Opposition ready to rumble

The NDP Opposition announced its shadow cabinet on Tuesday. Lois Moorcroft, MLA for Copperbelt South, is critic of Justice, Highways and Public Works and higher education. She's also the caucus whip.

The NDP Opposition announced its shadow cabinet on Tuesday.

Lois Moorcroft, MLA for Copperbelt South, is critic of Justice, Highways and Public Works and higher education. She’s also the caucus whip.

Moorcroft previously served as an NDP Justice minister from 1996 to 2000.

Jan Stick, MLA for Riverdale South, will tap her experience as a former employee of the Health Department as critic of social services and continuing care.

The owner of Well-Read Books is also critic of Economic Development and the designated liaison with small business.

Stick’s critic duties also extend to the Public Services Commission, the ombudsman and the information and privacy commissioner. And she is the first to hold the rotating position of caucus chair.

Jim Tredger, MLA for Mayo-Tatchun, is the critic of public schools, Energy, Mines and Resources and the Yukon Energy Corporation. He’s also the designated liaison with rural communities.

Tredger worked as a principal for 15 years and recently led the Yukon Teachers Association. His constituents in Mayo find themselves living in the launching pad of several big mineral exploration plays.

Kevin Barr, MLA for Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes, is critic of Community Services, Tourism and Culture, and the Yukon Liquor Corporation. He’s also responsible for issues related to the child and youth advocate.

Barr is a well-known musician. He’s also a past member of the liquor board and has counselled troubled youth.

Kate White, MLA for Takhini-Kopper King, is critic of Environment, Yukon Housing Corporation, women’s directorate, French language services and youth directorate.

White has worked in mining camps, as a cook. She speaks French fluently, as a second language. And, while 34, she’s frequently touted as a youth candidate – perhaps, in part, because of the visible tattoos on her arms, and her fondness for mountain biking and snowboarding.

Leader Liz Hanson is critic of the Executive Council Office, Finance, Health, the Yukon Hospital Corporation and the Yukon Workers’ Compensation, Health and Safety Board.

The two-man Liberal Party announced their critic duties on Monday.

Darius Elias, the interim party leader and MLA for Vuntut Gwitchin, will be critic of the Executive Council Office, Finance, the Yukon Energy Corporation, the Public Service Commission, Environment, Education, the Yukon Workers’ Compensation, Health and Safety Board, Highways and Public Works, and the French Language Services Directorate.

He will also share critic duties for Health and Social Services.

Sandy Silver, the Liberals’ new MLA for the Klondike, will be critic of Energy, Mines and Resources, the housing, liquor and lottery corporations, Community Services, Justice, Tourism and Culture, Economic Development, the women’s directorate and Health and Social Services.

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