Premier re-invites Yukon Olympian to speak at AWG rally, after she was dropped
After Jeane Lassen announced Liberal candidacy, a volunteer told her it was 'inappropriate' to speak
Yukon's premier has re-invited a former Olympian to speak at an Arctic Winter Games pep rally, after she was dropped from the roster because she's running in the upcoming territorial election.
Jeane Lassen was expecting to speak to athletes on Thursday before the territory's contingent heads to Nuuk, Greenland, but when she announced she was seeking the Liberal nomination for the riding of Takhini-Kopper King, Lassen said she was told by a volunteer that it was no longer appropriate for her to speak.
CBC posted the story yesterday, and later in the evening Lassen got a call from Premier Darrell Pasloski re-inviting her to speak at the pep rally.
He also tweeted his invite, saying he was "proud to personally invite" Lassen to pump up the athletes.
Proud to personally invite Yukon Olympian <a href="https://twitter.com/jeanelassen">@jeanelassen</a> to pump up our athletes at Team Yukon Pep Rally <a href="https://twitter.com/SportYukon">@SportYukon</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/yukondoit?src=hash">#yukondoit</a>—@YukonPremier
Lassen was the first Yukoner to compete in a Summer Olympics when she was part of the Canadian weightlifting team at the Beijing games in 2008.