17-stop Yukon NDP Sustainable and Prosperous Communities Tour heard Yukoners' priorities loud and clear

Following the last of 17 community meetings organized over the last month in nearly every Yukon community, the Yukon NDP is taking stock of the priorities Yukoners brought to the table. Among dozens of local concerns raised with the Yukon NDP team, Yukoners reiterated their apprehension about the government’s Peel Watershed appeal and the negative impact a centralized continuing care centre in Whitehorse would have on their community’s relationship with its seniors and elders.

“On-the-ground, face-to-face discussions like the ones we had over the past month are extremely important to the democratic process,” said Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson, whose tour stops included visits to Old Crow, Ross River, Haines Junction, Dawson City and Watson Lake. “The Yukon government has shown time and time again that they aren’t interested in listening to Yukoners. By organizing the Sustainable and Prosperous Communities Tour, we’re showing Yukoners what real consultation and dialogue looks like.”

When asked about the Yukon government’s work, Yukoners were vocally opposed to the Peel Watershed appeal – a move that many people felt shows disrespect to both First Nation governments and to the planning process agreed to by both parties. The question of whether the government should build a 300-bed continuing care facility in Whitehorse – a complex that would effectively be the same size as the Village of Mayo – was repeatedly raised by Yukoners who have seen the positive effects of localized home care and who want their seniors and elders to remain a part of their community for as long as possible.

“Seniors and elders play an important role in their communities that can’t be taken for granted – and we heard that loud and clear during these meetings,” added Hanson. “Yukoners outside of Whitehorse are worried that sending seniors and elders to the capital for long-term treatment will remove them from their important role as community leaders.”

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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