The Star has obtained a new opinion poll showing the governing Yukon Liberals in last place while the NDP leads the pack in a tightly-jammed race.
The results have the NDP leading in the polls with 33 per cent support, while the Yukon Party is second with 32 per cent, and the Liberals trailing at 31 per cent.
The poll, commissioned by one of the territory’s political parties, was conducted by the Léger firm.
A total of 600 interviews were conducted in the Yukon during the first week of February.
The numbers show the Liberal party has gone from 47 per cent support to last with 31 per cent.
The analysis of the poll says the party has lost nearly a third of its support from the November 2016 election.
The NDP has gone from 11 per cent to first with 33 per cent, the polling data suggest.
The Yukon Party has dipped from 36 per cent to 32 per cent.
The poll indicates 14 per cent of people are undecided.
It’s unknown as to when or if the party that commissioned the poll had planned to make it public.
“Kate White has been building an inspiring team of candidates and the response from Yukoners has been great,” said Robin Steudel, the NDP’s campaign co-director.
“More people than ever before are donating and signing up to volunteer, and we’re ready for a great campaign.
“Yukoners are looking for leadership on the housing crisis, making the economy work for everyone and tackling climate change,” Steudel added.
“Kate White is a strong, principled leader with new ideas, and it’s great to see people’s enthusiasm.
“That said, the most important poll is the one on election day, and we’re looking forward to that, whenever the election is called.”
“The poll that matters most is the one on election day,” said Tim Kucharuk, the press secretary for the Yukon Party.
“For now, we are going to continue to reach out to Yukoners so we can put forward a plan that reflects their vision of the territory.
“That said, we are not surprised to hear that the Liberals have fallen to last place, as their inability to get things done has become a defining trademark of their government,” Kucharuk added.
“In the nearly five years of government, it has become clear that the Liberals may have been good at making promises, but not so good at delivering on them.”
“We don’t comment on polls, especially those commissioned by political parties,” the Liberal caucus told the Star.
“Yukon is in a good position – the economy is strong, the unemployment rate is the lowest in Canada and the vaccine rollout has the territory well on track for population immunity in the coming weeks.
“We are proud of the work the Yukon Liberal government has accomplished over the last four years, and look forward to them continuing to serve all Yukoners,” the caucus said.
Léger is a large Canadian-owned polling and market research firm headquartered in Montreal, with offices across the country.
In the Nov. 7, 2016 election, the Liberals won 39 per cent of the vote, the Yukon Party 33 per cent and the New Democrats 26 per cent.
Premier Sandy Silver is not commenting on the timing of the next election, which must be called by November.