Archie Lang won’t seek re-election this autumn.
The minister for Community Services and Public Works has played an integral role in the Yukon Party’s two-term reign. Having grown up in Watson Lake, he became a close associate of former-Premier Dennis Fentie, who is MLA for the town.
Lang didn’t spell out his reasons for departing from territorial politics in his release, issued Wednesday afternoon. Nor did he say what his future plans would be.
He thanked his constituents in Porter Creek Centre, government officials who worked under him, and his Yukon Party colleagues, “who turned our vision for the territory into reality.
“Yukoners are now living the legacy of accomplishment,” he said.
Lang supported the failed leadership bid of Rod Taylor. But he wished success for the Yukon Party’s new leader, Darrell Pasloski, and his elected colleagues who plan to seek a third term.
Lang is the fifth government politician to decline running in the next territorial election, which must be triggered by October.
The others are Fentie, Environment Minister John Edzerza, Speaker Ted Staffen and Patrick Rouble, minister of Education and Energy, Mines and Resources.
Lang is the brother of Daniel Lang, Yukon’s senator.