This is a letter to the editor that was submitted to local media on February 25, 2019 by Brad Cathers, MLA for Lake Laberge.
The Yukon Liberal government has begun a public engagement about their proposed approach to regulating off-road vehicles in the Yukon. Issues related to off-road vehicle use are important, and many Yukoners are passionate about their view point. We encourage all Yukoners to take time to look at the government’s proposed approach and fill out the survey, or submit written comments.
In 2010 and 2011, public consultations conducted by the All-Party Committee on the Safe Operation and Use of Off-Road Vehicles had one of the highest participation levels in Yukon history. The committee heard directly from over 2,500 Yukoners, and reached unanimous agreement on their final report to the Legislative Assembly.
We are concerned Premier Silver’s government appears to be straying away from some of the unanimous recommendations made by the committee.
Notably, recommendation #1 from the unanimous all-party committee report was: “THAT, legislation and regulations governing the use of off-road vehicles are inclusive of all and do not exclude anyone to the advantage of another.”
The report also states: “In our recommendations, we attempt to be fair and balanced to all user groups and citizens, and acknowledge the importance of appropriately protecting environment and wildlife.” In its newly proposed approach, the Liberal government appears to be straying off on a different trail.
The Official Opposition is also concerned that some of the questions on the survey appear to be biased, and seem to be steering people to give the answer government wants to hear. If you share our concerns about these leading questions, we encourage you to make your voice heard.
If you can, please take the time to tell government what you think in your own words.
You can access the survey here: https://engageyukon.ca/en/2019/regulating-road-vehicles-yukon