WHITEHORSE – On March 16 the Premier promised the mining industry that he would address their concerns for timelines and reassessments of development projects through a collaborative framework.
“The three parties have also committed to address industry concerns around timelines and re-assessments through a collaborative framework.” – Government of Yukon press release, March 16, 2017
After being pressed by the Official Opposition to provide an update on what they have done to fulfill this promise it became clear that the government has done nothing in 7 months.
Asked multiple times by the Official Opposition for a progress update, more details, or timelines, the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Resources provided no timeline or clear answer and instead chose to ignore the questions or point fingers.
“The Premier personally promised the mining industry that he would develop a collaborative framework to address their concerns,” said Stacey Hassard, Leader of the Official Opposition. “It’s very concerning that the government has taken no action to fulfill this promise and has instead chosen to point fingers and deflect.”
The federal bill C-17 is currently being debated in the House of Commons, and last Spring all members of the Yukon Legislative Assembly passed a unanimous motion in support of the bill. The motion also called on the Yukon Liberals to live up to their promise to address industry concerns going forward.