson Lake was charged and had to step down, I figured Patti would probably decide to leave public office as well. I guess Currie couldn't find any other candidate to run.

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Woodcutter on Feb 24, 2021 at 6:36 am

It's funny for a community that has strong conservative roots, that the inter generational drug problem is the liberals fault. Premier Fentie a long time conservative, and in my opinion one of the best, had his own history with drugs. I also find it weird that regions with long track records of conservative governments also have the most unemployment, crime and addictions.

I've lived and worked in Watson Lake and I may not know everything about folks there, but I know enough that the addictions issues there has nothing to do with who's elected.

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Moose on Feb 23, 2021 at 7:59 pm

@My Opinion- Yes I agree with your point. I live in Porter Creek and have the same concern with the Yukon Party candidate here Yvonne Clarke. She will likely be all about Filipino issues only. I want someone who will advocate for eveyone regardless of background. Given my options I will be sticking with Paolo Gallina this time.

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Josey Wales on Feb 23, 2021 at 6:23 pm

Great more in the big race, to allegedly select important people to LORD over us.
Is she sponsored by Sharpie?

/fəˈsäd/...an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality.

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That was unexpected! on Feb 23, 2021 at 5:32 pm

Way to go! Knowing how hard it is for FN's to go forward this is a great step. It'll be tough to know if you're LFN or LP or representing Watson Lake. But it doesn't matter. As a FN the gov has made it clear that one vote for you should be 1.15 of a vote. You can't get ahead without being given a leg up. We should encourage this.

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Loralee Kesler on Feb 23, 2021 at 4:22 pm

Congratulations on your nomination Amanda, wish you all the best.

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woodcutter on Feb 23, 2021 at 3:41 pm

All this complaining about drugs in the town of Watson Lake and blaming the liberals...this is so funny.

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Mike on Feb 23, 2021 at 3:41 pm

Let's set the record straight Amanda is not Kaska she is Tehltan. As a Councilor for LFN she has accomplished nothing as far as service work goes. She maintained her employment at the hospital while drawing the second highest wage awarded to councilors in Canada.
Nothing against her in person but not into story telling.

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-- great work! on Feb 23, 2021 at 3:07 pm

Great to see more locals getting involved!

I'll vote for Patti. She's doing great and we've seen how poorly the Lieberals are doing. The Yukon Party has strong roots in Watson. Drugs and alcohol are still a major concern and the Liberals have allowed junk into Canada and haven't done a thing about fentanyl deaths. At least conservatives are pointing it out. Lieberals just hid during the entire covid issue and passed laws with the "state of emergency." They don't care about the people, they'll just buy the votes. Watch for the spending trains!

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Rolf on Feb 23, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Congratulations Amanda given your background of hard work and willingness to accept responsibility I see you serving the constituents of Watson Lake very well in a modern world.

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My Opinion on Feb 23, 2021 at 2:40 pm

So when people from a First Nation, (also politically connected in that Nation) run and get elected in my Nation, how do they vote on issues that effect me? Is there a conflict of interest?

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