Corporate tax cuts won't help Yukoners make ends meet

Yukon NDP MLAs applaud legislative agenda, raise concerns over budget priorities 

Yukon NDP MLAs questioned the government’s intention to reduce corporate tax by 20% at a time when working people in Yukon are struggling to make ends meet.

“I can tell you that in the last campaign, not one of my constituents said that they wanted to see more corporate tax cuts” said Takhini Kopper King MLA Kate White. “Yukoners want a decent minimum wage, protection for tenants and mobile home owners – not corporate tax cuts. There are people working hard out there who just can’t catch a break and sadly, the government chose to cut corporate tax instead of helping them.”

Yukon NDP Leader Liz Hanson also pointed to a major broken promise by the new government when it comes to energy retrofit investments. The budget address mentions a mere $200,000 in Energy retrofit projects when the government had promised $30 million yearly.

“Energy retrofit was a major plank of the Liberal environmental platform – and I’m not afraid to say it was a good proposal” said Hanson. “Energy retrofits create jobs, reduce long term costs and help our environment. I think many Yukoners will be disappointed to see them drop this commitment in their very first budget.”

These budget priorities are disappointing to MLA Kate White who had welcomed the government’s legislative agenda.

“This government started on the right foot with their Legislative agenda. Making National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday and protecting the rights of transgender Yukoners are great steps in the right direction and we applaud them for that. It made us hopeful for this budget, but cutting corporate taxes by 20% when there is no mention of poverty reduction in the budget speech is just not right. They clearly have their priorities wrong on this one” said White.

Yukon NDP MLAs pointed to a few positive steps taken in the budget namely a $1.5M investment in First Nation Housing Program and the addition of addictions and mental wellness workers in communities outside Whitehorse.