WHITEHORSE – A public engagement on the updated Yukon Agriculture Policy was completed by the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources in the summer of 2018.
In the Legislative Assembly on April 16, 2019, the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Resources said that the policy would be completed no later than Summer 2019.
“We are expecting the completion of our policy no later than this summer.” – Minister Pillai (Hansard, page 4460, April 16, 2019)
Nearly two years after the public engagement and almost a year after the timeline the Liberals gave for completion of the policy, Yukon farmers, market gardeners, processors and others are wondering why this has been delayed for so long.
“People are wondering why the Minister committed the revised agriculture policy was going to be completed last summer - and yet the government has stalled for nearly a year on finishing that work,” said Brad Cathers, Official Opposition Critic for Agriculture. “While we are happy an updated policy has finally been announced and we will review and discuss it with Yukoners, once again the Liberal government has failed to meet their own timelines.”
The Liberals’ inability to meet timelines and properly manage projects is a running theme of their past several years in government. They have consistently missed deadlines and failed to live up to their commitments to Yukoners.