Iain MacKay (politician)

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Iain MacKay
MLA for Whitehorse Riverdale South
In office
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byRon Veale
Leader of the Yukon Liberal Party
In office
Preceded byfirst leader
Succeeded byRon Veale
Personal details
Political partyLiberal

Iain MacKay (born 1942) is a Canadian former politician, who was the first leader of the Yukon Liberal Party and the first Leader of the Opposition in Yukon.

MacKay, a chartered accountant,[1] led the Liberal Party into the 1978 election, the territory's first-ever partisan legislative election, and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Yukon as MLA for Whitehorse Riverdale South. Even though his party lost the election overall, he was ironically the only one of the three party leaders to win his own seat, as both Hilda Watson of the Yukon Progressive Conservative Party and Fred Berger of the Yukon New Democratic Party were defeated in their own districts.[2]

He resigned as MLA and party leader in 1980,[3] and was succeeded in both roles by Ron Veale.[4]

MacKay subsequently moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he continued to work as an accountant, was active in the BC Liberal Party, and served as a board member of various charitable foundations.[5]


  1. ^ "Will provincial status be a painful burden?". The Globe and Mail, May 12, 1979.
  2. ^ "Leader loses, but Tories win first party-line election in Yukon". The Globe and Mail, November 22, 1978.
  3. ^ "Cabinet upheavals typify rough, tumble of politics in Yukon". The Globe and Mail, August 9, 1980.
  4. ^ "Byelections". CPA Activities: The Canadian Scene, Vol. 4, No. 2.
  5. ^ "Terry Fox Research Institute announces appointment of Iain R.V. MacKay to its Board of Directors". Terry Fox Research Institute, May 1, 2012.