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
- New York City (x4)
- Paris (x2)
- Brussels (x2)
- Buenos Aires
“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.”