FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2022
WHITEHORSE - The Yukon Party Official Opposition is calling on the Yukon Liberal government to update Yukoners on the timelines for reviews of their government’s mishandling of the sexual assault at Hidden Valley Elementary School, in particular, the Amanda Rogers review.
“The Liberals have denied answers to the Hidden Valley school parents who have sought them since last summer,” Lake Laberge MLA Brad Cathers said. “The Minister of Education committed to releasing the review by Ms. Rogers by January 31, and the government should communicate to Yukoners how and when the report will be shared. They should also disclose if parents will be asked to wait longer for real answers.”
In a historic vote in Canadian politics, a majority of MLAs voted for the Deputy Premier to resign from Cabinet over her failure to notify parents of a sexual assault at Hidden Valley School, and refusal to answer legitimate questions. In addition, MLAs have expressed support for a public inquiry into the matter.
However, the Premier and Deputy Premier have dismissed the vote by the Yukon Legislative Assembly as she continues to hold Cabinet positions. The Liberal government has also refused to call a public inquiry.
The Yukon Party Official Opposition still supports a fully independent public inquiry that dates back to when the convicted former employee was first hired and includes an examination of the decisions made and direction provided by the Deputy Premier, the Premier, and political staff.