17-stop Yukon NDP communities tour to focus on dialogue, collective progress

One week from today, the six-member Yukon NDP caucus will kick off its Sustainable and Prosperous Communities Tour with the first of 17 community meetings. The public gatherings, organized from Beaver Creek to Old Crow to Watson Lake, will give Yukoners a platform to discuss their priorities for Yukon’s future directly with NDP MLAs.

“We are at a critical point in Yukon’s history. Our approaches to resource development, food security and affordable housing are just some of the pressing choices we face in 2015,” said Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson. “To make progress together, it’s more important than ever that we have a robust public dialogue that involves Yukoners from across the territory.”

The Sustainable and Prosperous Communities Tour kicks off at a time when Yukon’s government-to-government relationships are at an all-time low. Last year, the City of Whitehorse took the unprecedented step of calling for the recently-replaced community services minister to resign over his abysmal working relationship with the city. First Nations are increasingly trying to bypass the Yukon government in dealing with other stakeholders such as industry groups. And it remains to be seen whether Premier Darrell Pasloski will heed Yukoners’ overwhelming opposition to hydraulic fracturing -- as expressed during hearings organized by the legislative assembly’s fracking committee.

“New Democrats are listening. At a time when the government would rather put its friends ahead of the average Yukoner, it’s more important than ever to reinforce the role of dialogue and meaningful public consultation at the heart of public policy,” added Hanson. “The Sustainable and Prosperous Communities Tour is another example of the outreach we do every day to ensure that we keep listening so we can better represent Yukoners’ priorities in the legislature.”

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For more information, please contact: 
Mike Fancie, Yukon NDP Official Opposition 
867-689-4866 or mike.fancie [at] yla.gov.yk.ca

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