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Todd Hardy

In office
1996 – 2000
Preceded by Margaret Commodore
Succeeded by Mike McLarnon

In office
2002 – 2009
Preceded by Mike McLarnon
Succeeded by Elizabeth Hanson

Born May 17, 1957
Murraysville, British Columbia
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Louise Hardy
Occupation carpenter, trade unionist

Todd Hardy (born May 17, 1957) is a Canadian politician, an former Leader of the Yukon New Democratic Party. He had also served as Leader of the Opposition in the Yukon Legislative Assembly from 2002 to 2006.

Hardy is a carpenter by trade and was business agent of local 2499 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. He is married to Louise Hardy, the Yukon's former federal Member of Parliament.

Political career

He was first elected Member of the Yukon Legislative Assembly for the riding of Whitehorse Centre in the 1996 Yukon general election and was narrowly defeated in the 2000 election. He became leader of the party in 2002 and won his Whitehorse Centre seat in the general election held that year.

In August 2006, Hardy was sent to Vancouver for leukemia treatment.[1] Hardy fought the 2006 general election from his hospital bed through near daily telephone conferences with local reporters and the NDP candidates. He returned to Whitehorse just a week before the vote and still managed to win his seat. His party, however, though leading in the polls for months going into the election was reduced to three seats and third party status.

Hardy maintained his seat in the legislature and title of leader despite frequent trips out of the territory for continued monitoring and treatment during the spring sitting in 2007.

Citing his ongoing health issues, he announced his resignation as party leader on February 5, 2009, resulting in a leadership convention to be held on September 6, 2009.[2]

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