Hanson to step down as Yukon NDP leader upon appointment of her successor

Yukon NDP Leader Liz Hanson announced today that she will be stepping down as Leader of the Yukon NDP.

She will continue to serve as leader until her successor is appointed following a leadership election. Hanson also plans to continue representing the constituents of Whitehorse-Centre as their MLA.

“It's time for the Yukon NDP to elect a new leader, one who will bring a new energy to our work ahead of the next election,” said Hanson. “Many Yukoners are disappointed in the Liberal government. They thought they were voting for change, instead they got lots of talk but no action. With a new leader the Yukon NDP is poised to restore hope to Yukoners who want to move beyond the status quo, to act on many opportunities ahead for Yukon.

“I'm proud of the work we have done since I was first being elected in December 2010. We continue to work hard to hold the government to account during this legislative sitting and to make sure Yukoner’s voices are heard.”

“Now is the time to start proposing a clear and positive political alternative for  Yukoners: a Leadership race is a great opportunity to talk about the kind of government Yukoners want.”

The Yukon NDP Board will establish the rules and timeline for a leadership race over the coming weeks. Details on the upcoming leadership election will be publicized by party officials as they become available.