Yukon Party MLA for Lake Laberge
MLA for Lake Laberge
Yukon Party Leadership Candidate
December 5, 2019
Brad Cathers Announces Campaign for Leadership of the Yukon Party
WHITEHORSE – Brad Cathers, MLA for Lake Laberge, announced today that he is running for the leadership of the Yukon Party.
“The Yukon needs a leader who listens to Yukoners, works hard for them, and delivers results,” said Cathers. “My vision for the Yukon reflects the priorities I have heard from people across the territory. Yukoners value a strong diversified economy, the peace and beauty of the wilderness, quality health care, a good education system, an effective social safety net, and infrastructure that meets the needs of our homes and communities.”
First elected in 2002, he has been re-elected three times, gaining the support of more voters in every election in the last ten years. In 2016, he received the fourth highest number of votes of any candidate in the entire Yukon – and the most for any Yukon Party candidate.
“My track record of success is due to listening to Yukoners, and working with public servants to turn goals in to actions,” noted Cathers. “If elected as your Leader, we will build our election platform with grassroots input from people across the Yukon, and focus on winning public confidence to form a Yukon Party majority government.”
“A government under my leadership will work with First Nations, municipalities, local advisory councils, and the federal government to ensure that the Yukon’s future is bright,” stated Cathers. “We will be a caring, fiscally conservative government that respects the rights and freedoms of every Yukon citizen.”
Brad’s family moved to the Yukon when he was two years old, and to the wilderness on the east side of Lake Laberge when he was six. His family home at Lake Laberge has no road access, and he grew up with a wilderness lifestyle including hauling water by hand in buckets from a creek, cutting firewood, hiking, canoeing, boating, and dog mushing.
Before being elected MLA and for a few years after, Brad worked in the private sector and was part-owner of a wilderness tourism business. His experience in government includes serving in Cabinet for 8 ½ years. He has served as Minister of Health and Social Services; Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources; Minister of Community Services; Minister of Justice; Minister for Yukon Development Corporation; Minister for Yukon Energy Corporation; Minister for Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board; Minister for Yukon Liquor Corporation and Yukon Lottery Commission, and as Government House Leader. He is 42 years old, and lives in the Lake Laberge area.
Brad’s Leadership Campaign Announcements
On this beautiful Spring day, I want to take a moment to talk about why I am running to be the Leader of the Yukon Party – and the next Premier of the Yukon.
Brad and his horse
Brad announcing the purchase of two new state-of-the-art ambulances for the Yukon
Brad in the Yukon Legislative Assembly – Highlights
Brad speaking in the Legislative Assembly about private property rights, firearms ownership, and RCMP resources during debate on this motion: “THAT it is the opinion of this House that licensed firearms owners should not be subjected to forced confiscation of their lawfully acquired personal private property without just cause.”