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Speaker of Yukon Legislative Assembly Resigns

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 10, 2016

Speaker of Yukon Legislative Assembly Resigns

 

WHITEHORSE—Speaker David Laxton has informed the Premier that he is resigning from the role of Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly and from the Yukon Party Caucus, for personal reasons.

“I have been privileged to serve as Speaker these past four and a half years,” said Laxton. “However, I have decided that at this time, I need to step back from this role and focus on personal matters.”

Laxton will continue to serve the residents of Porter Creek Centre as an Independent MLA in the Yukon Legislative Assembly.

“It’s important that my constituents continue to have a representative so I will honour my commitment to them in this difficult time,” added Laxton.

A vote will be held in the Yukon Legislative Assembly today to determine who will serve as Speaker for the remainder of this mandate.

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

Petition confirms Yukon Liberals will cancel continuing care project if elected

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 9, 2016

Petition confirms Yukon Liberals will cancel continuing care project if elected

  • Yukon Liberals circulating petition to stop work on project
  • Denials demonstrated to be damage control and electioneering

 

WHITEHORSE—A petition demanding that Yukon government stop work on the continuing care facility is being circulated by the Yukon Liberals. The petition demonstrates that if elected the Yukon Liberal Party wants to, and is actively seeking ways to, cancel the continuing care project.

“We have always believed that the Yukon Liberal Party would cancel the Whistle Bend continuing care facility,” Premier Darrell Pasloski said. “The Liberal leader has articulated his desire to build smaller facilities throughout the territory, which would bankrupt our healthcare system, and the Liberal candidate in Whitehorse Centre has made stopping the work a centerpiece of her campaign.”

The Liberals have previously asked Yukoners to follow the example of the Alberta government, which cancelled a continuing care facility after getting elected. That cancellation cost Alberta taxpayers millions of dollars and is expected to massively delay the project completion date.

“We continue to hear from Yukoners, family members and health professionals that these continuing care beds are urgently needed,” Minister of Health and Social Services Mike Nixon said. “The Liberals should explain to those families why they would further delay giving their loved ones the care they need.”

Dozens of Yukoners are currently on the waitlist for continuing care beds, and others occupy beds in Whitehorse General Hospital that could be used for other services. The Whistle Bend continuing care beds are estimated to cost $500 per day per bed, while hospital beds being used for the same purpose cost $2400 per day per bed.

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Caucus Communications
867-667-8688
dan.macdonald@gov.yk.ca

Bill 107 flawed, needs more work by all-party committee

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 4, 2016

Bill 107 flawed, needs more work by all-party committee

  • The Yukon NDP Bill 107 amending the Elections Act failed to address third party spending
  • NDP chose not to propose campaign financing changes during the all-party review and voted in support of proposed amendments

 

WHITEHORSE—The Yukon Party is open to discussing amendments to campaign financing invites all parties to discuss proposed amendments via an all-party committee. The Yukon Party has always taken an inclusive approach with regards to the fundamental law that governs our democracy.

“We have always held that changes to the Elections Act should have broad, multi-party support and that no one party should unilaterally attempt to force through changes that affect how Yukoners select their representatives,” said Brad Cathers, a member of the all-party Member Services Board. “This approach encourages all parties to work together and aims to avoid grandstanding or gaming the system on such an important piece of legislation.”

During the Chief Electoral Officer’s review of the Elections Act, campaign financing was identified as an area that parties may wish to discuss. In addition to donations, the report identified third-party spending, riding association spending, and leadership campaigns as areas currently not covered, but worthy of discussion. All Member Services Board members, including the Leader of the Yukon NDP, concurred to not discuss those topics collectively.

“We see this for what it is. The Yukon NDP are grandstanding in an election year,” added Currie Dixon, member of Member Services Board. “If they had a legitimate interest in making changes to campaign financing, they would have raised this when we conducted the all-party review of the act. It also rings hollow that they would table a bill banning Outside donations, mere days after holding a fundraiser in Edmonton.”

Amendments to the Elections Act passed unanimously by the Yukon Legislative Assembly last fall included nine pages dealing with campaign financing. The exact clauses Bill 107 proposes to change were amended unanimously at that time and the NDP failed to propose any changes then, or at Member Services Board.

The Yukon Party is happy to re-engage and have a full discussion on all identified areas of campaign financing, in particular third-party spending. Lack of oversight on third-party spending allows US-style Super PACs to advertise and influence the political process.

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Caucus Communications
867-667-8688
dan.macdonald@gov.yk.ca

Yukon MLAs urge Bank of Canada to ensure inclusion of northern women

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 28, 2016

Yukon MLAs urge Bank of Canada to ensure inclusion of northern women

  • Recommendation to include three Yukon women on new bank notes
  • Motion receives unanimous support

 

WHITEHORSE—A motion urging the Governor of the Bank of Canada to consider featuring a Yukon woman on a new Canadian bank note was passed unanimously yesterday in the Yukon Legislative Assembly.

The motion urges the governor to consider three notable Yukon women: Martha Louise Purdy Black, OBE, the second woman ever to be elected to the House of Common of Canada; Tagish storyteller Angela Sidney, CM; and Shaaw Tláa, also known as Kate Carmack, co-discoverer of gold in the Klondike.

The motion also asks the Bank of Canada to ensure that Canadian women will continue to be featured on future bank notes, in recognition of their many contributions to shaping history and life in Canada. Lastly, the motion encourages the Bank of Canada to include women from Yukon and the North on its Independent Bank Note Advisory Council.

“There are so many notable women in our history,” Watson Lake MLA Patti McLeod said. “We have Canadian women who were pioneers in their fields, in everything from medicine to politics to leadership.”

The Government of Canada announced on International Women’s Day in March that the Bank of Canada would undertake public consultation to select an iconic Canadian woman to be featured on the first bank note of its next series.

“This motion follows up on a letter that I sent to Governor Poloz earlier this spring,” Yukon Party Leader Darrell Pasloski said. “These three women made great contributions to life and history in the North, and their contributions to Yukon and Canada make them very suitable candidates to represent Canadian women on a bank note.”

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Caucus Communications
867-667-8688
dan.macdonald@gov.yk.ca

Timing of Yukon NDP Election Act amendments raises questions

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 19, 2016

Timing of Yukon NDP Election Act amendments raises questions

  • Elections Act amendments were just completed last fall to provide clarity for everyone in advance of this year’s election
  • Amendments were unanimously identified and passed by all parties

 

WHITEHORSE—The Yukon Party Caucus is questioning the timing of a Bill tabled today by the NDP that would amend the Elections Act and is asking why they waited for an election year to bring this proposal forward.

“There have been multiple opportunities for the NDP to bring forward this type of proposal over the past two years, including when the Elections Act was amended four months ago,” Government House Leader Darius Elias said. “That the NDP has waited until an election year to bring this proposal forward is telling.”

In a motion tabled today, Elias outlined the numerous opportunities that the NDP had to bring forward this proposal over the past years including when the Chief Electoral Officer of Yukon conducted a review of the Elections Act and sought input from political parties, when the all-party Member Services Board reviewed the Chief Electoral Officer’s recommendations and agreed on amendments, or when amendments to the Elections Act were put forward for debate in the Legislature.

“The Yukon Party is open to discussing further reform of the Elections Act, but we’re disappointed in the unilateral approach taken by the NDP,” said Currie Dixon, a member of the all-party Member Services Board. “The approach we have taken with regards to the fundamental law that governs our elections is that changes should have broad, multi-party support and that no one party should unilaterally attempt to force through changes that affect how Yukoners select their representatives.”

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Caucus Communications
867-667-8688
dan.macdonald@gov.yk.ca