Yukon NDP caucus bringing Yukoners' voices to the legislature

This session, the Yukon NDP caucus is focused on echoing the vision for a fairer, more sustainable Yukon shared by people across the territory. Whether it's Bill S-6 or a 300-bed continuing care facility in Whistle Bend, a lack of consultation has left the Yukon Party government in the dark about what Yukoners see as priorities for our territory.

The Yukon NDP caucus plans to make its initial focus the repeal of Bill S-6, which amends the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and which was the focus of another potential court action by Yukon First Nation governments. Introduced by the former Conservative government with unilateral amendments added at the request of the Yukon Party government, the new federal government has pledged to repeal the controversial amendments contained in Bill S-6.

"People are hopeful that we can have the kind of relationship with First Nations governments that everyone deserves," said Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson. "We are on the brink of having Bill S-6’s controversial amendments repealed by a new federal government, and this is an opportunity for Yukoners to tell Ottawa – together – how the Yukon government and First Nations had agreed to amend our made-in-Yukon legislation. The Yukon Party government needs to seize this opportunity to turn the page on a divisive approach that has created economic uncertainty for our territory."

Yukoners have also been clear about their opposition to a 300-bed continuing care facility in Whitehorse's Whistle Bend, opting instead to call for greater investment in home care and other care options that reduce the need for such a large, centralized facility.

"At our continuing care town hall this fall, it was made clear that while we do need to make investments in continuing care –we also need to make the whole spectrum of seniors' care a bigger priority," added Hanson. "My team is ready to bring Yukoners' voices to the legislature and advocate on their behalf to a government that has yet to prove a willingness to listen."

Hanson also expressed dismay at the Premier’s statement this morning on CBC that there is “not a lot” of work to do. “From community nursing to housing to Yukon’s renewable energy future, I think most Yukoners would agree that this government has a lot of work to do. And it isn’t reassuring that the Premier doesn’t seem to see things this way.”

"Whether it's standing up for respectful relationships with First Nations governments or working towards a sustainable health care future, the Yukon NDP caucus is working for Yukoners."