Yukon NDP to hold continuing care consultation as government ignores Yukoners

As the Yukon Party government doubles down on its controversial plan to build a now-150-bed continuing care facility in Whistle Bend, the Yukon NDP is inviting the public to a town hall meeting on continuing care on September 16th in Whitehorse. The complex, dubbed a “nightmare” by the Yukon government’s assistant deputy minister for continuing care for being located in “an empty field with no community”, was developed without any consultation with Yukoners, Yukon seniors’ groups or health care professionals.

“Consultation is the cornerstone of our democracy, but the Yukon Party seems to be afraid of what they might hear,” said Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson. “Whether it’s the Peel watershed, fracking or continuing care, Darrell Pasloski and the Yukon Party government continues to tell Yukoners what they think is best – no matter what the public says.”

The Yukon NDP’s announcement forms part of a wider commitment to listening to Yukoners on the issues that matter to our communities. During its spring tour of 17 Yukon communities, Yukoners repeatedly expressed anxiety over the future of continuing care, and seniors and Elders’ ability to age in place – issues that the Yukon NDP raised on behalf of Yukoners during the subsequent legislative sitting.

“A Yukon NDP government would listen to Yukoners before – not after – the planning process wraps up. This town hall meeting is an example of how we would do things differently,” added Hanson. “I look forward to a robust and frank discussion about what we can – and should – do to ensure that our seniors and Elders can choose the best possible care for their circumstances, be it home care or continuing care, as they age.”

The Yukon NDP’s continuing care town hall meeting will take place on September 16th at Hellaby Hall (4th Avenue and Elliot Street, Whitehorse) from 5 to 7pm.