Former city councillor Ranj Pillai seeks Liberal nomination in Porter Creek South

Former Whitehorse city councillor Ranj Pillai has announced he is seeking the Liberal nomination in Porter Creek South during the upcoming territorial election.

Former Whitehorse city councillor Ranj Pillai has announced he is seeking the Liberal nomination in Porter Creek South during the upcoming territorial election.

“My time on city council was an incredibly fulfilling experience, and it is with that same work ethic and dedication that I wish to move forward and to represent the people of Porter Creek South,” he said during an announcement on Thursday.

Pillai made his announcement near the contentious Porter Creek D site. The possible development of that area was the subject of heavy debate during his time on city council. The plans were eventually shelved after residents voiced their opposition to construction around McIntyre Creek.

Back in 2011, Pillai was among the councillors who voted against the development of the site.

“I rallied with the community members to delay and refocus plans for the area,” he said. “During the time, I experienced first-hand the sense of community and values that the citizens of this riding stood for.”

During his stint as councillor, Pillai also helped bring Hockey Day in Canada to Whitehorse in 2011.

But Pillai announced he was leaving city politics ahead of the 2012 municipal election, saying he needed to spend more time with his two young sons.

Now, he says things have changed.

“I think they’re at the right age now,” he said. “At this point, they’re excited.”

Pillai has been involved with the Yukon Liberals since 2004, and was the party’s president in 2007, 2008 and 2015.

Since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected last fall, he said, he’s sensed new excitement about the Liberals across the country.

“There’s certainly a sense of hope around how the country’s changing and I hope that that resonates here in the territory.”

Pillai is currently the executive director for the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, but will not be involved in any intergovernmental work during his campaign.

He has previously held senior roles with Northern Vision Development and Yukon College.

He has also been a director of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon, the Youth of Today Society and the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.

Pillai lives in the Mountainview riding, not in Porter Creek South. He said he chose not to run in his home riding because former city councillor Mike Gladish is already seeking the Liberal nomination there, and the nomination will likely be contested.

“That field’s about to become much more filled,” he explained.

Pillai said his older son attends Porter Creek Secondary School, and he’s been a volunteer coach there for the last 15 years.

But Porter Creek South is also contested. Pillai will be up against Russ Hobbis, another Liberal contender who announced his campaign back in January.

“I’m weeks behind,” Pillai said. “I have a lot of work to do. I have a lot of doors to knock on and I have a lot of listening to do.”

Porter Creek South is currently held by Health Minister Mike Nixon, who narrowly beat out Liberal candidate Don Inverarity in 2011.

Contact Maura Forrest at

maura.forrest@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Yukon MLAs consider a bigger payday

New bill proposes salary increase for some members of the legislative assembly

Curtis campaigns for third term

Collaboration is key, he says

Commentary: Consider the city’s bears when going to mark your ballot

Those in the municipal election should commit to developing a human-bear conflict management plan

Yukon justice minister tables new Coroners Act

The current act was created in 1958 and has only received a handful of updates since then

One family, three on the waitlist at Golden Horn school

They have been waiting for spaces to open since May

Commentary: Celebrating Hanksgiving

Instead of a cornucopia centrepiece filled with autumn foods and flora, we use the Wilson volleyball

U Kon Echelon holds weekend mountain bike racing camp in Whitehorse

“It’s incredible the changes I’m seeing from when we started in September to now”

Liberals to scope out ‘efficiencies’ in departments

The premier was asked about ostensible reductions to department budgets at question period

You and your new car warranty

There are some things that may put your new vehicle or extended warranty at risk

Whitecaps, TSE partner for new youth soccer academy centre program

“They’re building on that relationship”

History Hunter: A tribute to the Palace Grand Theatre

It was the best designed and most pretentious of all the theatres in Dawson City

Most Read