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A member of the governing Liberal party in Yukon has resigned from caucus and quit his post as deputy Speaker of the legislative assembly.

Don Hutton says he has lost confidence in Premier Sandy Silver and the territory’s Liberal party.

Mr. Hutton says he plans to sit as an Independent for the riding of Mayo-Tatchun and has already announced he won’t run again in a general election expected to be called soon.

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He says he has tried to raise concerns about drug abuse and addiction in the territory but believes his efforts have been repeatedly ignored or dismissed.

Mr. Hutton says the government has failed residents of his riding, adding that not a week goes by without a “horrible anecdote” related to the abuse of drugs or alcohol.

No one from the Yukon government was immediately able to comment on the allegations.

Mr. Hutton intends to endorse the Yukon New Democratic Party in the upcoming election, saying he is “deeply saddened” that he has been pushed to this point.

“I want the muzzle taken off my voice in my final few days in the house,” Mr. Hutton says in an interview.

He was first elected in Mayo-Tatchun in November, 2016, unseating the incumbent New Democrat, and has served as deputy Speaker and chair of Yukon’s Committee of the Whole since January, 2017.

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