WHITEHORSE — Yukon's top doctor and federal Liberal candidate in the territory is disputing allegations that his decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic was influenced by plans to run for office.
Dr. Brendan Hanley, who is on a leave of absence as Yukon's chief medical officer of health, says in a statement that he always conducted himself in a fair and impartial way in his role.
Currie Dixon, the leader of the Yukon Party, has criticized Hanley's decision to run during the pandemic, writing in an open letter that it raises questions about the decision-making process.
Hanley says he's disappointed to hear criticisms of his professional and personal integrity, adding that it's such unfounded personal attacks that lead people to stay out of politics.
He took a leave of absence before announcing his candidacy in early August, looking to replace outgoing member of Parliament Larry Bagnell.
Yukon Premier Sandy Silver said when Hanley's run was announced that he was confident the territory's management of the COVID-19 pandemic would continue smoothly.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 27, 2021.
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