Outsider challenges Liberal nomination for downtown

Local musician and business owner Patrick Singh threw his hat in the race for the Liberal nomination in Whitehorse centre mere hours after political insider Kirk Cameron announced his candidacy.

Local musician and business owner Patrick Singh threw his hat in the race for the Liberal nomination in Whitehorse centre mere hours after political insider Kirk Cameron announced his candidacy.

Singh, 47, runs several businesses downtown and wants to support the private sector beyond the Yukon’s main bread and butter: tourism and mining.

“We have a new crop of business people and I believe we need politicians more in tune with the times,” he said.

“I believe the political climate needs some freshness, some new blood and some change.”

As a local musician and concert promoter, Singh feels the cultural and intellectual potential of Whitehorse residents also needs to be promoted.

If he were a MLA today, his first priority would be building a youth shelter.

“I’m pro-business as well as socially minded,” he said.

Singh lives in Takhini, but owns and manages Mark & Paddy’s Wondrous Music Emporium on Fourth Avenue.

“We need to make our downtown the heart of the city again – make it vibrant, full of energy and make it somewhere people want to be,” he said.

Singh also runs yukontrader.com and a hot dog stand.

He’s worked on campaigns for territorial Liberal candidates before, but other than that, he considers himself an outsider.

The only other candidate for the Liberal nomination is Kirk Cameron, who is currently president of Yukon Liberals.

Born in England, Singh lived in the Fiji Islands and Edmonton before moving to the Yukon 20 years ago. (James Munson)