It’s official: Kevin Barr goes for re-election in Mount Lorne–Southern Lakes

About eighty Yukoners came out to a “Kevin Barr-B-Q” (so named by 4-year old Maddie) to officially acclaim Kevin Barr as the Yukon NDP's candidate in Mount Lorne–Southern Lakes ahead of this year’s territorial election.

“It has been a tremendous honour to work with, and represent, the residents of Mount Lorne, Carcross, Tagish and Marsh Lake,” Barr said. “We have come together to protect our environment, advocate for greater tourism opportunities, and to speak with one voice about our communities’ needs.”

Barr, a Juno nominated musician who lives near Carcross on Crag Lake is a successful first term MLA whose hallmark is his drive and commitment to working with constituents to solve local issues. Kevin has served as Official Opposition critic for Community Services, Tourism and Culture, and the Yukon Liquor Corporation. His motion to make National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday was passed unanimously by the Yukon Legislative Assembly last year.

“Kevin is one of the best constituency MLAs I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting to know,” said Tagish resident Boyd Pyper. “He works tirelessly to get results at the local level: civic addressing, 911 coverage, road improvements, better signage for tourism, CBC coverage. When constituents aren’t getting answers from the government on any issue, they know Kevin will listen and go to bat for them.”

“Kevin is a good candidate because he knows the people of this riding. He’s ‘salt of the earth’; he knows the issues everyday people face. He’s no phony. He’s represented us well for five years and he deserves another round”, said Marsh Lake resident Nicole Yurkoski.

The Yukon Party’s support for hydraulic fracturing, known as ‘fracking’, and push to open up the Whitehorse Trough for oil and gas extraction ignited opposition throughout the communities in Barr's riding. Starting in Tagish, Yukoners stood up and said no to oil and gas.

“Kevin has been our voice in the legislature to say no fracking and despoiling our environment,” said Mary Ann Lewis. “I know where he stands.”