WHITEHORSE – The Liberals are refusing to release a report conducted on the safety of highways and the need for guard rails across the territory, despite increased concerns from Yukoners about the government’s disregard for areas with the highest need.
In November 2017, the Minister of Highways and Public Works stated that the government would be assessing the guardrail requirements across the Yukon over the winter months of 2017/18. In October 2018 the Official Opposition requested a copy of this assessment. In March of this year, the MLA for Mayo-Tatchun confirmed that the safety assessment was completed and that it had identified stretches of highway that could benefit from the addition of guardrails as a safety precaution.
Unfortunately, despite being asked by the Official Opposition to provide a copy of the assessment over a year ago, the Liberals are refusing to make the document public.
“The Liberals have claimed that the safety assessment has been completed and they should be open and transparent by making it public,” stated Stacey Hassard, Official Opposition Highways Critic. “The Liberals’ lack of transparency on this only raises questions about what they have to hide. Yukoners should know what areas the government needs to improve highway safety and prioritize the installation of guardrails.”