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Yukon Party MLAs ask federal government to reinstate fitness & arts tax credits

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 14, 2016

Yukon Party MLAs ask federal government to reinstate fitness & arts tax credits

  • Tax credits assist Yukon families to enroll children in important activities

 

WHITEHORSE—A motion urging the Government of Canada to reinstate the Canada Child Fitness Tax Credit and Canada Child Arts Tax Credit was passed by the Yukon Legislative Assembly yesterday.

“This tax credit is a valuable benefit for Yukon families which encourages them to enroll children in positive, developmental activities that teach important skills and values,” Vuntut Gwitchin MLA Darius Elias said. “Over the past decade, there have been numerous investments by the Yukon government in support of sports, recreation and arts, including infrastructure throughout Yukon. The Yukon Party government is a devoted supporter of both sports and the arts and our MLAs believe these tax credits complement these important investments.”

In addition to the motion, the Yukon government has tabled amendments to the Income Tax Act that preserve the Yukon Child Fitness Tax Credit and the Yukon Child Arts Tax Credit.

“Yukoners are passionate about sports and the arts, and our community involvement is one of the things that makes Yukon the best place to live,” Premier Darrell Pasloski said. “Yukon families have shown that these tax credits encourage children’s participation in the many different clubs, leagues and classes that they enjoy so much. Yukon Party MLAs want to do what we can to provide Yukon families with opportunities, and preserving these tax credits will help do just that.”

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

Yukon Liberal leader fails Yukoners and defends cuts to transfer payments

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 11, 2016

Yukon Liberal leader fails Yukoners and defends cuts to transfer payments

  • Sandy Silver used first question to spin and defend cuts to federal transfers
  • Federal transfers were cut by $6.5 million this year

 

WHITEHORSE—Today Premier Darrell Pasloski challenged Yukon Liberal leader Sandy Silver for using his first question of the spring sitting in a vain attempt to shift the blame for federal transfer cuts to Yukon.

“Yukoners are disappointed that instead of representing their interests, the Yukon Liberal leader chose to defend cuts to our transfer payments,” Pasloski said. “Those cuts harm Yukon and Yukoners, and responsibility rests solely with the current federal government. His actions demonstrate that when it comes to choosing between what is best for Yukon and what is best for the Liberals, he’ll choose the Liberals.”

Yukon government was first informed of a $23 million cut to the territorial formula financing late in 2015. Pasloski immediately fought for Yukoners and convinced the federal Finance minister to reinstate a portion of the cut. The $6.5 million that were cut from transfers were part of Yukon’s long-term revenue projections and the revenue losses will compound year-over-year.

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

Whistle Bend continuing care facility not a “pre-fab”, will put Yukoners to work

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 11, 2016

Whistle Bend continuing care facility not a “pre-fab”, will put Yukoners to work

  • Liberal leader is once again relaying inaccurate information to Yukon residents
  • Facility will be built here in Whitehorse, is not being “shipped up”

WHITEHORSE—Following some recent comments by Liberal leader Sandy Silver, it’s time to set the record straight about the Whistle Bend continuing care facility.

Mr. Silver recently commented to CBC news that the new facility “is a ‘pre-fab’ — that it is being built down south and shipped up.” Unfortunately, the Liberal leader is once again relaying inaccurate information to Yukon residents.

While some steel and washroom components will be pre-fabricated in B.C., the vast majority of the construction of this much-needed facility is traditional, and will take place here in Whitehorse.

The Liberal leader also commented on the project’s price tag, comparing it to a similar project in Saskatchewan. Oversimplified apples-to-oranges comparisons with other facilities in Canada are not helpful, due to the many differences between the projects, such as level of care, location, design, construction and procurement methods.

“This type of criticism makes it clear that the Yukon Party is the only party that supports the construction of this much-needed facility,” Minister of Health and Social Services Mike Nixon said. “This project will put hundreds of Yukoners to work and provide the best possible care for those who need it.”

The project budget of $146.6 million dollars is indeed a large number. However, this figure is not just the cost of construction. It is the total project cost, and accounts for everything including land, site services, medical equipment, beds and furnishings, kitchen equipment, information technology and project management.

The Whistle Bend Continuing Care facility is one of the largest capital projects in Yukon history. The Government of Yukon followed a rigorous procurement process that was fair, open and extremely competitive. We are confident that Yukon taxpayers are getting value for money on this project, which is now on track to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

“This year, our government has prioritized spending in the areas where it’s needed most,” Minister of Highways and Public Works Scott Kent said. “We are focused on strengthening our local economy, giving students a better education, ensuring Yukoners have access to the best possible health care, and investing in infrastructure.”

Our government has been responsibly planning for the future of long-term care in Yukon, and we are certain that the Whistle Bend Continuing Care facility will be something that Yukoners can be proud of for many years to come.

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Cabinet Communications
867-393-6470
dan.macdonald@gov.yk.ca

Yukon Party welcomes re-elected Saskatchewan Party

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2016

Yukon Party welcomes re-elected Saskatchewan Party

WHITEHORSE—Premier Darrell Pasloski has extended his congratulations to re-elected Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party.

“Congratulations to Premier Wall and the Saskatchewan Party on their electoral victory. It is a testament to the success of regionally focused parties that put their jurisdictions first,” Pasloski said. “Like the Yukon Party, Premier Wall and the Saskatchewan Party were first elected after years of economic struggle, with residents forced to move to other parts of the country to find work. The victory in Saskatchewan shows that voters have once again recognized the Saskatchewan Party’s success in growing the economy, creating jobs, building communities, and providing families with opportunities to succeed.”

The Saskatchewan Party won a third consecutive majority government and Saskatchewan’s achievements mirror Yukon’s under the Yukon Party. Both parties have charted a path towards growth with low taxes, targeted investments for youth and seniors, improving health care and investing in important infrastructure projects.

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Cabinet Communications
867-393-6470
dan.macdonald@gov.yk.ca

Yukoners condemn Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and anti-Semitism

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2016

Yukoners condemn Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and anti-Semitism

  • BDS movement has been described as “parlour room anti-Semitism” and “un-Canadian”
  • House of Commons passes motion yesterday

WHITEHORSE—On behalf of Yukoners, Yukon Party leader Darrell Pasloski today expressed support for an independent Jewish state and has fully rejected the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Canada.

“The vast majority of Yukoners condemn discrimination in all its forms, including the BDS movement,” Pasloski said. “All Yukon leaders should send that clear message to Canadians and the international community.”

The vote was passed by the majority of both the Conservative and Liberal caucuses. Yukon MP Larry Bagnell was one of three Liberal MPs to vote against the motion, along with New Democratic Party and the Bloc Quebecois.

“There is growing international recognition that the BDS movement is veiled anti-Semitism,” Pasloski added. “As Canadians, we must speak up strongly and clearly again discrimination in all its forms.”

There has been prominent opposition to the BDS movement over the past decade. During the recent federal election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated his belief that the movement is a new form of anti-Semitism. On February 22nd, columnist Warren Kinsella tweeted that the movement was “parlour room anti-Semitism” and congratulated the Conservatives and Liberals for supporting the motion. Conservative MP Tony Clement said that the issue was non-partisan and required a strong statement from Parliament.

France outlawed the BDS movement in 2003 and Great Britain recently announced plans to become the second major European nation to take that step.

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Cabinet Communications
867-393-6470
dan.macdonald@gov.yk.ca