Liberals staff cabinet office

The new Liberal government has filled several major positions in its cabinet office.

The new Liberal government has filled several major positions in its cabinet office.

David Morrison became chief of staff when the Liberals were sworn in on Saturday.

Morrison was CEO and president of the Yukon Energy Corporation from 2003 to 2014, and acted as Liberal policy chair during the election campaign.

Mathieya Alatini has been hired as the director of strategic innovation. Sunny Patch, the Liberals’ new director of communications, said Alatini will be working on resource development, First Nations relations and environmental issues.

Alatini ran for the Liberals in the Kluane riding, but lost to Yukon Party incumbent Wade Istchenko. She is the former chief of the Kluane First Nation.

Jason Cunning, former principal secretary for the Liberals, has been named director of research and planning.

Liberal campaign chair Laura Cabott and Janet Moodie, chair of the Yukon Housing Corporation board of directors and former interim president of Yukon College, are on the Liberals’ transition team. Patch said she doesn’t know if they’ll stay on once the transition is complete.

Monica Nordling, who worked for the Liberals when they were the third party, has been kept on “to work with the boards and committees,” Patch said.

The Liberals are still in the process of hiring administrative staff.

But Patch said the major cabinet office positions are now filled. Former deputy minister of education Val Royle, who was involved with the Liberal election campaign, is not working for the cabinet.

“That’s what we’re going to start with, and if there’s a need for additional expertise or skills, then we’ll address that at that time,” Patch said.

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