Silver uncontested as Liberal leader

Sandy Silver has dropped “interim” from his title after running unchallenged for the Yukon Liberal Party leadership. Nominations for the position closed Friday.

Sandy Silver has dropped “interim” from his title after running unchallenged for the Yukon Liberal Party leadership.

Nominations for the position closed Friday.

“Like Homer Simpson said, two of the best words in the English language: de-fault!” said Silver in an interview Monday morning.

Silver has been interim leader since Darius Elias, also an interim leader, left the party in 2012. Since then Silver has been the only Liberal MLA.

The party’s previous leader was Arthur Mitchell, who resigned after losing his seat in the 2011 election.

“It’s a fascinating and great time to be a Liberal right now,” said Silver.

“Ultimately I’m just thrilled that we’ve done a really good job over the last two years building a core and, for me, having nobody challenging me from within is a resounding approval or assessment of the job that we’ve done to unite the party.”

The party still plans to hold a convention at 7 p.m. on March 1 at the Gold Rush Inn in Whitehorse.

It will be a chance for people to come out and see what the Liberals have been up to and learn about opportunities to get involved, said Silver. The event is open to anyone who wants to come.

Contact Jacqueline Ronson at jronson@yukon-news.com

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