Yukon NDP caucus ready to represent Yukoners in the legislature

As the clock counts down to one of the last pre-election sittings of the Yukon legislature, the Yukon NDP caucus is outlining the top priorities it has heard from Yukoners over the summer. Yukoners have been vocal about those priorities through unprecedented levels of citizen advocacy – and the Yukon NDP caucus is ready to echo the community’s voices in the legislature on the issues that matter the most.

“Too many Yukoners are having trouble finding good jobs. With the Wolverine mine closure, and now Cantung, it’s clear that the Yukon Party government’s mining-first economic approach is holding us back. They have no vision for a more diverse Yukon economy,” said Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson. “Here’s what we’ve heard from Yukoners: housing is not affordable. It’s harder than ever to make ends meet. First Nations and municipal governments do not feel like the Yukon Party government is treating them like partners. And the Yukon Party government doesn’t speak for Yukoners anymore.”

Through community meetings, barbecues and town hall events, the Yukon NDP caucus has been listening. At a continuing care town hall in September, over a hundred Yukoners packed into Hellaby Hall to share their concerns about the backroom decision to build a 300-bed continuing care facility in the Whistle Bend subdivision. At that meeting, former Yukon Party health minister Doug Graham took the unprecedented step of acknowledging that Yukoners’ concerns with its location were valid – although his government continues to ignore Yukoners’ frustrations and pursue its original plan.

The public can count on the NDP to raise their issues, hold the government accountable and lay forth a vision for the territory that meets their priorities and expectations.

Yukoners can expect the Yukon NDP caucus to hold the Yukon Party government to account on issues like:

  • Poor capital investment decisions and a lack of support for Yukon businesses seeking contracting work
  • Refusing to negotiate in good faith with First Nation governments on issues like the Peel Watershed and Bill S-6
  • Opening the door to hydraulic fracturing in Yukon – despite overwhelming opposition from the scientific community and the Yukon public

“Yukoners are more enthusiastic than ever for change. We’ve seen people packed shoulder-to-shoulder in the legislature, huge demonstrations and unprecedented petition drives,” added Hanson. “My caucus and I are listening – and we hear you loud and clear. You can count on the Yukon NDP caucus to be our community’s voice against a government that just doesn’t care.”