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NEW JOB PENDING – Angélique Bernard, who will become the Yukon’s new commissioner on Monday morning, is seen in May 2017 in Whitehorse.

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OUR NEXT ADMINISTRATOR – Adeline Webber, a member of the Teslin Tlingit Council, was named the Yukon’s new administrator today. That job involves fulfilling the commissioner’s duties while he or she is unavailable.

Trudeau appoints new commissioner

Angélique Bernard has been appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the Yukon’s next commissioner.

By Whitehorse Star on March 9, 2018

Angélique Bernard has been appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the Yukon’s next commissioner.

The announcement was made this morning.

Trudeau also announced the appointment of Adeline Webber as the next administrator of the territory.

“With her leadership experience and advocacy work, I know that Angélique Bernard will be an excellent Commissioner of Yukon,” Trudeau said in his announcement.

“She has a deep understanding and appreciation of the diverse people who call Yukon home, and her unique perspective will be invaluable as she works to represent their best interests.”

The Yukon has been without a commissioner since Jan. 31, when when Doug Phillips’ term ended.

Gerald Isaac’s term of administrator ended Thursday. The administrator fills in when the commissioner is absent.

“Adeline Webber has dedicated much of her career to public service and has proven herself to be a champion of Indigenous peoples,” the prime minister said in this morning’s announcement.

“I know that the territory will benefit greatly from the experience and knowledge she will bring to the table as the Administrator of Yukon.”

Trudeau’s announcement says that since moving to the Yukon in 1995, Bernard has worked hard to advance francophone rights and women’s rights, making sure they have access to the services they need to thrive.

A devoted member of the territory’s francophone community, she served as president of the Association franco-yukonnaise for seven years.

She is currently the organization’s vice-president.

Webber is a member of the Teslin Tlingit Council, the announcement points put.

It notes she was born and raised in Whitehorse and has worked diligently to advance the recognition of Indigenous women’s rights.

She’s played an important role in the implementation of land claims and First Nation self-government agreements in the territory, the announcement says.

Both Bernard and Webber are scheduled to be sworn in Monday morning by Chief Justice Ron Veale of the Yukon Supreme Court, currently the acting commissioner (see story).

The private ceremony will be held at Taylor House, the commissioner’s offices on Main Street.

In a statement regarding the appointments, Premier Sandy Silver said: “I am very pleased the prime minister has chosen to appoint Angélique Bernard as our commissioner and Adeline Webber as Yukon’s administrator.

“I congratulate them on their appointments. I look forward to working with these individuals in their new capacities.”

In his announcement, Trudeau recognized and thanked Phillips and Isaac for their contributions to the Yukon.

Phillips was sworn in as commissioner in 2010 under former prime minister Stephen Harper. He replaced Geraldine Van Bibber.

Isaac was appointed in 2013 to take over for Whitehorse resident Bob Cameron.

The prime minister’s announcement points out territorial commissioners fulfill many of the same duties as the lieutenant-governor of a province.

Their responsibilities include swearing in members of the Yukon Legislative Assembly and members of the executive council, opening the legislative assembly, and providing royal assent to legislation passed by the assembly.

Territorial administrators act in the place of the commissioner if the commissioner is unable to fulfill his or her duties during an absence or illness or other situation, or when the office is vacant.

Comments (21)

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drum on Mar 15, 2018 at 5:07 pm

She must be a good Liberal as well as a person from Trudeau area.

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CJ on Mar 15, 2018 at 2:42 pm

22 years is plenty of time to be in the Yukon. I am curious, though, how the decision came about to make Adeline Weber the administrator instead of commissioner, a position I never heard of before. She seems very qualified to be commissioner.

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north_of_60 on Mar 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm

Comparison with past Commissioners makes this recent appointment quite obviously nothing more than foolish pandering.

Commissioners of Yukon (1948- )
2010-2018: Doug Phillips
2005-2010: Geraldine Van Bibber
2000-2005: Jack Cable
1995-2000: Judy Gingell
1986-1995: John Kenneth McKinnon
1979-1986: Douglas Leslie Dewey Bell
1979-1979: Ione Jean Christensen
1978-1979: Frank B. Fingland (Interim Commissioner)
1976-1978: Dr. Arthur MacDonald Pearson
1966-1976: James Smith
1962-1966: Gordon Robertson Cameron
1955-1962: Frederick Howard Collins
1952-1955: Wilfred George Brown
1951-1952: Frederick Fraser
1950-1951: Andrew Harold Gibson
1948-1950: John Edward Gibben

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NOT a LIEberal on Mar 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Out with the Liberals. (Cant believe they were ever voted in, stupid Canadians!) Just one mistake after another. Incredible madness. Oh well, I guess if it wasn't one of his buddies from Quebec (yes Quebec, definitely not a Yukoner) it problably would have been one of his other buddies Omar or Jaspal. Hey "long time Yukoner" why don't you move to Quebec, they could use your sympathy.

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jc on Mar 12, 2018 at 8:46 pm

Again the WS refused to print my comment. I'm getting really tired of their throwing out comments because it doesn't suit their PC agenda. This will be my last comment to this NP. Nor will I ever read it again. Goodbye WS. I don't expect you to print this, but at least the one that edits it will.

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It is sad... on Mar 12, 2018 at 3:28 pm

...when an appointment runs counter to the historical traditions and culture of our Territory. While not all of our past Commissioners were born here, everyone of them contributed meaningful to the foundation and growth of the Yukon. This is not the case here. This appointment is purely political and unfortunately smells of pork barreling at its best. After Doug it was time to pass the mantle to another worthy woman, many of which has been born and raised in the territory. A woman that has left her mark in a substantive way for ALL the peoples of the Yukon, not just a very small minority.
This is an insensitive appointment and one that obviously YTG supported if not advanced. Shame on you Mr Silver and the rest of the cronies in Cabinet.
This appointment is not representative of who we are.
Thank you Trudeau for yet another misstep, and for disrespecting our traditions and culture here in the Yukon.

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drum on Mar 12, 2018 at 9:36 am

The position of Commissioner has served its purpose. Time to do away with the idea. They get a great deal of money for a salary (and a nice pension) for purely ceremonial duties. Time to move on.

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YXY on Mar 12, 2018 at 7:23 am

How does running LAFY benefit anyone else but LAFY? How does this make Miss Bernard even remotely qualified?
There are two groups of Yukoners: indigenous First Nations, who are self governing, and the colonists (read that as the rest of us).
FNs have gotten a bad ride since we showed up, but I'd like to think that we have made massive strides forward and that by working together with respect, we are making The Yukon a better place.
How does running a special interest group (LAFY) make her a good choice to be the queens representative for The Yukon?

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drum on Mar 11, 2018 at 7:01 pm

Never heard of her - only the Francophone community know her I guess. Does Does Trudeau think that we have to turn the Yukon into a French Community. This is not Montreal. This is stupid. Making a mockery of the position of Commissioner. Now is the time to cancel the position - it is an embarrassment - she is going to be the Queens representative in the Yukon.HA HA Does she even know where the Queen lives!!!!!!!!!!

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Proud Yukoner on Mar 11, 2018 at 6:55 pm

Since confederation, there has not been a single Anglophone lieutenant Governor of Quebec.
Not one.
Why is that?
Anyone want o hazard a guess?
Now, in a gargantuan snub (perhaps a slap in the face even) to our Yukon First Nation sisters and brothers, Trudeau has seen fit to appoint a Francophone one trick pony as our lieutenant governor (commissioner).
This has nothing to do with being born here, or how much time one has spent here, but it does have everything to do with a candidate who's sole experience here has been forwarding francophone position and privilege in The Yukon.
I'm appalled.

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Carolyne Thompson on Mar 11, 2018 at 6:21 pm

Could we not have a long time Yukoner appointment. We have many better yukoners we could have appointed, Francophone and a women does not cut it for me! I was born and raised in Yukon and do not believe Mr. Trudeau has made a wise decision on this appointment, I voted liberal in support of Larry, and because of this appointment, I will not vote liberal in the next election!

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jean on Mar 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

A person unknown outside the Yukon francophone community who has been in the Yukon only since 1995 named as Commissioner ? What a joke. This is nothing but blatant francophone pandering by a useless twit of a PM.
Many people have been been active in their local community, however that's hardly qualification for Commissioner of the Yukon. She has accomplished nothing notable outside the francophone community.

Comparison with past Commissioners makes the foolish pandering of this recent appointment quite obvious. Every one of the people below did something notable for all Yukoners, not just some minority community.

Commissioners of Yukon (1948- )

2010-2018: Doug Phillips
2005-2010: Geraldine Van Bibber
2000-2005: Jack Cable
1995-2000: Judy Gingell
1986-1995: John Kenneth McKinnon
1979-1986: Douglas Leslie Dewey Bell
1979-1979: Ione Jean Christensen
1978-1979: Frank B. Fingland (Interim Commissioner)
1976-1978: Dr. Arthur MacDonald Pearson
1966-1976: James Smith
1962-1966: Gordon Robertson Cameron
1955-1962: Frederick Howard Collins
1952-1955: Wilfred George Brown
1951-1952: Frederick Fraser
1950-1951: Andrew Harold Gibson
1948-1950: John Edward Gibben

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Christian KLEIN on Mar 11, 2018 at 9:51 am

I've lived in the Yukon for more than 35 years; this does not make me a candidate to be a commissioner. The free humble dedication to the Yukon public for over 20 years and some good education does.

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drum on Mar 10, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Typical Trudeau - doing what he has decided is politically correct. He is an embarrassment to this country. Never heard of this woman, does he even know where the Yukon is and that the French are not a majority. Adeline should have been the Commissioner - she has worked hard for the Yukon. This new woman is only going to try and advance the French speaking minority in the Yukon.

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Long Time Yukoner on Mar 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Congratulations Angelique.

Ignore the trolls and negative people comments, they were probably too lazy to put their name out there for important roles like you.
While I don't know you, I appreciate that your sharing this time with the community, which includes many people who have lived in Yukon for all sorts of time frames.

People who think appointments are only for people born and raised in Yukon are short sighted, narrow minded and overly entitled.

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Yukon Justice on Mar 10, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Couldn't they find a Francophone Yukoner?

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Juniper Jackson on Mar 9, 2018 at 10:58 pm

Trudeau’s announcement says that since moving to the Yukon in 1995, Bernard has worked hard to advance francophone rights and women’s rights... Yup.. that's representing everybody..

Thank God Trudeau is a one and gone.

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Dave on Mar 9, 2018 at 8:28 pm

I’ve got socks that have been in the territory longer than this new ‘commissioner’ has and suddenly she’s supposed to represent Yukon to the crown? Trudeau, he just wasn’t ready and he proves it over and over!

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BnR on Mar 9, 2018 at 7:11 pm

Oh thank goodness a Francophone has been appointed. They have been neglected and maligned in The Yukon for far too long, maybe now they will get the recognition and respect they deserve......
Sorry Larry, won’t be voting lib next election. Justin got this one EXACTLY 180 degrees wrong. Miss Webber should have been our commissioner.

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Lost In the Yukon on Mar 9, 2018 at 7:05 pm

Who? Unlike Philips, Van Bibber, Gingel, Christensen, this appointment makes no sense.

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Jack Frank on Mar 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Born and raised here. Lived here for 50 year. Who is this person? Never heard of her. Dubious appointment.

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