The current legislature

In the last territorial election, on Oct. 11, 2011, the Yukon Party was elected to its third straight majority with 11 seats (it currently holds 12 seats after Darius Elias, a former Yukon Liberal and Independent crossed the floor to join the Yukon Party on July 8, 2013). The Yukon New Democratic Party achieved Official Opposition status with six seats. The Yukon Liberals occupy one seat. Six women were elected to the 19-seat legislature, representing 31.6 per cent of the seats, the highest percentage in Yukon history. Qu├ębec and British Columbia both reached similar percentages with 32 per cent female representation but BC recently surged ahead with 35.3 per cent after its provincial election of May 14, 2013.

Two out of the 11 members of the ruling Yukon Party are women, as are four out of the six members of the NDP.

Below you will discover the stories of the women of the legislature: what inspires them, the challenges they face, their achievements and their experiences.

Liz Hanson, Leader of the NDP, MLA, Whitehorse Center

Liz Hanson, Leader of the NDP, MLA, Whitehorse Center

Patti McLeod, Yukon Party MLA, Watson Lake

Patti McLeod, Yukon Party MLA, Watson Lake

Lois Moorcroft, NDP MLA, Copperbelt South

Lois Moorcroft, NDP MLA, Copperbelt South

A portrait of Jan Stick, the NDP MLA for Riverdale South

Jan Stick, NDP MLA, Riverdale South

Minister Elaine Taylor, Yukon Party MLA, Whitehorse West

Minister Elaine Taylor, Yukon Party MLA, Whitehorse West

Kate White, NDP MLA, Takhini-Kopper King

Kate White, NDP MLA, Takhini-Kopper King

 

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