The Yukon NDP Official Opposition is calling on the Yukon Party government, as the territory’s largest employer, to pull its weight by hiring its fair share of apprentice tradespeople. Yukon NDP MLA Kate White, the only journeyperson currently elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly, is taking the government to task over the news that the Yukon government only employs four out of a pool of 483 registered Yukon apprentices.Read more
Nearly a hundred Yukon New Democrats packed into the Wheelhouse restaurant on Saturday afternoon to salute former Yukon premier Tony Penikett, who formed the first Yukon NDP government 30 years ago in May, 1985. Looking ahead to the imminent Yukon elections, many speakers noted the similarities between the undemocratic tenure of Penikett’s predecessor, the Progressive Conservative premier Willard Phelps, and the modern-day Yukon Party’s unwillingness to listen to partners in municipal and First Nation governments.Read more
This is an excerpt from a speech Yukon NDP education critic Jim Tredger gave in the Yukon Legislative Assembly on 22 April, 2015.
Any day that education is discussed in the Legislature is a good day.
Education plays a critical role in all of our lives and it is a continuous process throughout our lives, so I thank the member. This is the right priority. However, I do have to question how we are going about it. I’m not sure exactly what the government is proposing here. I wonder what the value is of embarking on a major curriculum change. It could be completed in two months, or two years — we’re not sure. The Premier, in his speech, mentioned a couple of months — the minister said a couple of years. I suspect that to overhaul our curriculum will take a lot longer, and it is a lot more involved than what is being proposed.
As a principal and former educator, I’m proud of our students. I’m proud of what they’ve done — the universities around the world they’ve attended, the jobs they’ve done in our communities. I’m proud of our school councils and our parents, the First Nations and their belief and involvement in our schools. Much has been accomplished.Read more