FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2023
WHITEHORSE – Yukon Party Official Opposition Leader Currie Dixon hosted members of Public Accounts Committees from across the country in Whitehorse for the 44th annual conference of the Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees (CCPAC). Dixon is chair of the Yukon Legislative Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee and president of CCPAC for 2023.
CCPAC gathers parliamentarians and legislators from across the country, as well as Auditor Generals from Ottawa, and all provinces and territories.
Dixon opened the two-day conference at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Monday morning and later led a panel discussion about national defence, the impact of global events on Canada, and ensuring the protection of Canadians. Topics included Arctic defence and security, overall defence budgeting, and the impacts of defence spending and procurement.
“The history of the North has demonstrated the potential impacts of defence spending, and how it not only transforms local society and the economy but improves Canada’s overall presence in the Arctic,” said Dixon. “This is why after recent geopolitical events I have called for a fully built-out Canadian Armed Forces base in the Yukon, as well as short and longer-term improvements to our military presence in the North.”
Other discussions during the conference included an update from each public accounts committee and audit office, cybersecurity threats, collaborating on climate change solutions, and government accountability.
The conference concludes on Tuesday, September 12.