Hanson wins nomination

NDP Leader Elizabeth Hanson was nominated as the party's candidate for Whitehorse Centre on Monday evening.

NDP Leader Elizabeth Hanson was nominated as the party’s candidate for Whitehorse Centre on Monday evening.

Hanson was acclaimed in the vacant riding, left empty by the death of Todd Hardy, the party’s former leader, who succumbed to cancer in July.

Addressing a crowd of more than 50 party faithful in the Frank Slim building, Hanson promised to end the “divisive arguments” practised by both the ruling Yukon Party and the Liberal Opposition.

She described Premier Dennis Fentie’s government as “arrogant,” questioned the wisdom of the government’s plans to build new hospitals in Watson Lake and Dawson City, and called for a prompt byelection in her riding.

Premier Dennis Fentie has until January 21 to call a byelection. So far he’s given no hint when he plans to do so.

Last week, the Liberals nominated Kirk Cameron as their Whitehorse Centre candidate. The Yukon Party has remained mum about whom they plan to run in the riding.