Green Party candidate returns for a second run

Then there were four.

By Tim Giilck on August 19, 2021

Then there were four.

The Yukon Federal Green Party Association has announced that Lenore Morris will carry its standard for a second time in a federal election.

“We are thrilled to announce our candidate in the 2019 federal election has been confirmed as our candidate to represent the Yukon on September 20, 2021,” a release from the party stated this morning.

Morris talked to the Star about her nomination this morning as she waited to catch a flight to British Columbia.

She was quite forthright about running in this election with the party in a state of disarray after weeks of infighting over the leadership of
Annamie Paul.

“It’s impossible to completely ignore it (the party dissension), Morris said. “But the Green Party is a very democratic party, and that’s one of the reasons I support it.

“It’s surprisingly easy to just focus on Yukon issues,” she added. “Yukon is such an interesting riding, particularly in this election.”

Morris said she was watching with interest the situation with the Conservative Party, which dumped Jonas Smith as its candidate late last week.

Smith has been replaced by Barbara Dunlop, a well-known author of romance novels and a former Yukon government employee.

Smith is now running as an independent candidate.

The highest-profile candidate is likely Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s chief medical offer of health for the past 12 years. He’s now on a leave of absence while he campaigns.

The NDP has also named its candidate, a political newcomer in Lisa Vollans-Leduc.

There has been no word about a potential People’s Party of Canada candidate.

The Green Party’s environmental roots are the main factor that first attracted Morris to it back in 2012, she said.

“All parties talk about them but only one makes it a priority,” she said.

She said she thinks the party could be poised to make a breakthrough during this election.

“All kinds of people are interested in Green Party issues,” Morris said.

As she got to know the party better, she said, she began to learn of its grassroots democratic style and came to appreciate its values more.

Morris has practised as a lawyer in the Yukon for 22 years, but has history in the Yukon going back more than 40 years, as she went to
school in Dawson City.

“Lenore is a long-time Yukoner who lived in the Klondike in her youth and now makes her home in Whitehorse,” a backgrounder said.

“While raising two sons, she returned to academic life to complete her third university degree, in law. Lenore has run her own law practice in Whitehorse since 2006 and looks forward to using her strong analytical skills and gritty determination on behalf of the people of the Yukon as our representative in Ottawa.

“An active member of the Whitehorse community for two decades, Lenore has volunteered for many community organizations,” the
backgrounder added.

“As a long-time Green Party member, Lenore lives her passion for active transportation and environmental sustainability; she canoes,
hikes, bikes and skis.”

Morris was caught a bit off-guard with last Sunday’s snap election call.

She will delay the start of her campaigning for approximately a week due to her pre-planned trip to British Columbia to sea kayak.

Morris drew 2,201 votes in the October 2019 election.

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