Outgoing Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie says he is looking forward to a quieter life as soon as he turns over the premier's office to his newly-elected successor, Darrell Pasloski.


Dennis Fentie, left, receives applause from Yukon Party members Saturday evening in Whitehorse. Party members have chosen Darrell Pasloski to replace Fentie, who is retiring from politics this year. ((CBC))

Fentie, who has led the right-leaning Yukon Party to two majority governments since 2002, announced last month that he will not seek re-election in his Watson Lake riding when a territorial election is held later this year.

Fentie said he and Pasloski, who won a three-way race for the Yukon Party's leadership on Saturday, are still working out a timeline for the transfer of power.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday in Whitehorse, Fentie said the transition will include bringing Pasloski up to speed on big-picture items such as Yukon's finances, social issues and capital plans.

'Normal pace of life'

No date has yet been set for Pasloski to be sworn in as premier. But Fentie, 60, said he wants the transfer to happen as soon as possible because he is eager to embrace retirement.

"First thing I'm going to do is take some time to let the residual of politics drain away and get back to a more normal pace of life," he said.

Fentie said he will live full-time in Watson Lake, the southern Yukon town where he has spent most of his life. He has represented the community in the legislature since 1996, initially as an NDP MLA.

He crossed the floor to join the Yukon Party in 2002, then became its leader shortly after that. The party went on to win solid government mandates later in 2002 and in 2006.

In retirement, Fentie said he is looking forward to puttering around his shop and spending time with friends.

"Some of them are lifelong friends so, you know, there's going to be lots of interaction on a basis that is going to be quite different now that I'm retiring from politics," he said.

Fentie said he will avoid politics once he retires, but he added that he may eventually go back to work.