Kluane's Yukon NDP members choose Sally Wright as their candidate

Yukon NDP members from along the North Alaska Highway communities of Haines Junction, Burwash Landing, Destruction Bay and Beaver Creek braved a wet August afternoon today to pick Sally Wright as their party’s candidate for the upcoming territorial election. Wright says that she is excited to roll up her sleeves and work alongside the Yukon NDP’s strong team of candidates and sitting MLAs to develop renewable energy infrastructure that creates jobs and protects the environment.

By running for office, Wright wants to promote the creation of green jobs, sustainable economic development and energy security for the territory. Like many of her neighbours near her home at Silver City in Kluane Country, Wright wants to continue enjoying the benefits of a community steeped in nature – like access to an unpolluted backcountry, healthy wildlife, and clean drinking water. However, she also recognizes that the Yukon government needs to make important decisions about its energy future.

“The Yukon Party is on the side of fossil fuel companies with short-term plans that threaten our pristine land and water,” said Wright, a filmmaker with a long history of using her art to promote sustainable living. “Yukon NDP Leader Liz Hanson and our team are on the side of Kluane residents who believe in a renewable energy future that balances good jobs and energy security with sustainable practices.”

Wright points to the Yukon NDP’s support for green businesses that need help navigating the Yukon government, such as a company developing aquaponics technology to grow local produce that was having problems getting a government regulatory exemption, as evidence that the party can make good on its commitment to sustainable development. Meanwhile, its support for a stronger Yukon renewable energy industry offers an alternative for skilled trades workers who have felt the squeeze from the downturn in the mining industry.

“Yukoners shouldn’t have to choose between the environment and the economy. Sustainable renewable energy infrastructure creates jobs and harnesses our natural resources while allowing us to continue enjoying the Yukon we know and love,” added Wright. “That’s the side I want to be on. I’m looking forward to meeting more of my neighbours and listening to them as I gear up for the fall election.”