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Yukon Party remains committed to bringing fibre diversity to Yukon

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 1, 2016

Yukon Party remains committed to bringing fibre diversity to Yukon

WHITEHORSE—Darrell Pasloski today reiterated the Yukon Party’s commitment to build the Dempster Highway fibre line. The project was first announced by Stacey Hassard in 2015 and the Yukon government has since been securing partnerships with the Government of Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada.

“Today’s outage once again demonstrates the critical need for fibre redundancy in Yukon,” Pasloski said. “During the recent federal election, the Liberal government committed to enhancing northern Internet access. We have been working with Canada to determine how we can partner on this project. In today’s world, outages like this one disrupt our daily lives and significantly impact Yukon businesses.”

The Dempster Highway project will complete a self-healing fibre loop in Northern Canada – allowing data to flow in another direction in the event of damage to the fibre at any point. This fibre loop will provide robust protection for Internet, telephone, cellular and credit card services as well as government and emergency 911 services where available.

“A new fibre optic line connecting the Yukon and NWT fibre networks is the best way to provide robust protection to critical telecommunications services in more Yukon communities,” Hassard said. “It will provide the best long-term, diversified infrastructure to support telecommunications services for Yukoners and local businesses.”

As part of the project, Northwestel committed to contributing its own capital to strengthening fibre infrastructure in Yukon, including extending the existing fibre line from Stewart Crossing to Dawson City.

Every single Yukon community will benefit from the introduction of increased redundancy under this model, with 10 Yukon communities along the fibre line gaining full redundancy.

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Contact:
Michael Edwards
Caucus Communications
867-667-8688

2016 spring sitting of the 33rd Yukon Legislative Assembly concludes

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 26, 2016

2016 spring sitting of the 33rd Yukon Legislative Assembly concludes

  • New budget passed with no net debt
  • Yukon Party government focuses on what’s most important to Yukoners

 

WHITEHORSE—The spring sitting of the 33rd Yukon Legislative Assembly (YLA) came to a close today with the passage of the 2016/17 Budget. The budget reflects the feedback heard by the Yukon Party team during the budget tour through Yukon communities and the Premier’s Community Conversations initiative.

“This is truly a budget that belongs to Yukoners, because it speaks to what they told us about their priorities,” Yukon Party Leader Darrell Pasloski said. “This budget is about building a brighter future by focusing on high-quality health care, a strong education system, investments in infrastructure and growing the economy. We remain the only party committed to building Yukon’s economy. As leader, it’s been a pleasure to work with this Yukon Party team over the past five years on our shared vision and our plan for Yukon’s prosperity.”

In addition to the budget, the assembly passed a new Student Financial Assistance Act that will increase access to funding for post-secondary education for all students in Yukon; the Chartered Professional Accountants Act at the request of industry members; the Income Tax Act to preserve fitness and arts tax credits for parents; and changes to the Placer Mining Act and the Quartz Mining Act to encourage and support more mineral exploration while recognizing our unique modern treaty environment. A number of important strategies for Yukoners were also tabled in the legislature, including the Yukon Health Status Report 2015, our Local Food Strategy for Yukon, and the Yukon Mental Wellness Strategy.

“Our focus is on supporting the quality of life that Yukoners enjoy and on building an even brighter future,” Pasloski added. “The Yukon Party will continue to stand for Yukoners on issues that matter to them. We will work to avoid deficits, maintain our no net debt status, oppose a carbon tax, care for Yukoners, and, now more than ever, stand up for our resource industry.”

Highlights of the 2016/2017 Budget include $1 million to implement our Mental Wellness Strategy, $2 million for the new Sarah Steele facility for alcohol and drug treatment and almost $22 million to complete the expansion of the Whitehorse General Hospital. In addition, it invests in Yukon families by providing $520,000 in new funding to provide $100 in school supplies for every child in Yukon, more educational assistants for Yukon communities, an increase to the number of hours of home care available to Yukoners, and maintaining the Yukon portion of the children’s fitness tax credit and the children’s arts tax credit.

“My colleagues and I look forward to going to the polls later this year,” said Pasloski. “We will work hard to earn the privilege to continue to serve, based on our demonstrated ability to deliver on our commitments, without mortgaging Yukoners’ futures.”

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Communications, Yukon Party Caucus
867-667-8688

Sandy Silver: You had one job

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 26, 2016

Sandy Silver: You had one job

  • Liberal leader misses final day of the 33rd Yukon Legislative Assembly
  • Silver left Thursday to attend the all weekend Liberal Party of Canada convention

 

WHITEHORSE—Premier Darrell Pasloski challenged Liberal Leader Sandy Silver’s priorities after Silver was absent on the final day of the 33rd Yukon Legislative Assembly.

“The first rule of leadership is to show up,” Premier Pasloski said. “All members are absent from the assembly for business from time to time, but ultimately we have one job – to vote on Yukoners’ business.”

By missing the final day of the sitting before an election this year, Silver will miss voting on the $1.392 billion of expenditures in the 2016/2017 Budget and amendments to the Quartz Mining Act and the Placer Mining Act.

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Caucus Communications
867-667-8688

Statement by the Premier regarding MLA David Laxton

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 19, 2016

Statement by the Premier regarding MLA David Laxton

 

“On Monday, May 9th, I was made aware of a third-party allegation of sexual harassment against Mr. Laxton.

“After the matter was raised with Mr. Laxton, he tendered his resignation as a member of the Yukon Party caucus and as Speaker.

“Out of respect for the privacy of the complainant who had not come forward to me directly or publicly, I was not able to make further public comment. To make the allegations public before the complainant or Mr. Laxton had done so would have been disrespectful and inappropriate.

“However, as a general statement and without making any comment on this specific circumstance, I can say that we take all accusations about sexual harassment extremely seriously. There is no place for that kind of behavior in this caucus or in our community.”

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Contact:
Elaine Schiman
Director of Communications
Yukon Party Caucus
867-667-8688

New Speaker is first woman in Yukon history to serve in the role

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 10, 2016

New Speaker is first woman in Yukon history to serve in the role

 

WHITEHORSE—Yukon Party MLA for Watson Lake Patti McLeod was elected today as the first female Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly, with Vuntut Gwitchin MLA Darius Elias elected as Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committee of the Whole.

“I am proud to have put forward MLA McLeod’s name as our new Speaker and MLA Elias as Deputy Speaker,” said Yukon Party Leader and Premier Darrell Pasloski. “I am especially pleased because MLA McLeod becomes the first woman in Yukon history to serve as Speaker of this assembly. She brings a great deal of experience and skill to her new role, having already served during this mandate as Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committee of the Whole. I am confident that she will do an excellent job in presiding over the work of this legislature in an impartial and fair manner.”

McLeod began serving as Speaker today, just after the legislative assembly resumed this afternoon.
“I am honoured to take on the new responsibility of Speaker of this assembly,” said McLeod. “I thank my fellow members for putting their trust in me and I will endeavour to serve this legislature and all Yukoners to the best of my ability.”

Elias also began acting in his new role this afternoon, during Committee of the Whole debate.

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Contact:
Elaine Schiman
Director of Communications
Yukon Party Caucus
867-667-8688