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Brad Cathers, MLA Lake Laberge

Hon. Brad Cathers - MLA for Lake Laberge

Government House Leader
Minister of Community Services
Minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation
Minister responsible for the Yukon Liquor Corporation
Minister responsible for the Yukon Lottery Commission

Brad Cathers was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the general election of November 4, 2002. He was re-elected in the general elections of October 10, 2006 and October 11, 2011. Mr. Cathers was appointed Government House Leader on November 5, 2011. He had previously served as Government House Leader from December 12, 2005 to August 28, 2009.

Mr. Cathers was first sworn into Cabinet on December 12, 2005 and became the youngest Minister of Health and Government House Leader in Canada. He was re-appointed to Cabinet on October 28, 2006 and on November 5, 2011.

Mr. Cathers’ experience includes service as Minister of Health and Social Services, Minister responsible for Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board, Minister responsible for Yukon Liquor Corporation and Yukon Lottery Commission, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and Government House Leader.

Before contesting the general election of 2002, Mr. Cathers was involved in the administration of the Yukon Party, serving as President of the Yukon Party Lake Laberge Riding Association from 1998-1999, and on the territorial executive of the Yukon Party in 2001 and 2002.

He has also been active in federal politics. Mr. Cathers was the Yukon constituency President for the Reform Party of Canada/Canadian Alliance from 1998 until his election to the Yukon Legislative Assembly; a member of the Reform Party of Canada Leader’s Grassroots Advisory Committee on the United Alternative from 1998-1999; and Yukon’s member on the Canadian Alliance National Council from 2000-2002.

Until early 2007, Mr. Cathers was part owner of a wilderness tour company, Cathers Wilderness Adventures. He served as the Wilderness Tourism representative on the Yukon Tourism Education Council from 2000 until his election to the Legislative Assembly in 2002.

Mr. Cathers has lived in the electoral district of Lake Laberge since 1983.

Letters & Editorials

  • 9-1-1: Improving public safety across Yukon

    9-1-1: Improving public safety across Yukon As submitted to the Whitehorse Star on Friday, August 29th, 2014. by Brad Cathers, Minister of Community Services An ongoing commitment of your government is to improve emergency response capabilities in the territory. One… ...
  • From Source to Tap- ensuring all Yukoners have access to safe drinking water

    As submitted to the Whitehorse Star on Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Brad Cathers, Minister of Community Services The way in which Yukoners access drinking water can vary significantly depending on where they live. In larger Yukon communities, water may… ...
  • Paramedics Save Lives

    As submitted to the Whitehorse Star on Friday, May 30th, 2014 by Brad Cathers, Minister of Community Services The national Paramedic Services Week, which started May 25 and runs until May 31, recognizes the individuals who make up Canada’s Emergency… ...
  • Yukon Government at Work, So Yukoners Can Play (and Succeed)

    As submitted to the Whitehorse Star on Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Brad Cathers, Minister of Community Services Yukoners are known nationally and internationally for their love of sport, recreation and the outdoors, so it should come as no surprise… ...
  • Continuing to Invest in our Emergency Response System

    As submitted to the Whitehorse Star on Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Brad Cathers, Minister of Community Services Recently, I announced the delivery of a new $336,000 pumper fire truck to the Ibex Valley Volunteer Fire Department. The truck is… ...