Shirley Chua-Tan wins nomination bid for Yukon NDP in Porter Creek South
Yukon NDP members in the riding of Porter Creek South chose realtor Shirley Chua-Tan to represent their riding on the Yukon NDP’s team of experienced candidates in a vote tonight. For Chua-Tan, the upcoming Yukon election will have a profound impact on the territory’s financial well-being and Yukoners’ access to public health care.
Before immigrating to Canada with her family in 2000, Chua-Tan was a sales consultant for a Fortune 500 health services company. Since moving to Whitehorse in 2010 with her family, Shirley has been active with Autism Yukon, Teegatha'oh zheh, the Yukon Council On Disability and the Rendezvous Society.
“Many people have asked me why I am choosing politics. The answer is that Yukon is my home and its people are my family. Our children are our future and we need to leave them with healthy communities,” said Chua-Tan, adding that she wants to serve her neighbours as a peer and not a top-down decision-maker. “I want to be a conduit between people and the whole of government.”
Chua-Tan joined the Yukon NDP because she believes in their vision for a fairer and a more collaborative approach to leading the territory. She was also inspired by the way that the Yukon NDP Official Opposition caucus “walked the talk” in the Yukon Legislative Assembly by standing up for Yukoners on several important files. When Yukoners and experts alike showed resounding opposition to fracking, the Yukon NDP brought their voices into the legislature and highlighted the potential to support Yukon’s growing renewable energy industry.
“Future generations of Yukoners will live with the decisions we make today – about our economy, our public health care system, and our environment,” added Chua-Tan. “A Yukon NDP government under Premier Liz Hanson will make the right choices by listening to the community and building a better, more hopeful Yukon for our children.”