Liz Hanson - Leader of the Official Opposition
MLA - Whitehorse Centre
New Democratic Party
Leader of the Official Opposition
Elizabeth Hanson has been leader of the Yukon New Democratic Party since September 2009. Ms. Hanson was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in a by-election in the electoral district of Whitehorse Centre on December 13, 2010. She was re-elected in the general election of October 11, 2011.
Ms. Hanson is the NDP caucus critic for the Departments of Finance and Health and Social Services (Health Services and the Hospital Corporation), the Executive Council Office, and the Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board. She is also the NDP caucus designated liaison with First Nations governments and will lead the Official Opposition efforts on democratic reform.
During the 32nd Legislative Assembly Ms. Hanson was appointed to the Members' Services Board and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
Ms. Hanson began her career as a social worker. As a federal civil servant, she was involved in the negotiation of all 11 Yukon First Nation land claims and self-government agreements. Ms. Hanson also chaired the Yukon Federal Council. In 2007, she retired from her position as Regional Director of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
Ms. Hanson has volunteered for organizations including the Child Development Centre, the Hillcrest Community Association, the Friends of the Gallery Society, and the Ted Harrison Artist Retreat Society.
Ms. Hanson holds degrees in political science and social work from the University of Calgary. She and her husband, Doug Mowat, have two grown children, Sarah and Paula, who were both raised in Yukon.