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Victor Kisoun

Local man pursues NDP nomination

A fourth candidate has entered the race to represent the Yukon in Ottawa.

By Christopher Reynolds on December 18, 2014

A fourth candidate has entered the race to represent the Yukon in Ottawa.

Victor Kisoun announced his candidacy for the federal NDP nomination on Wednesday.

He is the first and, so far, only Yukon contender to declare his intentions to take the national stage for the New Democrats.

A nomination meeting date will be set in the new year to vote on who will run as the party’s candidate for the MP’s office in the 2015 federal election.

Kisoun, a 33-year-old Whitehorse resident, defines himself as a “young cultural performer and community organizer,” according to an NDP electoral district association release.

He grew up in the North, moved south to pursue a career in film and television, and returned to the Yukon to work in the communities “while spending time with elders on the land collecting traditional knowledge and legends of the Kaska Dena people.

“My hope is that I am able to engage Yukoners from all walks of life and backgrounds —and especially to inspire the young generation who have been reluctant to engage in the political system,” said Kisoun, who is of Kaska Dena, Vuntut Gwitchin and Inuvialuit heritage.

“I want to be able to help them find their voice and flex their political muscle and exercise their responsibility to vote and to become a part of the democratic process. If we can mobilize this generation in the next election, together we can move mountains.”

Kisoun served as vice-chair of the Kaska Dena Council, focusing on resource negotiations and aboriginal rights and title.

He has helped create and direct youth land-based cultural camps, according to the release. Kisoun has also managed a tourism company, taught at the Yukon College, and appeared in and produced documentary films.

“Victor is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time on the land hunting, fishing and exploring northern Canada,” the release states.

“He also loves to cook, long walks in the bush and would be the first to admit he doesn’t mind the odd romantic comedy.”

Kisoun, if he wins the nomination, would face an uphill battle against incumbent Conservative MP Ryan Leef as well as Larry Bagnell, the decade-long MP and current Liberal candidate.

Frank de Jong, a teacher in Faro who once led the Green Party of Ontario, hopes to run under that party’s Yukon banner next year and is currently seeking the nomination.

The federal election is slated to occur on or before Oct. 19, 2015.

Comments (5)

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Wish him luck on Dec 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

The leader of the local NDP and federal leader have destroyed any chance of an NDP winning the Yukon. Why waste your time and money. NDP have no direction on the economy other than to spend more than we can afford. The Federal leader stated he is not going to bring back the gun registry but going to bring in gun controls. To have control you have to have a registry. Yukoner's a vote for the NDP is a vote for gun controls and another 42 billion dollars to set it up. The only way that the gun control might work in the Yukon is if the 600 jobs that go with it are based in Whitehorse. So new NDP candidate if you can put the 600 jobs in the Yukon maybe you might win.

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north_of_60 on Dec 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

A holiday gift for the CPC to guarantee vote splitting. The NDP are their own worst enemies. Are the Greenies next?

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Snowcanoe on Dec 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Am very pleased to see a new face with (hopefully) fresh ideas joining the race. Was worried that my voting choices would be for two declared candidates ... which be like choosing between "stale" or "mouldy".

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June Jackson on Dec 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Really, his battle is just against Larry. I believe it might be a long, long time before the Conservative party see's the light of day again.

That being said.. anyone know what the NDP party platform is? All Liz can do is play in the dirt looking for some to throw at other parties. This gentleman Mr. Kisoun likes to hunt, fish work with youngsters. That is nice. Mr. Mulcair says he'll release a platform sooner or later. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/09/07/mulcair_to_release_ndp_platform_a_full_year_before_federal_election.html

I want to know what direction the parties want to take at lease 2 days before the election. (Touch of sarcasm for those Sheldon's that don't recognize it.)

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Wolfe on Dec 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Well that should do it. Split the vote between the NDP/Liberals and Mr. Leef is back in.
It will be interesting to see the true Larry supporters now that Mr. Kisoun is in the hunt.

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