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AN IMPORTANT AGREEMENT – Premier Ranj Pillai and NDP Leader Kate White shake hands at this morning’s news conference at the Jim Smith Building. The Liberals and the third party have extended the Confidence and Supply Agreement that ensures the minority government’s survival.

Extended CASA contains host of new measures

A renewed agreement between the governing Liberals and the territory’s NDP provides for the elimination of no-cause evictions and eventual free transit service in Whitehorse.

By Ethan Lycan-Lang on January 31, 2023

A renewed agreement between the governing Liberals and the territory’s NDP provides for the elimination of no-cause evictions and eventual free transit service in Whitehorse.

The extension of the Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA) ensures the government will be able to avoid a general election until 2025.

Meanwhile, the third party continues to receive support for its initiatives on issues like housing, affordability and health care.

The leaders of both parties, Liberal Premier Ranj Pillai and the NDP’s Kate White, announced the CASA extension this morning. The agreement had been set to expire today.

The new deal comes with new legislative and policy initiatives the government must advance in order to retain NDP support.

These initiatives focus on housing, health care, education, affordability, reconciliation and the environment.

Policies and initiatives from the 2021 CASA will remain.

The minimum wage, for instance, will continue to increase annually based on Whitehorse’s consumer price index (CPI).

Rent control, too, will remain in place, though it’s been modified.

Landlords will still be restricted to raise their rent annually based on the CPI, but that increase will be capped at a minimum of two per cent, and a maximum of five per cent.

More broadly on the housing front, the new CASA has committed the government to eliminate no-cause evictions and review the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

The agreement focuses on making life more affordable for Yukoners as well.

The territory will fund the City of Whitehorse to make public transit free.

The Yukon Child Benefit rate will increase annually based on inflation.

Those receiving social assistance will get a monthly $100 increase until a more comprehensive enhancement to social assistance rates is in place following a review.

In health care and education, the government is committed to spending money to recruit and retain professionals.

Over the next three budgets, $1 million each year will be spent recruiting and retaining rural education professionals across the territory, while $2 million will be spent annually to recruit and retain health care professionals.

Under the new CASA, a new walk-in health clinic must be opened by next January.

Last year, the government failed to follow through on its promise to open a walk-in clinic, so the territory is currently without one. 

The government will also work to cover expenses for fertility treatment and surrogacy. 

Investments in renewable energy, and commitments to co-developing and implementing updated mining legislation with Yukon’s First Nations communities are also initiatives outlined in the new CASA.

“The extended Confidence and Supply Agreement will allow again for strong, stable leadership to address the challenges Yukoners are facing,” Pillai told reporters at the Jim Smith Building.

He said housing, affordability, the environment, access to health care and education, and reconciliation are top priorities outlined in the agreement.

“Under the leadership of Kate White, the NDP has demonstrated a willingness to work with our government to improve the lives of Yukoners.” 

The two parties first signed an agreement following the April 2021 election in which the Yukon Liberals lost their majority in the legislature, tying the Yukon Party with eight seats.

The agreement allowed the Liberals to form a minority government without fear of a non-confidence vote.

In exchange, the NDP pushed policies and initiatives with government support, leading to the territory’s new dental plan, rent control and a supervised consumption site in downtown Whitehorse for Yukoners struggling with substance use issues.

“Since I was first elected, my priority has always been to put Yukoners at the centre of my work, to hold them at the core of my decisions,” White said today. 

“I hear from people who are struggling to put food on the table and to pay for housing.

“I hear from Yukoners who are spending hours in the emergency room to get a prescription renewed.

“And I hear from parents who are worried about their children’s education, and their children’s mental health, and who just don’t know where to turn,” White addded. “And I know that by continuing to work together, we can do better.”

The new CASA comes into effect today and will end when an election is called after the 2025-26 budget is approved in the spring of 2025. A general election must be held in November 2025. 

Comments (64)

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martin on Feb 6, 2023 at 4:37 pm

Two minories governing ALL the people of the Yukon .... Sounds familiar?

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JC on Feb 6, 2023 at 9:46 am


Are you leaving?
Dont let the door hit you on the way out

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Groucho d'North on Feb 6, 2023 at 8:29 am

You are correct, I have some serious issues with our present method of governance and our so-called democracy. The democratic method is a simple one: it literally means, rule by the people, but the people have slowly given governments more authority and control over our lives in many diverse ways. My biggest complaint is they are absolutely unaccountable for their actions until the next election. They lie through their teeth to us and make tremendous errors in their policies for which we tax-payers pay the price.
The proposed changes to our electoral system "Proportional Representation' is an attempt to redesign the "Majority of votes wins" ethic. I see this as a method to give the least popular political parties or candidates a greater opportunity to join a government. More divergent voices at the table is the result, not a better representative democracy.
My first draft of this responce turned into a rant, so I will spare you that. Instead I reccommend you pay closer attention to what Canadians are complaining about. Start here: https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/canada-is-broken-poll.
You'll see that I am not alone in my viewpoints. You'll have a better understanding if you pay attention to the electorate rather than the politcians.

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Groucho d'North on Feb 4, 2023 at 9:43 am

@Bracelet guy
It appears to be a smart watch. I wonder if tells him how much time he has remaining as Premier?

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Ranj should be EMBARASSED! on Feb 3, 2023 at 8:00 pm

The NDP know when it's time for an impromptu party. The Liberal folded with the first punch. This is so bad that it's actually funny. The NDP can't even pretend that they expected things to turn out this well. "He went for it? Yeehaw! Let's party!"

"Event by Yukon New Democratic Party
The Guild Hall
Duration: 2 hr
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
It’s time to celebrate!
We’ve just signed a new agreement with the Liberal caucus, which has huge wins for Yukoners – free transit, a walk in medical clinic, and a ban on no-cause evictions (along with 30 more commitments!).
Join us for live music, trivia, cake, and great company. There’ll be snacks, a cash bar, and prizes. Fiddle and guitar duo Sour Do Re Mi will be entertaining us, and there are trivia prizes to be won if you know the right fun facts about your Yukon NDP team.
Everyone’s invited! See less"

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Landlord on Feb 3, 2023 at 11:06 am

And the change to evictions happens without ANY notice to landlords. That is absolutely unfair, imo.
The government better start working RIGHT NOW on increasing the size of the RTO, number of staff, number of hearings, etc.
We are turning into Ontario one not-so-little change at a time. So sad what is happening to our Yukon. Can we please have an election already?

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Bracelet guy on Feb 3, 2023 at 5:26 am

What's the deal with Ranj's strange bracelet?

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EJ on Feb 2, 2023 at 9:28 pm

@Groucho I think it would have been easier for you to just say that you don't like our current electoral system. You obviously find it unfair so I encourage you to support a change in our system. I believe politicians are currently looking to possibly change our system to one called 'Proportional Representation'. I think you would prefer this system because it always gives people what they vote for, or at least as close to it as possible.

I guess you could also just advocate for a slight change to our system which says every time a poll comes out putting an opposition party ahead of the government, an election is triggered. Of course polls go up and down all the time so we would have to be prepared for a LOT more elections if we decide to go that route!

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drum on Feb 2, 2023 at 6:27 pm

I have said many times
"The minority in this country rule the majority".

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Juniper Jackson on Feb 2, 2023 at 2:05 pm

Orange Lib. Your description of yourself is what a Canadian looked like in 2015, and I can sooo respect you and admire you for that. Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it. You didn't comment on scandals, lies, bribes, interfering in police action, MAID, and other less than stellar issues. Can I ask how you feel about that? Seriously, I am not attacking you. You are entitled to feel how you feel..I'm just trying to understand why.
No...I do not blame anyone for my lack of money. I worked private industry most of my life, went late to government. My CPP is low. When I retired, I had enough and a little extra. As I hit my 70's, specialist put me on medication that the 'Formulary" doesn't cover. I made it but, it was close. Rents started spiraling and I had to leave my home of 18 years for a cheaper place to live. I have 5 kids, 4 of whom are professionals with advanced educations from U. of S., S.F. U. Not cheap, but they are mine and I'd give them a kidney too, or my heart if they needed it. I never collected a penny of welfare or unemployment. I applied for it once, but got a job before i got any money. I thank God every day for these children that help their Mom now. I hate that. They never complain, see to it that I do not do without meds or food. None of them on welfare or ever collected EI. But, I don't like taking from my children.

I do not have money to support those that won't work. Career welfare. A girl, with 3 kids gets $2,600 a month from the Feds, $31,200 a year, plus $38.000
or more from welfare. So many of them, with no taxable income, and is on Buy and Sell begging for clothes, beds, linins, kitchen items..everything. They got $500 a kid and for herself for clothes. Why is she begging? Is welfare supporting the drug trade? You said you didn't mind the high taxes. If I didn't see so much waste, I wouldn't mind either. I have no problem either, helping those that genuinely need help..I never target the disabled, or those who need short term financial help. Fraud is pretty bad in the Yukon. But, the Liberals eliminated the fraud positions. As for Seniors accepting CPP and OAS? Thats fine. Would you have us starve? I worked 55 years for that money. I would not, and have not, applied for GIS. I hope this gives you some insight into how I feel.

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Groucho d'North on Feb 2, 2023 at 9:01 am

I can only speak for myself in response to your question of How is democracy denied? If you read the many comments below- comments written by members of the electorate, you will see numerous perspectives on how our demoncratic system has been ignored by playing a numbers game to maintain power.
A government should first attend to the needs of the public they took an oath to serve. Their own self-interests to maintain power are or should be subordinate.
As noted many times previously, Mr. Pillai has not gained the support of the Yukon electorate by a popular vote - neither has Ms. White, so how will the two of them together equate a democratically elected government by the people?. Mr. Pillai says Yukoners want stability, I wonder how he came up with that line and what data he has to support this thin soup excuse?
The writing is clearly on the wall, in bold red ink, underlined and it says the Liberals both federally and teritorially are due to be replaced at the next electoral contest. If both liberal leaders are so confident in their illusions of public support, call elections and confirm the will of the people...but they want to ride the gravy train a little longer.

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Big Jay on Feb 2, 2023 at 7:23 am

The whining here is absolutely incredible. Angry about the news? You should definitely post comments on the website of the Whitehorse Star. That will certainly help. You should also cry more about it.

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Spendy on Feb 1, 2023 at 8:54 pm

Thanks for the new job.

Now here's how this works: you have to understand, we don't care how much things cost. It's not our money anyway and our mandate is to spend, spend and spend some more, so if the price is too high in someone's opinion, it just means we are right on track. If we don't blow the whole shebang we just get hammered with reductions and what's the point of that?

The tax base is becoming more and more irrelevant as the whole country of Cubanada is borrowing all the money possible from foreign stakeholders and wherever we can find more more and still more and eventually the loans will be called in and you will be a global citizen with a global citizen account, and after that there will be no more room for you critics in this town. Don't like something? You get your global citizen account frozen until you become more agreeable comrade, or die, your choice.

This is happening whether you like it or not and it's a global thing right now. The central bank's central bank in Basel is the central bank of last resort and the owners of that baby have nearly the entire world swimming in debt it cannot ever hope to repay so you aren't alone in your frustration if that's any consolation.

So while I'm in office, I am certainly not going to rock this little boat. What you think? I'm stupid?

As for all you small business owners and landlords, it's hard cheese for you. Most people really don't care if your little business goes under because there is always the big boxes to carry them through anyway. And we'll just keep treating you like you are the problem and you'll get all the blame while we skate when it really starts to swirl down the bowl.

So join the party or stand outside and cry. That's it.
Spendy here signing off. Have a nice holodomor.

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Yukoner on Feb 1, 2023 at 8:36 pm

@Orange Lib you are out to lunch if you think that will translate into more home owners for the groups that were renters. A lot of those groups can't but together a mortgage, and couldn't when the rate is 2% and sure won't when its 6%. They will be bought by more Ontarioites moving to the Yukon to collect a plump salary working a govy job and we are back in the same cycle. Drastically reduce the size of government if you want to free up housing and make land actually available, shouldn't be a hard thing in the Yukon.

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bonanzajoe on Feb 1, 2023 at 7:55 pm

@Jason Steele on Feb 1, 2023: Best comment yet. Keep it for the next Federal and Territorial election. The electors will need the information.

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bonanzajoe on Feb 1, 2023 at 7:51 pm

The deal between Josef Stalin and Adolph Hitler comes to mind.

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bonanzajoe on Feb 1, 2023 at 7:46 pm

@North_of_60 on Jan 31, 2023: Mobile Zoos.

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Jason Steele on Feb 1, 2023 at 3:07 pm

@duramax Interesting comments on collaboration, division. As a 49 year old person, I don't recall in my lifetime our society every being so divided, on almost everything. 6 years and counting of the L-NDP Alliance everything is looking up I suppose:

Drug Addiction - UP
National Debt - UP
Crime - UP
Lineup at the food bank - UP
Cost of living - UP
Public Employees - UP (Note - services continue to decline)
Taxes - UP, UP, and more UP
Free Stuff - UP
Division - UP
Depression/Suicides - UP
Chance of dying at the hospital with appendicitis - UP
Classroom Size - UP

Sorry but the NDP received the least amount of votes, yet seem to hold all the cards - that is not democracy.

Also, a friendly reminder - since confederation the Liberal Government has held approximately 70% majority during that timeframe. Probably time to quit blaming all things wrong/bad on Conservatives.

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Charlie's Aunt on Feb 1, 2023 at 1:42 pm

For the past few days, Ranj had used his shovel to dig a hole. He was unsure of the depth needed because he didn't know how low he would need to go in order to stay in power.

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YXY on Feb 1, 2023 at 12:07 pm

So Currie claims the Libs aren’t pro business eh?
Yeah, let’s talk about the Yukon party’s pro business record
-signed off on the Wolverine mine security deposit reduction and, well……
-paid a well known YP party supporter full market value for the contaminated lot the emergency shelter sits in and taxpayers got to pay to clean it up!
I could go on, but the point is with the YP you get the business and you get it good.

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Mark on Feb 1, 2023 at 8:55 am

I notice in the article that the Yukon Government will fund “free transit” in Whitehorse, but there is no mention of the City of Whitehorse’s reaction be it support or otherwise.

Did the announcement blind-side the actual government responsible for delivering the service? Are there consequences that the blended party (Lib-NDP) did not consider regarding the actual delivery of service? Does this arrangement create leverage over the City of Whitehorse? Would the City of Whitehorse prefer to utilize funding for another initiative?

It would seem odd if the City of Whitehorse announced funding for a program delivered by the Department of Heath and Social Services. Surprise!
How would an organization react if it was denied funding or received less funding by the Yukon Government because of budget constraints, yet the Yukon Government seems to find funding to support initiatives that it has no direct responsibility for in a different government?

Maybe there are more details to emerge but it initially appears that someone needs to “stick to their own lane”.
Ironically, this old guy is a proponent of no-fare transit. Those that use transit are most likely to need it and be dependant on the service. Some use it in consideration of environmental impacts or to avoid the parking circus downtown. Hell..if were going to run buses then I would rather have them 1/2 full than only carrying 1 or 2 passengers. Even us old guys can admit there is no benefit of having more vehicles on the road. We do take pride in our practical nature and do not charge for our opinions!

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iBrian on Feb 1, 2023 at 8:10 am

1- Minimum Wage increases. Why not everyone across the board? This only closes the wages between Skilled and New to workforce.
2-I sold our rental, so. Good luck renters.
3- The Territory is funding the COW Bus??? Why, it’s a conglomerate of bad and worse planning.
4-Those on SA get an extra $100 per cheque till the Libtards can figure out how to give more to those who give nothing. COME UP WITH A PLAN TO GET PEOPLE OFF Social Assistance. I’m done assisting
5- Walk in Clinic and expenses for fertility treatment and surrogacy. ???? Again why? That’s Mother Nature telling you you’re not selected to reproduce. Get on with it and still be a contributing member of the community. Unless of course your Same Sex, then you missed out on Gr.3 Birds and Bees talk.
6- $1,000,000 to recruit and retain rural education.
7-Health care workers to recruit and retain.
On short, those of us who get up in the morning, go to work. Pay 43% off our Paycheque every 2 weeks, then another 5% at the till. You know the $108,000 I make a year, those on SA are not far behind me for income

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Capital Flight on Feb 1, 2023 at 7:41 am

Magical thinking that will lead to a dead society. Anyone with talent or ability is leaving and with very good reason. Imagine being the last people stuck here trying to sell your home or downsize for retirement once government austerity kicks in and the housing bubble bursts. All while dominated by minority rule with a sick twist of hereditary rights selectively applied by race. How many centuries did people fight for freedom from such things and yet here we are sleepwalking right back into the same chains. Putting rainbow and orange flags over it doesn’t hide what it really is: feudalism. Our hollowed out excuse for leadership is just the right combination of apathetic, fearful and vane to let it happen. Liberals or YP or NDP… doesn’t really matter does it? Time at the trough is interrupted only for attempts at the next bigger and richer trough. While the average citizen stagnates in woke poverty.

Not with our money though. It has already left the country and there’s nothing they can do about it. When they do begin restricting capital movement (they will and in some ways already do) that’s when you know things are about to get a lot worse.

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Santana on Feb 1, 2023 at 7:34 am

Can’t see Kate and Ranj lasting to long, it’s gonna get miserable for those two socialists.

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Oya on Feb 1, 2023 at 6:26 am

Unbelievable. Who voted the NDP in? Nobody. That’s who.

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YP response??? on Feb 1, 2023 at 5:07 am

Will the YP engage in a group texting session to discuss this situation? Is that group texting thing a network where they invite guests in like Zoom or is it something they have to establish new each time?

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Easy Money on Jan 31, 2023 at 11:47 pm

The problem with politics is you have to vote for a politician and they are usually the last type of person you want in power. When you get free money from the feds every year and don’t have to work for it this is what happens.

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Elder on Jan 31, 2023 at 10:09 pm

Oh man. The creator messed up bad this time,
Just like a groundhog day.. scared of his shadow..now 3 more years of bad luck, too bad for everybody.

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Rental units gone south on Jan 31, 2023 at 9:48 pm

So glad we dumped our residential rental units after the 2021 rent cap ruling stabbed the Yukon landlords in the back. Took our investment money elsewhere where decisions are made by true democracy methods, and not cowardly leaders caving into the NDP bullies, without any consultation with the stakeholders. Let's see how many tenants Kate and her buddies will house with their own personal money, once more landlords get out of the rental business and let the socialist party take over dealing with the problem. Will they practice what they preach?

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EJ on Jan 31, 2023 at 9:08 pm

@Groucho How is democracy denied? There have been minority governments with similar arrangements throughout Canadian history. Even BC recently had an agreement like this. Coalition governments which are a step further than this are quite common across countries of the Commonwealth based on the same Westminster system. So I guess countries all throughout the former British empire are all having their democracy denied according to you. You might not like it since you are a die hard conservative, but there is nothing undemocratic or unfair about what is currently happening in the Yukon.

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Impressive on Jan 31, 2023 at 8:13 pm

I have to admin, pretty impressive how Kate White is absolutely cleaning up on the liberals at the negotiating table. Must be a pretty humbling experience for Ranj his first week on the job!

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Disappointing on Jan 31, 2023 at 8:08 pm

I had high hopes that Ranj would take a different approach and stand on his own. I have been a liberal supporter for years but hate the fact that we are selling out instead of solving real problems and showing true leadership.

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bonanzajoe on Jan 31, 2023 at 7:55 pm

@YT on Jan 31, 2023: Either way, it's just making a deal with the devil. I guess the YP just has a sense of morals and ethics.

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bonanzajoe on Jan 31, 2023 at 7:52 pm

@Thomas Brewer on Jan 31, 2023: Like I said many times before, the marxists ain't gonna shoot the golden goose as long as its laying them that big golden egg and a nice big retirement pension. Who would be foolish enough to do that?

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bonanzajoe on Jan 31, 2023 at 7:48 pm

Oh and Sandy, don't forget to drive by my place on your way home to Nova Scotia and I will give you a nice friendly "Hi ho Silver, Away".

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bonanzajoe on Jan 31, 2023 at 7:43 pm

So, who's the boss? Looks like comrade Kate is the new Premier of the Yukon. And she ain't gonna shoot that golden goose.

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Nooohhhh… on Jan 31, 2023 at 7:33 pm

Really, no one saw this coming? Second place loser Pillai would not dare to extend the CSA to keep his political windfall secured now… Would he?

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North_of_60 on Jan 31, 2023 at 7:16 pm

Other municipalities have found-out the hard way that the only workable solution to making transit 'free' is to sell monthly passes for $1. Without a pass card one pays the full fare no exceptions. Otherwise, as others have noted, transit will become a mobile haven for drunks, derelicts, homeless and druggies, and ridership will decrease not increase.

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I said Pardon..... on Jan 31, 2023 at 6:22 pm

That’s right, Ranj,
Bow to your new master.

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Orange Lib on Jan 31, 2023 at 6:16 pm

@ Yukoner “in the end as more and more people move to get out of being landlords”

This is great news! Fewer landlords, more home owners. Lower property values.
It’s a big win for the 99%

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Orange Lib on Jan 31, 2023 at 6:11 pm

@juniper about voting Liberal

I can explain it to you but I can’t make you understand it.

You describe working your whole life and having nothing as a senior. Should we blame you for that? You describe having to rely on your kids for groceries and bills. Not everyone has the luxury of helpful, able kids, some people need a leg up and this is where social programs come into play. I make a lot of money and I’m happy to pay a lot of taxes for services I may never use if it’s helping others: Single parents feeding/clothing their kids. Someone getting cancer treatment. CERB. EI. SA. OAS. CPP etc. I don’t see those people as the enemy. They are neighbours. Fellow Whitehorsers, Yukoners, Canadians. I noted you happily and quietly accepted an increase to CPP of 7% and a permanent 10% increase on OAS from your sworn enemy Justin.

If I stumble in life I know there is a safety net to help me through. It’s community. If you’re lucky you get 80 or 90 trips around the sun, then you’re gone. Make your life happy. Make others happy. Not just those in your immediate bubble but strangers. People you will never meet or even know exist. Don’t carry hate and anger it’s unhealthy and contagious.

I’m an orange Liberal. If someone’s backpack is too heavy, I’ll help carry some of their weight as long as I’m able, I don’t care who it is. Would you just turn your back and continue walking?

Would you?

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To 'Observing' on Jan 31, 2023 at 6:09 pm

Not everybody is a scum landlord. Where you gonna live, 'Observing', when all the rentals are shuttered? Try telling your story to the landlord who helped out a guy on SA and the SA folk didn't protect the landlord at all. When the guy on SA trashed the landlords brand new build, the landlord was stuck for the $5000-10,000 damage it caused. Landlords need to be have the law followed too you know.

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Jim on Jan 31, 2023 at 6:03 pm

@BnR, you are correct that 7,477 voted for NDP and 11,511 voted for Liberals. But you also must be capable of doing the math that 0 of the electorate voted for this government. This is no different than Trudeau and Jagmeet. Nobody voted for their hand holding escapades that have this country in the dire financial situation that we are in. Instead of governing to the best of their ability and what’s best for their citizens, both the prime minister and our rookie premier are governing to keep their jobs. The only losers in this “coalition” is the people of the Yukon. Nobody is getting the government they voted for.

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martin on Jan 31, 2023 at 5:11 pm

If last year, the government failed to follow through on its promise to open a walk-in clinic, what would make Kate that this time around the Libs will deliver? And if they don't, would she break the pact?

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Mark on Jan 31, 2023 at 5:05 pm

A quick review of the 2021 Yukon election results:

YP 8 seats (39% popular vote)
Lib 8 seats (32% popular vote)
NDP 3 seats (28% popular vote)

Is democracy working as intended?
What I am thinking is that if CASA-type governments are here to stay in the CURRENT form, then I would like to know the following information from each party before I cast my vote:
1. In the case that your party forms a minority government, which party(ies) would you enter into a CASA with should you choose this option? Which party(ies) would you not enter into a CASA with?
2. Which programs from a supporting party will you implement? Will this change any programs you intended to implement on your own?
The answers to such questions are important especially in the context of a projected minority government because a CASA is more likely to be established.

The primary issue I have with the current CASAs - Territorial and Federal - is that not one Yukoner nor Canadian citizen voted for a CASA or blended party. Yet here we are at the mercy of what political parties negotiate with other political parties AFTER we cast our votes. Is this democracy?

If CASA-type governments are here to stay, then I have a proposal that “better” sustains the intent of democracy and purpose of elections. Specifically, if a minority government is elected and a CASA is established, then the agreement must be between the elected minority government and the next party with the highest % of popular vote. With this approach the highest % of citizens (reflected by popular vote) are represented by government.

Apply this proposal to the results of the 2021 Yukon election:

Current CASA - 60% of voters represented in government (32% Lib + 28% NDP of popular vote)
Proposed CASA - 71% of voters represented in government (32% Lib + 39% YP of popular vote)
Is democracy working as intended? No, unless “majority rules” is a thing of the past.

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Roy on Jan 31, 2023 at 4:39 pm

Currie Dixon tried to form a coalition with the NDP after the last election. An "illegal coalition" according to all the political science graduates in here LOL

You can search the Star articles to find where Currie is quoted saying he tried to join with the NDP.
The Yukon Party - the party you all love and are all counting on to save you from your mediocrity - tried to join the party you love to hate and love to call incompetent.

Go ahead and criticize the Liberals - god knows they've done plenty to deserve it.
But save us the criticism about this coalition - because the party you voted for is a party that tried (and failed) to form a coalition of their own.

Press thumbs down if you feel betrayed by the Yukon Party trying to team up with Kate White.

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Heathen on Jan 31, 2023 at 4:33 pm

I am continually astounded by how many are duped by this charade. This is not respect and collaboration, it is theatre and the only outcome is throwing the democratic will of voters under the bus. The NDP is little more than an appendage of the liberal party both here and federally. Its purpose is not to seek power but to soak up votes from disenfranchised liberals and give them to the Libs via the back door. I could have some measure of respect for this arrangement if it was a proper coalition because that at least would demonstrate the NDP to be a real political party but this milksop NDP don’t even have the chops to be in the game. This is nothing more than stage managing democracy.

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Bingo on Jan 31, 2023 at 4:32 pm

Can’t evict without cause eh…well Miss Kate and Ranji….there is always a cause and now so even more. Rent monies a day late….eviction, no abiding by any of the A-Z rules…eviction. Tolerant landlords no more, once evicted rents will skyrocket…want my place…you pay the market rate + 5% just for kicks!

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Vlad on Jan 31, 2023 at 4:27 pm

So the Liberal want to stay in power and Kate needs to be significant hence the coalition that will, in the long run, drive this great territory into the ground. People like myself as a landlord, will not be losing money on my investment, my mortgage comes due this summer which will have increased three fold yet I am hamstrung by the dysfunctional government of a max 5%…so on a $1500 mth rent I’m allowed to raise it $75 bucks??? So what’s the option, more and more people like myself will simply sell the rental then those buying can either shut the rental down or have a rent that reflects their investment…either way it’s a lose, lose for the poor saps looking to rent.

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YT on Jan 31, 2023 at 3:33 pm

Currie and the Yukon Party could have talked to Ranj and been the king makers, but no, he let Late White beat him
I’d be embarrassed.

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Thomas Brewer on Jan 31, 2023 at 3:25 pm

This isn't about rent control, public transit, or reconciliation...

This is about hanging on to a paycheque for another 30 something months, padding pensions and stuffing a CV.
This doesn't help Yukoners.

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BnR on Jan 31, 2023 at 3:14 pm

7,477 Yukoners voted for the YP
11,511 voted for the Libs or the NDP.
I’d say Yukoners are getting exactly the government they voted for.

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Observing on Jan 31, 2023 at 3:04 pm

Yay for rent caps! Love seeing the realtors and landlords lose it.

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Anie on Jan 31, 2023 at 2:57 pm

Free public transit means a mobile heated retreat for downtown derelicts. Other people will avoid it.

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John on Jan 31, 2023 at 2:47 pm

Collusion. What a mess the territory is in. The person with the least amount of votes is running the territory. We are pulling our investments out of yukon, our companies cannot no longer work in this unstable environment. You will notice.

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Nathan Living on Jan 31, 2023 at 2:45 pm

This is great news, a stable government that supports Liberal and NDP initiatives.
People who do not like this collaboration can say so at the next election.

All things considered, the government has listened to the people. And they have supported First Nations most of the time.

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Juniper Jackson on Jan 31, 2023 at 2:32 pm

The Devil loves these 2.

Nothing can be done atm, but come voting time, I hope everyone turns out, and thinks to themselves.. why on this earth would I vote Liberal or NDP?

All politician's should have to turn in monthly bank statements and yearly tax info.

Please, if you are supporting Liberal, just tell me why? I'm not looking for a debate. Just why?

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John on Jan 31, 2023 at 2:15 pm

Shhhhh - hear that noise? It must be raining money. Oh my, just think of all the spending that will go on - and it is free shyte too - hip, hip hurrah for the king and queen. Unless of course you are a landlord, then the screws get even tighter on you. Sad that this government views landlords as the scourge of the earth. We know the NDP hate them all with a passion and I guess it is obvious so to do the Lieberals. Oh wait, there is more, if you are on SS you get more free-loading money, and you don't even have to do anything to "earn" it (not that you had to earn what you have been getting). Oh lest we not forget more government staff in Education and Health. Goodie, goodie we can add more woes to the housing crisis with more imports to be on the gravy train. Another stoke of genius to swell the ranks of the bureaucracy!

Pillai you are nothing more than Silver 1.0, in fact you are an incarnation thereof, now and forever to be known as Silver 2.0.

Disgusting. I have never seen such waste in all my years. No restraint here (unless of course you are a slovenly landlord). White truly believes there is fairy dust everywhere - just have to go out and pluck it. The Liberals are a disgrace and embarrassment. I will lay two to one they did mention this crap to their membership last Saturday!! Oh no, mustn't get the rank and file all fired up.

No wonder this country is broken and falling apart. It is a race to see how much money can be squandered.

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Groucho d'North on Jan 31, 2023 at 2:08 pm

Democracy denied. The lust for political power comes first.

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Duramax on Jan 31, 2023 at 2:06 pm


This is how you do it. Respect and collaboration. Not name calling and division.

Conservatism slides backwards a few more steps toward obsolescence.

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yukongirl on Jan 31, 2023 at 2:03 pm

I am not a supporter of the NDP but kudos to Miss White for getting her agenda forwarded with great success. Smart politicking on her part. I will not comment on Premier Pillaj's role in continuing this farce.

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Yukoner on Jan 31, 2023 at 2:00 pm

Brutal day to be a landlord. Won't be able to evict anyone and you can't even increase rent inline with inflation. I would love to see Kate suggest a similar model to bike shops for instance, you must keep prices within 5% each year regardless of if your cost have gone up 25%, it's crazy.

Unfortunately this will all have a negative effect in the end as more and more people move to get out of being landlords or they will just give up on repairs to their units because it is no longer affordable. Many studies have been done on this issue but the NDP continue to feel they know better than economists around the world.

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Matthew on Jan 31, 2023 at 1:51 pm

Clueless. Both of them. Have no idea how things work in the real world.. funny thing is, they both can't grasp the concept of finance, the more you print, the less its worth! Aka INFLATION! I hope that for decades to come no one will vote these fools in. They've been buying votes for years now, only a matter of time before the silent majority come into play.

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Big Jay on Jan 31, 2023 at 1:33 pm

Cue the crying landlords in the comments here.

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