Premier of Yukon
The Premier of Yukon (or unofficially, the Premier of the 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 smaller 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).
|Premier of Yukon|
|Member of||Executive Council of Yukon|
|Reports to||Yukon Legislative Assembly|
|Appointer||Commissioner of Yukon|
|Term length||At the Commissioner's pleasure|
|Constituting instrument||Yukon Elections Act|
|First holder||Chris Pearson|
|Unofficial names||Premier of the Yukon|
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 1985 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 remained unchanged.