Yukon MLA McRobb to retire from politics

Yukon Liberal MLA Gary McRobb says he is retiring from politics, after 15 years as the elected representative for the Kluane riding.

Yukon Liberal MLA Gary McRobb says he is retiring from politics, after 15 years as the elected representative for the Kluane riding.

McRobb has represented Kluane since 1996, and he said he has decided to call it a day.

"This past January, I realized I had surpassed the longevity of my distinguished predecessor, the honourable Bill Brewster," McRobb told CBC News on Tuesday.

"To me, Bill had been in there forever, and this came as a big wake-up call."

Brewster had represented Kluane between 1982 and 1996 under the Progressive Conservative and Yukon Party banners.

McRobb was first elected in 1996 as a New Democrat, but he crossed the floor to the Liberals in 2006.

No Liberal candidate has yet been announced in the Kluane riding, which includes three First Nation governments and a municipal government within its boundaries.

McRobb said the major challenge for his successor will be to lobby the territorial government to spend money on a new fire hall in Beaver Creek and a school in Burwash Landing.

As for himself, McRobb said he is under no pressure to decide his future.

"I have no definitive immediate plans. I turn 55 later this month and the expression 'Freedom 55' comes to mind," he said.

"It's a nice sunny day, and it looks like there's lots of blue sky ahead."