As It Happens

Teacher, gold miner, musician - and now Yukon's new premier

Yukon's Premier Elect Sandy Silver talks to Carol about his new gig, and the new relationship he plans to forge with Indigenous people in the Territory.
Yukon Liberal leader Sandy Silver with Liberal candidates, Yukon election 2016. (Nancy Thomson/CBC)

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In one night, he went from the Liberal's lone MLA in Yukon, to being elected the Territory's premier.

[Indigenous leaders] are tired of batting heads with the Territorial Government.- Yukon premier elect Sandy Silver 

Last night, the Liberal party led by Sandy Silver swept to victory in Yukon, pushing out the Yukon Party, which has governed for the last 14 years.

In his interview with As It Happens host Carol Off, Silver vowed to repair the government's relationship with Indigenous people in the Territory.

"First Nations governments have a right to be at the table," Silver says. "They are the resource rulers. This is how we're going to do it in the Yukon and it's on our terms."

Listen to our full interview, in which Silver talks about his conversation with Prime Minister Trudeau, his views on a carbon tax, and reveals if he'll keep playing his guitar in Dawson City's bars.


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