Lake Laberge progressives decide on business manager Bud McCue

Progressive voters in Lake Laberge gathered on Tuesday to nominate their candidate for this fall’s territorial election. Bud McCue, business manager for the Whitehorse local of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, will carry the Yukon NDP banner in the rural riding just north of the city. As a union member, McCue is eager to be part of an NDP government that will respects workers’ rights and work hard to create decent paying jobs for Yukoners.

McCue credits the NDP’s long history of fighting for working people, and Liz Hanson’s commitment to give Yukoners a greater say in their government, as key reasons he decided to run.

“Yukon workers deserve a government that takes their issues seriously and involves people in decision making,” said McCue. “With Liz Hanson and the NDP, you'll get a new government that stands up for workers and seeks people’s input between elections. The Yukon Party has been sorely lacking on both those fronts."

Working to change the territorial government’s procurement policies to put an end to secretive backroom deals and keep more jobs in the Yukon would be among McCue’s top priorities after election day. Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson welcomed McCue and his experience as a skilled tradesperson and union leader to her team of candidates.

“From his 35 years as a tradesperson and his leadership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Bud knows what it means to work hard and represent working people,” said Hanson. “He knows what NDP investments in renewable energy, tourism and other sectors that create green jobs will mean to Yukoners and their families. We’re proud to have Bud on our team."

Patrick Winstanley, who had also been contesting the nomination, announced at the meeting that he was withdrawing from the race and supporting McCue.