Sitting recap: broken relationships underscore the Yukon Party's economic ineptitude

Reflecting on the end of a legislative sitting marked by skirmishes over divisive Yukon Party decisions, the Yukon NDP is emphasizing the need for more cooperation – and new leadership that puts Yukoners first. The Yukon Party government’s confrontational approach to its partners are damaging Yukon’s economy and the community’s faith in the territorial government.

“Yukon’s economy is shrinking and the mining industry is in rough shape because of the Yukon Party government’s divisive rhetoric. Through bad decisions like Bill S-6 and the Peel Watershed appeal, the Yukon government’s confrontational attitude towards First Nations has direct consequences on the mining industry,” said Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson. “Rather than provoking confrontation with Yukoners and forcing First Nation governments into court, Yukoners want a government that consults and collaborates with its partners in the community.”

Yukoners have vocally opposed contentious Yukon Party government decisions like their support for hydraulic fracturing and plans to build a 300-bed continuing care megaplex in Whitehorse. Meanwhile, First Nation goverments are increasingly forced to turn to the legal system to uphold the Umbrella Final Agreement. The Yukon Party’s unilateral changes to the Peel Watershed land use plan and the non-negotiated changes they proposed to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act through Bill S-6 undermine the relationship between the Yukon government and First Nation goverments.

In contrast to the Yukon Party, the Yukon NDP has a proven track record of consultation and cooperation with community stakeholders. This spring, the Yukon NDP caucus hit the road for the 17-stop Sustainable and Prosperous Communities Tour to better understand the needs of Yukoners – and articulated those discussions in the legislature. Yukoners told the Yukon NDP that they don’t want centralized continuing care services in Whitehorse like the Yukon Party’s controversial 300-bed megaplex – and they are angry that the government is not listening to municipalities and local advisory councils on important issues like municipal infrastructure and waste management.

“Yukoners have said repeatedly that they are tired of the old way of doing things,” added Hanson. “Yukoners have had enough of Yukon Party’s top-down approach to governance. This spring’s legislative sitting reinforced Yukoners’ desire for leadership that puts Yukoners first.”

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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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