Yukon NDP caucus the progressive opposition that has your back

Yukon NDP Leader Liz Hanson and Takhini—Kopper King MLA Kate White have been sworn in as the New Democrat caucus of the Yukon Legislative Assembly.

Friends and family members looked on from the legislature’s public gallery this morning as Liz and Kate pledged to continue fighting for Yukoners. Both members of the legislature were re-elected during the fall vote that saw Yukoners reject the politics of confrontation, choosing instead a renewed push for respectful First Nation government relationships, a rejection of fracking, and overdue action to reduce poverty in Yukon.

“New Democrats have always put forward innovative and creative solutions for life in the north– both as government and on the opposition benches,” said Hanson. “Yukon’s new government must put its words into actions that help all Yukoners. Kate and I are excited to hold them to their word and to keep advancing issues that matter to Yukoners.”

In its recent campaign, the new government echoed many of the issues that the Yukon NDP Official Opposition had raised over the last five years. Yukoners can count on Liz and Kate to keep speaking up for Yukoners’ in the legislature and calling for progress that makes Yukoners better off and improves our territory’s sustainability. And we expect the new government to consider all government policies and initiatives through the lens of reconciliation.

Many Yukoners struggle to make ends meet as affordable housing remains sorely lacking and a subpar $11 hourly minimum wage continues to make life more difficult. Meanwhile, calls for reconciliation with First Nation governments are heard louder every day. The importance of fulfilling Yukon’s commitment to modernizing Yukon’s resource legislation, including revenue sharing, was highlighted this week with the news that the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation in the gold-rich Klondike were mailed a $69 cheque for last year’s royalties.

“As Yukon’s progressive opposition, we will hold the new government accountable for its pledges to improve First Nations relations. We’ll help them work harder to protect our water from fracking. We’ll continue supporting the movement to end poverty in Yukon – once and for all,” added White. “Our door at the legislature is always open to anyone who feels that the Government of Yukon can do more to make our communities thrive.”

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