New Yukon Minister of Highways and Public Works

December 05, 2016 | Category: Government Updates


Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and his cabinet have officially formed government after being sworn into office in Whitehorse on December 3, 2016. The Premier and the Yukon Liberals won a majority government in the November general election. Hon. Sandy Silver will be the territory's 9th premier.

“I am very proud of the team that took their oaths with me today. Each member of this cabinet brings their own unique skills and experience. Together, we will work collaboratively and tirelessly for the benefit of Yukoners,” Silver said.

Richard Mostyn – (MLA Whitehorse West) Minister of Highways and Public Works and Minister for the Public Service Commission

WESTAC congratulates Minister Mostyn and looks forward to working with him and the Government in the future.

Hon. Richard Mostyn biography

Hon. Richard Mostyn was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the general election for the 34th Legislative Assembly on November 7, 2016 and was appointed to the Executive Council of Yukon (cabinet) on December 3, 2016.

Richard Mostyn arrived in the Yukon in the Burro, a silver Honda Civic wagon, with his future wife and two cats. It was June 1989. There were three traffic lights in the territory. For the next 22 years, Mostyn wrote for the award-winning Yukon News where he covered small business, politics, health, energy, technology, mining, the environment, the arts, the Yukon Quest and all manner of news stories, including award-winning supplements on drug addiction and the Yukon housing crisis.

Throughout his career, he covered the Penikett, Ostashek, McDonald, Duncan, Fentie and Pasloski governments. He’s interviewed Prime Ministers Paul Martin, Jean Chretien and Joe Clark and opposition leaders Stockwell Day, Preston Manning and Audrey McLaughlin. He regularly met with the US Consul General and other visiting dignitaries.

In 1999, he travelled to earthquake ravaged Taiwan to cover a series of disaster relief concerts staged by Matthew Lien and a host of Yukon musicians. He also travelled to the North Slope of Alaska during debate over potential oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the calving grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. And he reported on the fate of Faro following the final shutdown of the community’s lead-zinc-silver mine and Cassiar, BC, in the wake of the shutdown of the asbestos mine and abandonment of the town.

In the course of his career, he’s been published in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Vancouver Sun and Up Here Magazine and has appeared on CBC Radio and TV and the BBC World Service. His reporting has been recognized through international, national and regional awards.

Once or twice, people threatened to shoot him. After leaving journalism in 2011, Mostyn worked for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and its campaign to champion the Peel Watershed land-use plan. In 2012, he joined the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board, where he currently works.

He’s coached soccer and helped build the neighbourhood park on Finch Crescent. He’s married, has two sons and two naughty spaniels. On April 19, he was elected the Yukon Liberal Party Candidate for Whitehorse West, where he has lived since 1997.

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