Mike Tribes seeks Liberal nomination in Porter Creek North

Mike Tribes is hoping the third time's the charm.

Mike Tribes is hoping the third time’s the charm.

The IT consultant who unsuccessfully ran in the 2011 territorial election and 2012 municipal election is seeking the Liberal nomination for Porter Creek North for the upcoming territorial election.

Tribes ran for the New Democrats back in 2011.

He switched to the Grits after seeing the team Silver had put together, he said.

“Sandy and I started talking many months ago,” he said.

“He’s got people like John Streicker, Ranj Pillai, people I really respect.”

Streicker ran as a Green candidate in the 2011 federal election but switched to the Liberals last year.

“I really want to see a change in government,” Tribes said.

He also pointed to the new federal Liberal government for his reason to run.

“When I look federally I see how the current Liberal government has been turning things around and basically making Canada a happier place again,” he said.

Tribes has been involved for many years in the Porter Creek Community Association.

He said he wants to represent his riding.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to talk to everybody,” he said.

He said he’ll be knocking on doors later in July as he is currently in Vancouver for a surgery.

He highlighted his involvement with the Yukon Conservation Society back in 1989, which lobbied to bring a recycling program to the territory.

Eventually the program became too big to manage for the YCS and was handed over to Raven Recycling.

Tribes also wants to increase collaboration between the different levels of government.

“I know that when I talked to Sandy he was very interested in collaborating with people and not make decisions in a box,” he said.

“There is a lot of crossover between the city and the government.”

That would also include the various groups and associations.

“Sandy is also talking about collaborating with NGOs and between the parties.”

He would want to see informal preliminary discussions done in advance to make sure things “go smoother.”

Tribes has been living in the territory for 25 years.

He said he loves the outdoors.

Porter Creek North is currently held by Education Minister Doug Graham.

Graham announced last week he wouldn’t be seeking re-election.

Geraldine Van Bibber is seeking the nomination for the Yukon Party.

Francis van Kessel is seeking the nomination for the NDP.

Contact Pierre Chauvin at

pierre.chauvin@yukon-news.com

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