Conservatives, NDP to pick candidates

Yukon's Conservative party members will pick their candidate for the upcoming federal election on Saturday. So far, two men have expressed interest in the nomination.

Yukon’s Conservative party members will pick their candidate for the upcoming federal election on Saturday.

So far, two men have expressed interest in the nomination.

One is Ryan Leef, assistant superintendent of the Whitehorse Correctional Centre, who is better known in the territory as a long-distance runner who recently decided to become a mixed-martial-arts cage fighter.

The other is Gerrard Fleming, a salesman for Northwestel. He’s chair of the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Whitehorse Rotary Club.

The wildcard will be whether Darrell Pasloski, a Whitehorse pharmacist who ran for the Conservatives in the last federal election, will throw in his hat.

The NDP must also select their candidate for the territory. The riding association met Wednesday evening to discuss the upcoming election, and plans to choose a candidate in the “near future,” said Brian Eaton, president of the riding association.

Yukon’s Liberal MP, Larry Bagnell, and Yukon Green Party candidate John Streicker will both stand in the election.