Yukon Party Leader Darrel Pasloski finally gets to enter the legislature as premier now that he has won his riding of Mountainview and his party has taken a majority.
He won a close race against the New Democratic Party's Stephen Dunbar-Edge, with 479 votes to Dunbar-Edge's 375. The Liberal Party's Dave Sloan came in last with 213.
Pasloski thanked his supporters and volunteers. He also thanked his family.
"Nobody worked harder than my wife, 24/7, on this," he said to cheering supporters.
Pasloski also told supporters that this is a historic win for the Yukon Party. This is the first time any party in the Yukon has led the territory three terms in a row.
"What a great, historic election today … we are moving forward together on that path to prosperity," he said.
Pasloski, 50, is a relative newcomer to politics. He ran to be a member of Parliament in the 2008 federal election. He lost that race to Liberal MP Larry Bagnell. Before running in the federal election, Pasloski owned two Shoppers Drug Mart stores in Whitehorse.
He succeeded longtime premier Dennis Fentie, who announced he was stepping down in April. Party members voted, and Pasloski was sworn in after winning the race against contenders Rod Taylor and Jim Kenyon.