After 45 days, the bow is now on the 2020 Fall Sitting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly.
The Yukon Party Official Opposition began the sitting expressing concern about some of the unintended consequences of public health restrictions, such as the need for mental health supports for Yukoners. MLAs went to work pushing issues including the MAD program relocation, and in-person instruction for Grades 10-12 students in Whitehorse.
Other pandemic-related issues brought up by the Official Opposition: the plans for a vaccine rollout, additional school buses, and tourism-related relief and recovery funding.
The Official Opposition passed one motion in regards to new supports for the aviation industry.
MLAs brought forward other motions, amendments, and two pieces of legislation as suggestions to help the government deal with the pandemic.
“Yukon Party MLAs have done their best to bring forward solutions and suggestions regarding issues that are affecting Yukoners in the Legislative Assembly,” said Official Opposition leader Stacey Hassard. “While almost all of our suggestions and proposals were rejected by the Liberal government, the Yukon Party has continued to raise questions on behalf of Yukoners.”
Members also brought issues pertaining to mining, business, health, education, and families to the assembly. Energy was also a concern; most notable a rate hike application that would raise the power bills of Yukoners.
Changes to the Taxpayer Protection Act were also brought to the house to provide greater financial accountability.
Official Opposition MLAs are looking forward to spending time in their ridings during the holiday season to hear from constituents not only about the fall session, but also about issues to bring forth in the New Year.