Yukon Liberal Party has confirmed new leader

The Yukon Liberal Party has confirmed Ranj Pillai as its new leader. Pillai was acclaimed as leader by the Liberal Party executive at a meeting on January 8th

“I am truly honoured to have this opportunity to be the new party leader. Throughout my upbringing, I was taught the value of public service and have spent the majority of my life serving people. I am committed to working hard, acting strategically, seeking common ground, and fiercely defending the interests of the Yukon. I look forward to serving all Yukoners as we advance the territory in the years ahead.”

Ranj Pillai, Yukon Liberal Party leader

Pillai was elected as the MLA for Porter Creek South in 2016, and served as the Deputy Premier, Minister of Economic Development, Energy, Mines and Resources, Tourism and Culture as well as Yukon’s Housing Corporation, Energy Corporation and the Development Corporation.  Prior to that he was a Whitehorse City Councillor and has held various roles with First Nations Development Corporations and several junior mining companies.

“Ranj is exactly what the Yukon needs at this time, a strong leader dedicated to building a positive future for all Yukoners. He has been an integral member of our cabinet team and has shown tremendous determination to achieve the mandate Yukoners gave him. Ranj has the experience, expertise, and compassion necessary for the job. I am confident in his ability and excited for what his leadership will bring to the Territory.”

Sandy Silver, outgoing Yukon Liberal Party leader

Ranj Pillai will replace Sandy Silver, current Premier and Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Klondike. Silver served as leader since 2012 and led the party to victory in two elections. 

“The Yukon Liberal Party is excited to confirm Ranj Pillai as its new leader. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. He has accomplished so much as a minister in this government and will carry that energy into his role as the Yukon’s next Premier.

We are very thankful for Sandy Silver and all that he has accomplished as leader. As Premier, he has brought in responsible financial management, an aggressive pandemic response plan that led the nation and government services that meet the needs of Yukoners. He has made a very positive impact on this Territory, and we appreciate all he has done.”

Yukon Liberal Spokesperson Paolo Gallina

Yukon Liberal Party members are invited to meet with the new leader at the upcoming annual general meeting and policy convention on January 28 at the MacBride Museum. For further details and to become a member, visit www.ylp.ca.