Steve Cardiff has died

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Steve Cardiff has died
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iceman

Sorry, the computer was slow and I double posted!

Caissa

Very tragic.

robbie_dee

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Yukon's New Democrats are working on moving forward after NDP MLA Steve Cardiff was killed in a highway crash last week.

Cardiff, 54, died after his pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer on the South Klondike Highway last Wednesday. He had represented the Mount Lorne riding since 2002. The riding includes rural neighbourhoods in and outside of Whitehorse.

At an NDP barbecue held in Cardiff's memory on Monday night, Lois Moorcroft accepted the party's nomination in Whitehorse's new Copperbelt South riding.

"We cannot let grief stop us in our tracks, and Steve would certainly not have wanted to see us doing that," Moorcroft told the audience, which included Cardiff's wife and party supporters.

At the time of his death, Cardiff had been preparing for a territorial election campaign that is widely expected to be called this fall, said Moorcroft.

"We were so looking forward to being on that team together, and inspired by [NDP Leader] Liz [Hanson] and her leadership, and the people we've been attracting into the party over the last few months," Moorcroft said.

"It's going to be a really big hole in the team."

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2011/07/12/yukon-ndp-cardiff-m... News: Yukon NDP aims to rebuild after MLA's death[/url]

Malcolm Malcolm's picture

Do I have this correct?  Over the course of the current territorial legislature, the entire original NDP caucus has died?

Policywonk

Malcolm wrote:

Do I have this correct?  Over the course of the current territorial legislature, the entire original NDP caucus has died?

No. The third NDP MLA elected in the last election, John Edzerza, crossed the floor and is Minister of the Environment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edzerza

Howard

The election has begun.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Policywonk wrote:

Malcolm wrote:

Do I have this correct?  Over the course of the current territorial legislature, the entire original NDP caucus has died?

No. The third NDP MLA elected in the last election, John Edzerza, crossed the floor and is Minister of the Environment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edzerza

So...this guy went from getting elected as an MLA for the Yukon Party...to crossing over and sitting as an Independent...to crossing over, standing and getting elected for the NDP...to crossing over again to sit as an Indepedent...to crossing over again to RETURN to the Yukon Party(you'd have to kind of wonder if they'd be sure about TAKING him back after all that).  If the CPC-ML and the CHP were around in the Yukon, would he have crossed over to THEM as well?

(I picture the Liberals shouting "What are we...chopped liver?"as he keeps passing them on his way back and forth across the floor).

Krago

Winston Churchill wrote:

Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat.

lil.Tommy

This is the norme in the Yukon, Fentie was a New Democrat before he was elected YP Premier... Dave Sloan was a NDP cabinet minister but is now a Liberal candidate...

I'm not a fan of this movemnet i think its opportunistic at best, or with Edzerza at worst and confusing :P

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Still, I checked and noticed that Ederza wasn't a YP candidate in this election.  Perhaps they just gave him a summer job because there weren't any openings at McDonald's.

Policywonk

Ken Burch wrote:

Still, I checked and noticed that Ederza wasn't a YP candidate in this election.  Perhaps they just gave him a summer job because there weren't any openings at McDonald's.

According to Wikipedia he has serious health issues, and this is the reason he is not running.

lil.Tommy

... Steve Cardiffs old riding was Mount Lorne, (which was merged into Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes this election) was won by two time Federal NDP candidate Kevin Barr, great to see this riding held by the NDP.

Even better that both ridings are NDP (lets hope the recount if there is one keeps this in the NDP column). Growing from 1 to 6 seats is nothing but impressive.

robbie_dee

Was there any overlap between the former Mount Lorne riding and the new Copperbelt South? I was confused by the earlier CBC article, which did indeed mention Cardiff was the member for Mount Lorne but also discussed Lois Moorcroft's nomination in Copperbelt South. In any case, I am glad the NDP won both seats.

lil.Tommy

Looking at the two, it looks like there is a fair bit of overlap, North of the Alaska HWY and South of the Yukon river is now in Copperbelt South, and was in Mount Lorne... Looks like many neighbourhoods crossed over into CS like Wolf Creek, Mary Lake and Spruce Hill... so were both right!

If there is someone from Whitehorse here they might be able to correct me?

(wiki said there was no cross over...)

robbie_dee

NDP candidate Lois Moorcroft won the new Copperbelt South riding, referred to in the article above, by 3 votes  (397-394) over the Yukon Party candidate.