Hon. Elaine Taylor - Deputy Premier
MLA - Whitehorse West
Minister of Community Services
Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission
Minister responsible for the Women's Directorate
Minister responsible for the French Language Services Directorate
Elaine Taylor was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly as the MLA for Whitehorse West in the general election of November 4, 2002. She was re-elected in the general elections of October 10, 2006 and October 11, 2011. Ms. Taylor was first sworn into Cabinet on November 30, 2002, re-appointed to Cabinet on October 28, 2006 and on November 5, 2011.
With nine years of Cabinet experience, Ms. Taylor has served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Education, Minister of Environment, Minister of Justice, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission and Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate. She has also served as Government House Leader, Chair of the Standing Committee on Appointments to Major Government Boards and Committees, Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Legislation and Chair of the Legislation Overview Committee.
Prior to her election to the Yukon Legislative Assembly, Ms. Taylor served as Executive Assistant to Government Leader Honourable John Ostashek and as a researcher and constituency caseworker for the Yukon Party Caucus.
Born and raised in Watson Lake, Yukon, Ms. Taylor attended Johnson Elementary and Watson Lake Secondary Schools. She attended Concordia College in Edmonton, Alberta and subsequently graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Political Science.
Ms. Taylor, along with her husband Troy and their son Will, reside in the Whitehorse West electoral district.