Marian Horne feels ambushed

On Friday, Stacey Hassard announced he was challenging the Pelly-Nisutlin MLA for the Yukon Party nomination. "I'd heard rumours that he was going to challenge me, so I asked him," said Horne.

On Friday, Stacey Hassard announced he was challenging the Pelly-Nisutlin MLA for the Yukon Party nomination.

“I’d heard rumours that he was going to challenge me, so I asked him,” said Horne.

“Hassard said, ‘How many ways can I say no?’” she said.

Then, the next day, he announced he was running.

Hassard lied about it, said Horne.

“And my constituency association ambushed me,” she said.

Now, Horne is worried.

The Hassard family has a lot of influence and they hire a lot of people here, she said.

“I think people should choose carefully when they vote for their candidate on Friday,” said Horne.

“I have a proven track record, I’m not just looking for something to do.”

When Horne asked Hassard why he was challenging her, he said,

“Because I have time on my hands,” she said.

Since being elected, Horne has spent long hours on the road.

“It’s seven and a half hours from Teslin to Ross River,” she said.

“It’s a huge riding, but I get out there and I get calls from constituents almost daily.”

While she addresses local issues, Horne also sees the bigger picture, she said.

“I have done a lot of work for Yukoners on the Justice front and for women and seniors.”

Horne also drew national attention to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, she said.

“I even brought the minister up here and now it is getting national attention, because it is a problem right across Canada.”

Despite the long drives and the workload, Horne wants to stay in politics.

“I want to continue to improve the quality of life for Yukoners,” she said.

Also, 25 per cent of the Yukon’s population is First Nation, she added.

“So with 19 members (of the legislative assembly), four or five of them should be First Nation.

“And we’re not meeting that commitment.”

With one day left before the Yukon Party votes on its Pelly-Nisutlin candidate, Horne should be out canvassing.

“But I promised a senior I would drive them to a memorial in Whitehorse,” she said.

“So that’s a priority for me.”

Hassard did not return calls before press time.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Children’s performer Claire Ness poses for a photo for the upcoming annual Pivot Festival. “Claire Ness Morning” will be a kid-friendly performance streamed on the morning of Jan. 30. (Photo courtesy Erik Pinkerton Photography)
Pivot Festival provides ‘delight and light’ to a pandemic January

The festival runs Jan. 20 to 30 with virtual and physically distant events

The Boulevard of Hope was launched by the Yukon T1D Support Network and will be lit up throughout January. It is aimed at raising awareness about Yukoners living with Type 1 diabetes. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Boulevard of Hope sheds light on Type 1 diabetes

Organizers hope to make it an annual event

City of Whitehorse city council meeting in Whitehorse on Oct. 5, 2020. An updated council procedures bylaw was proposed at Whitehorse city council’s Jan. 18 meeting that would see a few changes to council meetings and how council handles certain matters like civil emergencies. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse procedures bylaw comes forward

New measures proposed for how council could deal with emergencies

A Yukon survey querying transportation between communities has already seen hundreds of participants and is the latest review highlighting the territory’s gap in accessibility. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Multiple reports, survey decry lack of transportation between Yukon communities

A Community Travel survey is the latest in a slew of initiatives pointing to poor accessibility

Mobile vaccine team Team Balto practises vaccine clinic set-up and teardown at Vanier Catholic Secondary School. Mobile vaccine teams are heading out this week to the communities in order to begin Moderna vaccinations. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Mobile vaccine teams begin community vaccinations

“It’s an all-of-government approach”

A file photo of grizzly bear along the highway outside Dawson City. Yukon conservation officers euthanized a grizzly bear Jan. 15 that was originally sighted near Braeburn. (Alistair Maitland/Yukon News file)
Male grizzly euthanized near Braeburn

Yukon conservation officers have euthanized a grizzly bear that was originally sighted… Continue reading

Mayor Dan Curtis listens to a councillor on the phone during a city council meeting in Whitehorse on April 14, 2020. Curtis announced Jan. 14 that he intends to seek nomination to be the Yukon Liberal candidate for Whitehorse Centre in the 2021 territorial election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Whitehorse mayor seeking nomination for territorial election

Whitehorse mayor Dan Curtis is preparing for a run in the upcoming… Continue reading

Gerard Redinger was charged under the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> with failing to self-isolate and failing to transit through the Yukon in under 24 hours. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Man ticketed $1,150 at Wolf Creek campground for failing to self-isolate

Gerard Redinger signed a 24-hour transit declaration, ticketed 13 days later

Yukon Energy, Solvest Inc. and Chu Níikwän Development Corporation are calling on the city for a meeting to look at possibilities for separate tax rates or incentives for renewable energy projects. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Tax changes sought for Whitehorse energy projects

Delegates call for separate property tax category for renewable energy projects

Yukon University has added seven members to its board of governors in recent months. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
New members named to Yukon U’s board of governors

Required number of board members now up to 17

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your Northern regulatory adventure awaits!

“Your Northern adventure awaits!” blared the headline on a recent YESAB assessment… Continue reading

Yukoner Shirley Chua-Tan is taking on the role of vice-chair of the social inclusion working group with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ oversight panel and working groups for the autism assessment. (Submitted)
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences names Yukoner to panel

Shirley Chua-Tan is well-known for a number of roles she plays in… Continue reading

Most Read