Nominations: Barr launches re-election bid, pledges to make sustainable energy and Southern Lakes issues priorities

Mount Lorne–Southern Lakes MLA Kevin Barr, speaking before friends, neighbours and supporters, announced his plan to run for re-election this year. The popular musician, who lives near Carcross on Crag Lake is finishing a successful first term in office that was marked by a number of important community victories for the residents of the Southern Lakes region and for people across the Yukon.

“I have been so lucky to work with, and represent, the residents of Mount Lorne, Carcross, Tagish and Marsh Lake,” Barr said. “As communities, and as concerned citizens, we have come together to protect our environment, advocate for greater tourism opportunities, and to speak with one voice about our communities’ needs. We even got CBC radio coverage reinstated throughout the region.”

“Politics for me is about community – about people coming together and making their voice’s heard. My style has been, and will continue to be, as an advocate, a supporter and an MLA who works for all Yukoners.”

Barr’s continuing commitment to advocate on behalf of all residents of Mount Lorne–Southern Lakes has earned him high praise from all sides of the political spectrum.

Barr has also worked with communities across the Yukon to fight against fracking, develop renewable energy, implement civic addresses in our rural communities and offer a Yukon-wide 911 service.

His motion to make National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday in the Yukon was passed unanimously by the Yukon legislature, though it remains to be seen whether the Yukon Party will actually act on the motion.

“With a Yukon NDP government under the leadership of Liz Hanson, we have the chance to put the days of dividing Yukoners behind us,” added Barr. “We need to listen to all Yukoners, to foster small businesses and we need to honour First Nation Final Agreements. Only united can we make the Yukon the place we all dream of.”

“Yukon is at a crossroads. I’m looking forward to talking to my neighbours about the kind of Yukon we could have and sharing the Yukon NDP’s vision for a brighter future.”