Yukon Premier Sandy Silver not seeking re-election


Yukon Premier Sandy Silver said he would not seek another term as Klondike MLA and called on the Yukon Liberal Party to initiate a process to choose a new leader.

Silver says he will continue to serve in the Legislative Assembly until the end of his term, with the next election not scheduled until November 2025.

He says in social media posts that he will be prime minister until the new leader is chosen.

Silver signed a confidence and supply agreement with the New Democrats after his Liberal party failed to win a majority government in territorial elections in April last year.

It came after Liberal incumbent Pauline Frost tied in the riding of Vuntut Gwitchin with the NDP candidate.

A judge then declared NDP candidate Annie Blake the winner after drawing lots to break the tie.

Silver was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in October 2011 and has served as party leader since August 2012.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 9, 2022.