Prime Minister Trudeau Takes 668 Days to Finally Visit Yukon

WHITEHORSE – After 668 days as Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has finally decided to travel north to Yukon – the only jurisdiction in the country he has yet to visit.

The Prime Minister’s two-year-long snub of the territory is symbolic of a lack of focus placed by this Liberal government on Canada’s northern peoples. Over the course of the first half of his mandate, the Prime Minister has:

  • Cut territorial transfers to Yukon by $6.5 million annually,
  • Reduced health funding to northern jurisdictions where the cost of service delivery is even higher than in the South,
  • Unilaterally banned resource development without consulting Yukoners, and;
  • Failed to make any improvements to Nutrition North Canada.

While it took him two years to finally find time in his busy schedule to visit and place a priority on Yukon, here is a list of places that Prime Minister Trudeau did find time to visit:

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • The Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas
  • Rome
  • Malta
  • New York City (x4)
  • Paris (x2)
  • Switzerland
  • Brussels (x2)
  • Madagascar
  • Buenos Aires
  • Havana
  • Ireland

“It’s time for the federal government to stop treating Yukon as an afterthought,” said Official Opposition Leader Stacey Hassard. “Further, Premier Silver needs to do a better job of ensuring that Yukon is taken seriously on the national stage.”



Madison Pearson
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