Premier of Yukon
Premier ministre du Yukon
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Sandy Silver

since December 3, 2016
Office of the Premier
StatusHead of Government
Member of
Reports to
AppointerCommissioner of Yukon
with the confidence of the Yukon Legislature
Term lengthAt the Commissioner's pleasure
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the legislative assembly
First holderChris Pearson
DeputyDeputy premier of Yukon
WebsiteOffice of the Premier

The premier of Yukon is the first minister for the Canadian territory of Yukon. The post is the territory's head of government and de facto chief executive, although its powers are considerably more limited than that of a provincial premier. The office was established in 1978 when most authority was devolved from the appointed commissioner to the leader of the party that had the confidence of the Yukon Legislative Assembly; for the year immediately prior to this, that leader was one of the members serving with the commissioner's Executive Committee (a Cabinet).

From the first conventional legislative elections in 1978 to 1989, the term "government leader" was used. Tony Penikett chose to change the title to premier for his 1989 to 1992 term amid some controversy. His successor, John Ostashek, returned to using government leader, as did Ostashek's successor Piers McDonald. McDonald's successor Pat Duncan made the decision to use the title premier upon taking office in 2000 and the title has since remained unchanged.

Following the 2016 Yukon general election, the current premier of Yukon is Sandy Silver, leader of the Yukon Liberal Party. Silver was formally sworn in as premier on December 3, 2016.[1] He took on a second term after the 2021 election, leading a minority government.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Liberals officially sworn in, forming new Yukon government". CBC News. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  2. ^ "Yukon Liberals set to be sworn-in as party aims to form minority government". CTV News. April 23, 2021. Archived from the original on April 24, 2021.