Head of legal aid Nils Clarks seeks Liberal nomination in Riverdale North

Nils Clarke, the executive director of the Yukon Legal Services Society, is seeking the Liberal nomination in Riverdale North in the upcoming territorial election.

Nils Clarke, the executive director of the Yukon Legal Services Society, is seeking the Liberal nomination in Riverdale North in the upcoming territorial election.

“If elected, I commit to being a hardworking, thoughtful steward of the public purse who will work every day to maintain the trust that has been provided to me,” Clarke said Friday morning.

He announced his bid in the backyard of his Riverdale home.

Clarke said his decision to enter politics was “a no-brainer,” given his involvement in the community.

Clarke and his wife have lived in Riverdale for 24 years. He has served on the board of the Teen Parent Access to Education Society for more than 20 years, as well as the boards of the MacBride Museum and the Yukon Literacy Coalition, formerly Yukon Learn.

He is also a member of Whitehorse Elementary School Council, and has coached his two sons’ hockey and soccer teams. For 22 years, he’s worked as a legal-aid lawyer.

“I remain strongly committed … to work tirelessly, creatively and innovatively in improving all social outcomes for First Nations children and adults across the territory,” Clarke said.

“I’ve always been committed to social justice, and over the years, I’ve represented thousands of people across the territory, so I’m certainly familiar with positive determinants of health and programs that work and programs that are less likely to succeed.”

Clarke said he believes the current Yukon Party government is “a little long in the tooth and tired.”

He criticized the government’s turnover in deputy ministers and assistant deputy ministers over the last few years.

“Hundreds of thousands of dollars in severance have become a few million dollars in quick order,” Clarke said.

That money could have been directed to children-at-risk programs, or non-profit organizations such as Bringing Youth Towards Equality, Challenge Disability Resource Group or the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Society Yukon, he said.

Clarke said he is also interested in exploring renewable energy such as micro hydro, geothermal and solar as alternatives to the territory relying on fossil fuels from Outside.

“I think that that could be turned into a significant Yukon economic development opportunity.”

Clarke has been a member of the Liberal Party since 1984.

“In my view, (Liberal Leader) Sandy (Silver) has put together a great, talented and diverse team, which I look forward to joining soon,” he said. “We have much work to do, but I’m confident that I’m up for the challenge.”

Riverdale North is currently held by Yukon Party MLA Scott Kent, who has said he is moving away from Riverdale and will be seeking re-election in Copperbelt South.

So far, Clarke is the only person seeking the Liberal nomination in the riding. Mark Beese is the Yukon Party’s candidate and Rod Snow is running for the NDP.

Contact Rhiannon Russell at

rhiannon.russell@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

City of Whitehorse tells taxi passengers who feel unsafe to not travel alone

Suggestion criticized by advocates for placing burden of safety on passengers, not taxi companies

Whitehorse’s new emergency room slated to open in early January

40,000-square-foot building will be more efficient, officials say

Judge finds Whitehorse man not guilty of raping teen in 2015 after second trial

Judge Raymond Wyant found Jackie James Kodwat not guilty of sexual assault.

Whitehorse’s sidewalks are a deathtrap

In the interest of safety and simplicity, the city should just plow the sidewalks

Police, coroner investigating suspicious death in Pelly Crossing

Investigators have ordered an autopsy, which will take place in Vancouver Dec. 18

Two Yukon projects shortlisted for the Arctic Inspiration Prize

Projects from Whitehorse, Carcross up for cash

Lower Post, B.C., man suing Yukon RCMP over assault allegation

Suit alleges man ended up with ‘ended up with bruising on his arms, biceps and chest’

Yukon needs a better plan for long-term care

The government can find solutions if it has the will. Does it have the will?

Hard travel over the Yukon’s winter trails

The overland trip to Dawson City today is a cakewalk compared to a century ago

Globalization infiltrates the Yukon’s recycling bins

You’re going to have to do a better job sorting your junk or else China won’t take it

Driving during the holidays

It’s hectic on the roads at Christmastime

Whitehorse council chambers needs new audio-visual equipment

‘More than 10 people’ watch city’s televised meetings

Most Read