Dan Lang is headed for the Senate

Dan Lang will be the third person to represent the Yukon in Canada’s Red Chamber. The longtime Conservative and Yukon Party politician has…

Dan Lang will be the third person to represent the Yukon in Canada’s Red Chamber.

The longtime Conservative and Yukon Party politician has been appointed Senator by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Lang brings two decades of experience as an MLA for Porter Creek where he held many ministerial positions.

And his twin brother, Archie, is currently the minister for Highways and Public Works and Community Services.

Dan currently works with Re/Max Action Realty.

He will sit as a Conservative senator, but pledged to work across party lines with other senators and the Yukon’s member of Parliament, Larry Bagnell.

The appointment of 18 senators is unprecedented in Canada, and comes even as Harper lacks the confidence of opposition parties in the House Of Commons.

The Yukon’s Senate seat has been vacant for two years as Harper tried to reach consensus on amending certain terms  in the job, including the length of the appointments.

But with the rise of the Liberal-NDP coalition, Harper reneged on one of the principles that once helped define the precursor of the Conservative Party of Canada, the Reform Party.

Senators receive an annual salary of $134,000 and serve until the age of 75.

Contact James Munson at jamesm@yukon-news.com.

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