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MARKING A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT – Premier Sandy Silver and NDP Leader Kate White share a jocular elbow bump late Wednesday afternoon after announcing their deal to keep the Liberals in power until at least January 2023.

Liberals, NDP announce their expected agreement

The Yukon Liberal caucus and the Yukon NDP caucus have come to an agreement to work together to support a Liberal government until at least Jan. 31, 2023, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.

By Whitehorse Star on April 28, 2021

The Yukon Liberal caucus and the Yukon NDP caucus have come to an agreement to work together to support a Liberal government until at least Jan. 31, 2023, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.

They have agreed to pursue a cap on rent increases, a minimum wage boost to $15 hourly, a dental program for those who need coverage, estimated to cost $500,000, a safe supply program for those addicted to opioids, and enhanced climate targets.

The Confidence and Supply Agreement between the two caucuses sets out the terms for this collaboration to work effectively and outlines areas deemed important by both caucuses.

Premier Sandy Silver, the leader of the Yukon Liberal Party, and Kate White, the leader of the NDP, told a news conference they agree that the Yukon needs a stable government, and that working in collaboration will be beneficial for Yukoners.

“The Liberal and NDP MLAs agree that the best way to move forward is to come together on behalf of all Yukoners,” Silver said.

“There is a lot of good work to be done in this territory and by working collaboratively, we can make life better for Yukoners.

“I have long said good ideas come from all sides. I am ready to work with the NDP team to continue to build a strong future for the people of this territory.”

“I’m so proud of this deal,” White said.

“It will make life better for Yukoners, and it will establish a new working relationship between our caucuses, one built on collaboration and respect.

“It’s an agreement that puts people at the centre of decision-making and delivers real, tangible results for Yukoners.”

She predicted the arrangement is on the verge of achieving considerable good in the territory that will be model for the rest of Canada.

Silver said negotiations with the NDP began in earnest after a short break following the April 12 election.

The Liberals and Yukon Party each won eight seats, and the NDP three, meaning the new minority government needs vote support from an opposition party in the house.

The Liberals have launched a court challenge of NDP MLA Annie Blake’s win in Vuntut Gwitchin via a judicial draw held April 19.

The legislature is expected to reconvene later this spring, with the retabling of the $1.8-billion budget that was not passed before the house was dissolved last month.

Comments (65)

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Sorry on May 3, 2021 at 10:22 pm

@Al
Sorry Al, you seem to have a superiority complex and believe that you know everything but sadly you are way off. When it comes to politics you have a lot to learn my friend. Even your comment about budgets balancing themselves. You see that comment was made by a federal party many years ago and we are talking about a territorial one in the present now. I know it is easy to confuse the two and many regular folks do, but they are not connected in any way.

When it comes to the extra expensive child care policy proposed by the YP fraternity, they did indeed specify that the $3 million would come from the department of Education. Currie Dixon said it himself at the press conference where they told the public about their plan. Don't take my word for it, look it up yourself. I know it would be more convenient for you to convince the public it was coming out of general revenue, but that simply isn't the case.

As for the carbon tax, you say "one can oppose the law and in the interim abide by it" the trick you are trying to pull here, is convincing people that there IS an interim. Now that all 3 federal parties agree on keeping it, the carbon tax is here to stay no matter what. So the YP can either oppose it in court with Alberta and other conservative groups OR they can go along with it. They have now said they will go along with it. This is something even you yourself don't deny, When you say "we should be masters of our own destiny" you should also add "at whatever cost", since there would be huge overhead costs to developing and administering a made in Yukon approach. Currently the federal government just rebates it back and there isn't a need for heavy bureaucratic involvement, which would be the case under the YP plan.

As for your explanation of the rate hike freeze, that's BS. I have two close friends who work at Yukon Energy and they laughed and shook their heads when this plan was announced by the YP. It would essentially mean compressing a spring for 2 years and then having it bounce back twice as hard. Spin that how you want, but it's the truth.

I'm sorry that you feel you are educating me or anyone else. A little piece of advice, if you are educating someone on something, you should at least have a solid grasp of the topic you are attempting to "teach". I hope people reading your comments realize that what you are doing is the very definition of political spin and gaslighting. Certainly not teaching.

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Joe on May 2, 2021 at 3:38 pm

Has anyone asked why the agreement end date coincides with the pension eligibility dates for most of the liberal MLA’s ? That would explain why the liberals adopted the entire NPD platform and threw all their supporters under the bus.

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Al on May 2, 2021 at 11:39 am

@ Sorry
You really have trouble comprehending words. I will make an effort to educate you on a few things. But first let me make clear that unlike the Liberals who think that budgets balance themselves the YP believes quite the opposite.

Child care increase of 3 million is an increase in the "program" because it is universal. In a budget of 1 + billion it is relatively easy to find the 3 million from within the "whole" government. No-one advocated this coming from anyone's department. That is something you made up without any substantive facts to support that notion/claim. As well there are some initiatives in the current budget document that had the YP formed the government would either not be done or removed by way of a supplementary. This could also "free" up funds to be allocated elsewhere. You really need to educate yourself on how the finances in government are handled. It is clear by your comments you don't. In fact you are not even close.

The carbon tax is "mandated by federal law". I made that clear and you even reiterated my comment in that regard. One can still be opposed to the law but in the interim must abide by it. The CT law has wiggle room for any of the 13 jurisdictions. You can either develop your own or have it imposed upon your province/territory by the Feds. This government chose not to develop their own but rather have the federal put in place. The fall out has been to the determent of the people of Yukon. The YP would work to renegotiate our position with the Feds - that is in fact what the NWT did having the tax removed from home heating fuels. The Liberals here chose to do nothing in that regard. Should negotiations fail with Ottawa then we would move forward to develop our own carbon policy to meet the bench marks of the legislation set by Ottawa. By the way it would have been useful in your quoting my passage to have included all the other elements that we would derive from this move. We, wherever possible, should be the masters of our own destiny and not subjugated to the whims of the feds.

Yes the YP advocates that "they would put a moratorium on any "hike" of electrical rates by YE for 18 months. During that period they would initiate a full and comprehensive review of YE's financial position and future outlook. If it was deemed that an immediate shortfall is identified in the interim of those 18 months then the Government would cover that cost." Gosh it doesn't become any clearer than what is stated above. The key word you are missing is "hike". In another words the 22.5 % increase to be put in place in November would not even be considered until at least November of 2022 (18 months from May). It DOES NOT mean folks get a free ride during this period as you alluded to. You still pay as you go as we do now.

I usually do not get this far in trying to educate folks who are misrepresenting what is said. In your case the misinformation, or disinformation, needed to be corrected so that readers do not fall into your lost ways.

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Vern Schlimbesser on May 1, 2021 at 5:11 pm

A failed school teacher and an electrician that couldn't make a go of it (?),
Doing the elbow dance around a pot of $ 1.5 Billion dollars, while promising to spend way more than that all for my benefit and that of my children.
And nobody is going to have to pay this back or change their style of living. Good days ahead.
Why do I feel so poorly?

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Groucho d'North on May 1, 2021 at 10:03 am

Here comes the Big Brother era in Yukon politics. Who will be first to say it's for our own good?

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Sorry but No on Apr 30, 2021 at 9:51 pm

Hey Al,

Sorry to butt in on your convo but you sound like a politician trying to spin the truth. You said the following:
"The additional 3 million, if you had read the platform, is not "an additional" increase over the budget but rather funding to be found within the current budget within the government."

If you don't think it would be an increase in spending, then you must admit this would mean a $3 million cut to Education where the program lays. And it would be suicidal to try and cut 3 million from Education. I REALLY doubt they have 3 million laying around to cut. So yeah, it would be deficit spending instead.

You said:
"they would put a moratorium on any hike of electrical rates by YE for 18 months. During that period they would initiate a full and comprehensive review of YE's financial position and future outlook. If it was deemed that an immediate shortfall is identified in the interim of those 18 months then the Government would cover that cost." So when you say "the government would cover that cost", what do you think it means? To me it says that for the next 18 months you can use as much electricity as you want and if there happens to be any increase, government tax payers will cover you. It is telling people that they won't be responsible for the true cost of their energy use.

You said:
"While we have never agreed with the current government’s carbon pricing system, we understand that having something in place is mandated by federal law. The Yukon Party believes that a Made-in-Yukon system will give Yukoners more self-determination and be better-suited to our Northern realities."

Not sure how you think this is opposition to a carbon tax? This is saying that they acknowledge that both the federal Liberals and Conservatives have now committed to a carbon tax. But the difference is that they want to create a "made in Yukon" carbon tax instead of using the federal one. This just means growing government to develop, implement and collect a local carbon tax. How do you possibly see this as opposing it???

So you should take your own advice about mistruths rather than accusing other commenters.

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yukongirl on Apr 30, 2021 at 6:38 pm

Mr. Silver, congratulations on selling out Yukoners to retain two years of power. Your concessions to the NDP make me sick to my stomach. My husband and I work hard for our money and trying to teach our children the value of that. We are proudly middle class and earn a decent income because of our work ethic. We cannot afford to buy a home in Whitehorse. We certainly would never qualify as low income so any of this delightful social housing would not help us or hundreds of other families in the same situation. With monthly rents that are the same as a mortgage payment, who can afford to save for a down payment? Your carbon tax rebate is a joke. It doesn’t cover even a quarter of the price increases over the past year. My political leanings have drastically shifted because of your government attacking middle class Yukon.

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drum on Apr 30, 2021 at 6:17 pm

Disgusting.

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Randy on Apr 30, 2021 at 6:12 pm

@Al
Your ramblings are irrelevant, the YP lost. Come back in the lead up to the next election and spew your nonsense.

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Liberal Proclivities on Apr 30, 2021 at 5:10 pm

@ Kinda Pssd - Hopefully you are angry with yourself because Liberals cannot help themselves - They are about image and optics and therefore cannot be trusted... It’s like the voters said, Hey you Liberals have done great with that knife you’re holding their... Do I got something on my back?

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Liberal Proclivities on Apr 30, 2021 at 5:10 pm

@ Kinda Pssd - Hopefully you are angry with yourself because Liberals cannot help themselves - They are about image and optics and therefore cannot be trusted... It’s like the voters said, Hey you Liberals have done great with that knife you’re holding their... Do I got something on my back?

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Al on Apr 30, 2021 at 1:16 pm

@ Adam Smith
Truth ! SS & L part wouldn't know the truth if came up bit on them on the butt !

As is typical with Liberals they like to put out half truths to mislead the public into thinking something different. Your comment "For example, they wanted to expand the Liberals daycare program to cover more people at a cost of an extra $3 million" is a half truth. The Liberal policy is limited to "who" gets the funding while the YP plan was to make it Universal - to include stay at home parents as well (which the L conveniently ignored). The additional 3 million, if you had read the platform, is not "an additional" increase over the budget but rather funding to be found within the current budget within the government.

On the electric rate side. Do you not remember that during the past term of L that they permitted a rate increase ? No of course you don't remember - out of convenience to your skewed argument. You say "They also wanted the government to cover any increase in people's electricity bills. Again, a big socialist idea to subsidize everyone's life style" is 'crap'. Why is it crap - because what the YP said was clear that they would put a moratorium on any hike of electrical rates by YE for 18 months. During that period they would initiate a full and comprehensive review of YE's financial position and future outlook. If it was deemed that an immediate shortfall is identified in the interim of those 18 months then the Government would cover that cost. That is prudent management, unlike your boys who get a note from YE saying that want to raise the rates by 22.5 % in November you guys roll over and "fine by us, is it enough?" The YP did not say would subsidize rate payers as you noted. The L don't have the folks in the Yukon interests at heart that is for bloody sure.

As for the carbon tax. Perhaps if you had taken a few moments to actually read the YP platform you would have a better knowledge of what the YP "actually" said:
"The current territorial government has worked closely with their federal counterparts to bring a Made-in-Ottawa carbon tax to the Yukon. While we have never agreed with the current government’s carbon pricing system, we understand that having something in place is mandated by federal law. The Yukon Party believes that a Made-in-Yukon system will give Yukoners more self-determination and be better-suited to our Northern realities.
A Yukon Party government will:
* Push for changes to our carbon pricing system to add exemptions that reflect our Northern lifestyle and economy. This will include:
**Exempting home heating fuel as heating your home is not a luxury.
**Reviewing the impact of the federal carbon tax on the price of groceries and essential goods to ensure enough is being done to address affordability.
**If the federal government cannot accommodate our interests, we will explore displacing the federal backstop with a Made-in-Yukon carbon pricing system established under territorial legislation, similar to the process undertaken by the NWT."

The next time you want to correct submissions by others please make sure you get your damn facts straight and spew out half truths and misinformation. I know that is difficult for Liberals, as they believe they are the only ones right about everything.

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george on Apr 30, 2021 at 11:42 am

I just signed on to the YP membership online and I will not renew my liberal party membership. Sandy convinced all of us that he was center with fiscal responsibility of right but has gone total opposite of everything he said.

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Charlie's Aunt on Apr 29, 2021 at 10:46 pm

@Al, thanks for link. I didn't need a stiff drink reading it, just antacids in case I threw up. SS must have been desperate. Nice to read the emphasis on democracy when it has just been trashed. Old Crow won't make any difference after this, except for Pauline maybe losing out on a pension and possibly more leverage for NDP. A sad day for YT politics, makes you lose faith in electoral system if this is how the result is manipulated. Both Libs and NDP should have shown their true colors before the election because I don't think this was thought up afterwards. Agree with you Anie re the tacky elbow bump, glad to see the 6' apart being observed.

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Adam Smith on Apr 29, 2021 at 8:21 pm

@Al
"I can tell you, if the YP leader came forward with this socialistic clap-trap his day as Leader would be over immediately! If the membership did hang and quarter it would be likely the caucus would have at him first"

This is simply not true. The YP had a more socialist platform in the election than the Liberals. For example, they wanted to expand the Liberals daycare program to cover more people at a cost of an extra $3 million.

They also wanted the government to cover any increase in people's electricity bills. Again, a big socialist idea to subsidize everyone's life style. They also said that they now support a carbon tax just like their federal counterparts. I could go on, but I will leave it there.

@JSM " I hope the cons keep fighting for what is fair and just"
There is no conservative party in Yukon bud. See my response above.

@Olav "The Liberal way - SPEND and TAX!"
Actually, the Liberals cut the small business tax by 3% in their last term. The Yukon Party had only cut it by 1% in their previous mandate. Plus the Yukon Party had a more expensive platform in the election, so they were promising to outspend the Liberals. Sorry to burst your bubble.

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My Opinion on Apr 29, 2021 at 7:54 pm

So here is how it works folks. Rent freeze put in place. People who own rental properties look at houses for sale for double value and say I'm out. Available rental properties drop like a stone and rental owners cash out. The left has no idea how commerce works. NONE. Especially Kate White.

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Andy Odel on Apr 29, 2021 at 6:51 pm

Way to go Vladimar White. My tenants got notice today that their rent is going up $350.00 per month. This is necessary to ensure I cover costs for the next few years. Insurance up 20% this year Taxes up, cost of repairs up, landscapers will be wanting more. Everything including politicians going crazy. Can’t pay the rent—— someone else will. Maybe I’ll just sell and take more units off the rental market. Smooth move Putin.

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Duane Gastant' Aucoin on Apr 29, 2021 at 6:21 pm

Wow!
Seems like a Qanadian Conspiracy Convention here?!
Better watch out or these Qanon wannabees will also try storming the Legislature next!

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bonanzajoe on Apr 29, 2021 at 4:56 pm

DL, it isn't Liberal & NDP, it's Marxist and Leninist. Pure western style Communism. It is no longer freedom and rights, it's government rules and privileges. Never thought I would ever see this in my 80 years. My last prayer when I go out will be for the children. They will have to inherit this ideological mess.

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Gravy train on Apr 29, 2021 at 4:18 pm

@ Wilf I guess the YP crew doesn't get pensions in your world? You conveniently don't mention them.
You also neglect to mention Brad's $25k per diems each year. That's more than many Yukoners make actually working everyday.

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Al on Apr 29, 2021 at 3:35 pm

Well ! I finally got a complete 8 page copy of the agreement (you can download it here: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/20693206/2021-casa-yukon-liberals-yukon-ndp.pdf This can be found on CBC North website article on the same).

If I were a Liberal (which thank goodness I am not) I would be absolutely furious with Silver and his caucus. They have literally sold themselves out. They are not only now beholden in every respect to the other party but are in fact now simply a shadow behind the NDP ideals and philosophy. They have become the slave to their new master - White. What in the hell were you people thinking ?? Are you that desperate to form a government ?
Or - is this the true Liberal party and the election was nothing more than an illusion to mask the real game plan ? Or - was Silver himself complicit in some other secret grand scheme to hold onto being Premier behind the scenes. Was the game afoot a disguise that should Liberals have a minority (as they have) they would quickly jump into bed with their first customer ?

I can tell you, if the YP leader came forward with this socialistic clap-trap his day as Leader would be over immediately ! If the membership did hang and quarter it would be likely the caucus would have at him first

Sorry Liberal folks, but you have been HAD - BIG TIME ! This is not the Liberal party that I am sure many of you thought would turn into - a groveling dog to the NDP. Unfortunately though it has.

The worse of it all is that the true losers will be the people of the Yukon. Thanks to Slippery Silver. How embarrassing.

Please afford yourself to read the Agreement. I do suggest you have a stiff drink by your side and at least one other person in the room should you blow a blood vessel so they can get you emergency care...

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Charlie's Aunt on Apr 29, 2021 at 3:35 pm

Not a big surprise given the folks involved but they have taken it to a disgusting and childish level. Absolute commie tactics to lock it up for 2 (pensionable) years. Do they think we are all dummies to not see through that? Both NDP or Liberal voters would be justified if they are angry; there is usually a reason people vote for a particular party and it isn't to be sold out.
Morals of SS & Kate speak for themselves; 'I need you Kate, sign on and we will give you everything you want. Let's see how fast we can completely trash the local economy between us.' Maybe we need a sweep-stake on how long Kate can keep her mouth shut and not blither about another poorly thought out idea. Never did have much respect for SS, but what I did have has now gone down a mine shaft.

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Anie on Apr 29, 2021 at 3:32 pm

Ok, this is a silly sue - but is anyone else tired of seeing silly people bumping elbows? Can't we just respectfully nod at each other?

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Rob on Apr 29, 2021 at 2:37 pm

New acronym change...NDP is now NPD. Fits better.

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theHammer on Apr 29, 2021 at 1:45 pm

JSM@ 'The good lord knows they are the righteous ones." This is important because JSM is telling us what the Creator thinks. Self Righteous!

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DL on Apr 29, 2021 at 1:33 pm

Unfortunately, this Liberal & NDP agreement is only moving us closer to Trudeau's "Great Reset" plan. They've insisted in locking the Yukon with unnecessary covid restrictions, no matter how destructive this has been to small businesses and everyone's mental health. So now, they're bringing you the 'solution' of more mental health services.

We need a government that will do the sensible solution: open up already, no more mask mandates. All Yukon adults that wanted the vaccine have taken it. There is no longer any reason to keep us masked and restricted. For heaven's sake, stop coercing people into taking this vaccine, and stop forcing us to wear masks, especially school kids who are psychologically damaged by this.

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Al on Apr 29, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Well this has changed our plans. We were in the process of buying a property in town to divide the home into two apartments to rent. That is now off the table. To cap our ability on our revenue is simply not the way I wish to invest.

Rental caps are likely to scare off other folks as well. What happens is quite the opposite of in part what is the overall goal - increasing the availability of rental units.

Good luck to other perspective and current landlords...

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ProScience Greenie on Apr 29, 2021 at 1:18 pm

Looks like the delicate far right Yukon Trumper snowflakes are melting hard and fast this spring. Thanks for that Sandy and Kate.

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There goes the rest of my paycheck on Apr 29, 2021 at 12:39 pm

As a taxpayer, I feel poorer already. I can't afford all that crap plus my own life.

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The real talk on Apr 29, 2021 at 12:26 pm

I've looked into my crystal ball and have seen the following:
Exponential, unmitigated, unmanageable population growth.

Seriously: Free childcare, free dental, free surgeries you pay for everywhere else, free drugs, rent caps, high minimum wage and affordable housing.

Not to mention, relatively low Covid numbers, and distance from the climate change impacts seen at the equator.
Everyone and their fat bike/SUP/kicksled/yurt is going to want to move here.

Buckle up - the Yukon is about to double (triple? quadruple?) in population. All with more left-wing voters looking for the northern ecological promised land, and opportunity for self-indulgent and self-righteous personal growth stemming from indigenous cultural immersion and harmony.

I'm all for immigration, and serving up the milk and honey to young Canadians who can't make it elsewhere as we have done for several decades, but at what point are we going to say 'enough is enough?' Hopefully short of us becoming Vancouver's charming Northern suburb.

My magic 8-ball says those of us who don't want to enjoy the rules and restrictions of life in Ontario and BC are in for a bumpy ride, and it's only just begun.

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Wilf Carter on Apr 29, 2021 at 11:49 am

So Sandy gets his Premier pension. Ranj, Richard and Tracy get their ministers pension. Wow, that's great political leadership when over 10,000 Yukoners are out of work.

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Mike on Apr 29, 2021 at 11:27 am

I can't stand this system and the NDP. This totally ignored what the majority of the Yukon voted for so now we are stuck with two parties that don't give a (rhymes with stuck) about the people of the Yukon and stick to their destruction of everything the Yukon stands for. So we can now look forward to more government jobs, safe injection sites, lawless rural communities and a blind eye to all the back door deals that will transpire over the next 3 years.

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Groucho d'North on Apr 29, 2021 at 11:04 am

Looks like democracy comes with a price.

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Yukoner ‘71 on Apr 29, 2021 at 10:09 am

This is a terrible system. Yukon is going to have government sanctioned hard drug use come in through the back door due to a minority premier making a political side deal to cling to power. It’s completely wrong and it stinks to high heavens! These important questions should be put to a referendum for the people to have their say, not left to some here today gone tomorrow politician who’s desperately trying to save his political hide.

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Wilf Carter on Apr 29, 2021 at 8:56 am

Wow what a way to go!!! This should be interesting times in Yukon. I hope they understand fundamental governance starting with food, clothing, shelter, safety police, economy, carbon tax rebate (which carbon tax does nothing for our weather), carbon tax is taking $10's of millions out of Yukoners pockets and creating much more poor people in Yukon. The only way to get affordable housing is have a free based housing market in Whitehorse so supply and demand hold the price down. We need a private sector economy but governments can't see that. They think selling lots at $150,000 to $200,000 is great for the economy and they are the only developers in town.

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JSM on Apr 29, 2021 at 7:36 am

What a sad attempt of power consolidations from the left. I hope the cons keep fighting for what is fair and just. The good lord knows they are the only righteous ones.

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Dave on Apr 29, 2021 at 7:33 am

What a complete travesty. The NDP got the least number of votes and only 3 MLAs with one of those on the luck of a draw but we get all of their radical left socialist garbage shoved down our throats anyways.
Way to go Sandy Silver, what a complete sellout you’ve proved yourself to be. We need to recall this mess which was created by your unnecessary election anyways.

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Matthew on Apr 29, 2021 at 6:40 am

Oh my.. makes you wonder why even vote for NDP right? Why is there even an NDP? Such a joke.. I mean they are doing nothing at all, just some random crap that means nothing in the grand scheme of things.. no real change will come except higher taxes.. yay..

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rent on Apr 29, 2021 at 5:43 am

Rent control is bad policy that will lead to a far greater shortage. Members of the Liberals know this. I hope they can severely water down the NDP's terrible housing ideas.

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Mad Trapper of Riverdale on Apr 28, 2021 at 9:28 pm

Talk about selling your soul to the devil in a desperate attempt to cling to power!

If the weak and increasingly embarassing Sandy Silver was really interested following the the will of the people, he would be trying the work with the Yukon Party who won the popular vote by a large margin.

Nobody voted for this coalition. Will be amusing to see how long this lasts. I know Sandy is weak, but he will have to say NO to Kate at some point. She owns his @ss

Grab your popcorn.

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Olav on Apr 28, 2021 at 8:35 pm

And who is going to pay for this?
How about some revenue generating projects?
Economic development!

The Liberal way - SPEND and TAX!
The Lib’s are going to hit the mining sector hard with their proposed environmental policies. Between carbon tax and wetland management placer mining is pretty much screwed.

There will be nobody left here in 5 years, except for government and drunks.

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Kinda Pssd about this on Apr 28, 2021 at 8:32 pm

The Liberals have stabbed the landlords in the back. Many landlords supported the liberal party (including me). At least now we know where we stand. Bargaining chips for NDP virtue signalling that will have a negative effect on the availability of residential rentals in the Yukon. Rent controls do not work to create rental housing or even affordable rentals, among other problems. It's not like there is no research on this.

I can handle it, no biggy, but my days of believing in the Yukon Liberal Party are over. They have no integrity. If they had any, they would have approached the party that got more votes than they did, not the NDP.

It's all about power to Sandy, Richard, Ranj, and John - the men running the show despite all their BS about 'diversity' and 'women' on their team; and no credit goes to their support crew: Pauline, Tracey-Anne, Jeanie, and Nils, for being the bobble heads and going along to get along.

It won't be long before they are blowing off the NDP and stabbing them in the back too. My guess is they thought Kate and Crew would be easier to push around than the Yukon Party, and that's the sole reason they cut a deal with them.

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Joe on Apr 28, 2021 at 8:21 pm

Perfect example of selfishness and narcissism. It's not about others, it's about me. “ Forget all I’ve said, look at what I do”. Kate should be ashamed.

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Beaker on Apr 28, 2021 at 8:19 pm

Notice to every landlord out there, put your rent up now. Ensure you raise it high enough to cover the next 2 years. Ensure you advise your tenant(s) that this rent increase is directly proportional to the Kate White ideology.

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Outsider on Apr 28, 2021 at 8:19 pm

Are we going to get to see this agreement? It’s essentially become the government’s platform, would be good to know what they agreed to.

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So the two parties that the least amount of people wanted on Apr 28, 2021 at 8:11 pm

Working together = the party that no one wanted?

Do you know why NDP votes Liberal, they don't want Liberal. I voted NDP just so that the Liberals could be kept in check. Apparently that vote meant nothing even after the accomplishment because the NDP just gave my vote away. Why didn't the NDP hold a vote or meeting with their voters and ask what "they wanted?"
YP here I come.

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Nathan Living on Apr 28, 2021 at 7:19 pm

So nice to see this agreement between two parties.
All Yukoners should be disappointed by the Yukon Party response.

Working together for all Yukoners is incredibly unselfish.

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Pierre on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:57 pm

A note to the liberals and White...if you commit to rent caps in any way shape or form, as a landlord, I will put up my rent 10% tomorrow to cover the next 2 years before you're ousted..and I will be telling my tenants to phone Silver or White. The Yukon people did not vote for the NDPs ideology.

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Voted Liberal on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:54 pm

Dear Sandy,

I want my vote back.

Sincerely,
Left-leaning centrists who didn't vote for the NDP...on purpose.

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Jeff Donaldson on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:52 pm

Well, there goes the neighborhood!

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Sorry what? on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:50 pm

“It will make life better for Yukoners, and it will establish a new working relationship between our caucuses, one built on collaboration and respect."

If you didn't make a coalition government YOU WOULD ACTUALLY HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT WAS FORCED TO COME TO THE TABLE. Now you've given them free reign until 2023 because you signed a document agreeing to it.

You could have not done anything and we'd have a more representative gov then what we have now. Now we have 11 versus 8 (possibly 10 depending on the speaker). Which means all legislation will be passed unchecked. You actually had a chance to balance the power. Instead you picked a side and threw it out the window.

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Bingo on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:31 pm

Worst case scenario. Left and lefter...gonna cost jobs and money.

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Next up on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:26 pm

Frost will drop the judicial challenge because the NDP will lose a seat if she's successful and it will remain vacant. Thus NDP/Liberal would both lose a vote. If she does that then it's proven that election integrity is less important than electoral tactics.

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Doug H. on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:24 pm

This is just gross. Expected, but gross. The NDP would have been better off teaming up with the YP. Would have liked to see Currie as Premier and working with Kate. Sandy’s team will “work on” the stuff the NDP wants then find a reason why they can’t do it. This is gross.

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Steven on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:19 pm

Hah! Awesome. The YP can think all it wants that it got the popular vote "by a large margin" but really 2/3 of the Territory said no. I'm looking forward to seeing all the good things that come out of this collaboration.

Saying that, it's got to be a bit awkward with the Libs launching a court challenge against one of their new partners...

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Yolk on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:15 pm

This is great news for all Yukoners. A minority government will keep the government honest.

Currie can go back to doing what he does best, chirping nonsense from the sidelines. His post election hissy fit showed his true colours yet again.

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Wow; on the one hand Richard Mostyn says she doesn't know what she's doing on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:14 pm

on the other she's suddenly the Liberal's best friend. Buy a dummy day? "Glad we got her paid off, now shuffle her into the corner and tell her to shut up while we do what we want and finish killing the economy for the arrival of global currency."

Look at where we're at right now and the real conditions that surround us. The working poor are about to become the welfare poor.

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Max Mack on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:13 pm

"cap on rent increases, a minimum wage boost to $15 hourly, a dental program for those who need coverage, estimated to cost $500,000, a safe supply program for those addicted to opioids, and enhanced climate targets."

So, the cost of everything is about to go up massively. On top of inflation due to the crap carbon tax. On top of the inflation due to the crap Clean Fuel Standard tax. On top of massive increases in our energy costs to achieve "green" generation. On top of inflation due to covid. How many small landlords will be hit hard by rental caps? How many workers will be laid off due to the minimum wage hike? What about all those workers that are already at/near $15/hr? Do they get a salary bump? Increasing demand (by raising wages) does what when supply is constrained? What other services will be foregone to fulfill this pipe-dream? What other taxes will be increased?

Vote pandering at its worst. God help us.

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John on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:13 pm

Can the Liberals and NDP both stop taking credit for increasing minimum wage, that is happening federally. Dental program should just be territory wide if that's what they are going to do, private sector shouldn't have to cover dental insurance if everybody else gets it for free.

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Unicorn farts, sprinkles and Silver on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:03 pm

and as the day drew to a close, a few trembling lips whispered, "The horror, the horror."

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So all this time that the YP said on Apr 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm

They weren't getting any communication and the Liberals were working behind closed doors with The NDP; they were telling the truth?
Wow. Not even a day in and the Liberals and NDP have made their first lie!

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Shocking, not shocking on Apr 28, 2021 at 5:38 pm

NDP and Kate White = sell outs. Both Liberals and NDPs just made deals with their devils. This is not how you work together with integrity, it’s just more back room deal making. What a waste of an election and taxpayers dollars.

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Yukoner on Apr 28, 2021 at 5:38 pm

Just long enough for all those returning Liberal MLAs to ensure their pension!

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Shocking on Apr 28, 2021 at 5:09 pm

Two peas in a pod!!

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bonanzajoe on Apr 28, 2021 at 5:08 pm

Marxists and Leninists always work together well.

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