WHITEHORSE – The global COVID-19 pandemic has created growing uncertainty for Yukoners. As a result of this uncertainty, the Yukon Party recognizes the importance of political parties providing a unified front for Yukoners. That is why, in an unprecedented move, and after negotiations initiated by the Yukon Party, Members of the Legislative Assembly agreed to sit late into the evening to debate and vote on the 2020-21 territorial budget.
As part of these negotiations, the Yukon Party secured a commitment by the government to permanently fund continuous glucose monitoring for Yukoners up to 18 years of age, as well as introducing a glucose monitoring project for adults over 18. This was essential in part because those living with Type 1 diabetes are especially at risk of severe complications as a result of COVID-19.
“We are proud to have fought for this commitment as it will have a real and lasting impact on the lives of many Yukoners,” said Stacey Hassard, Leader of the Official Opposition. “I want to thank Premier Sandy Silver and NDP Leader Kate White for working with the Yukon Party to get this done.”
This builds on the work the Yukon Party has been doing to promote collaboration between all parties to prepare and respond to the impacts of COVID-19. This includes proposing an all-party committee to develop solutions to the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Yukoners and businesses across the territory.
“Although we recognize the urgency of concluding debate on the budget so the government can focus on its response to COVID-19, we will continue to hold the government to account for its actions and spending decisions on behalf of all Yukoners,” Hassard added.