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EXPRESSING AN ABSENCE OF CONFIDENCE – Yukon Party Leader Currie Dixon speaks to his non-confidence motion in an attempt to take down the Liberal government Wednesday afternoon in the legislature. Scott Kent is on the left and Patti McLeod is top right.

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NDP Leader Kate White

Liberals, NDP vote down non-confidence motion

In an anti-climatic resolution after three hours of debate, the Yukon government survived its first non-confidence motion Wednesday afternoon.

By Tim Giilck on November 25, 2021

In an anti-climatic resolution after three hours of debate, the Yukon government survived its first non-confidence motion Wednesday afternoon.

Along with the Liberal MLAs, the NDP voted against the motion introduced by Opposition Leader Currie Dixon.

He was the lone Yukon Party member to speak to the motion, which shortened the debate considerably. Similarly, only NDP Leader Kate White spoke for her party.

The ruling Liberals, on the other hand, had six of their seven members address the motion. A number of them spoke in what could politely be called a rambling manner, eating up some two hours of the debate.

In the end, though, the motion failed, with only the eight Yukon Party members voting in favour.

The motion was lost on an 8-10 vote, without Speaker Jeremy Harper being called upon to vote.

As the debate began, Dixon said, “A confidence motion is not something that I believe should be brought forward without substantial cause.

“I believe though that, when I look at the direction that the Yukon is currently heading on several important issues, I’m extremely concerned, and that concern has culminated in this motion that we are discussing today. It is my view that the current Liberal government has ignored the doctor shortage, ignored the teacher shortage, ignored the housing shortage, and continued to offer inadequate solutions to a growing list of issues that have been raised in this legislative sitting, whether those issues are the ones that have been raised by the NDP regarding the growing mental health crisis in our communities, or the opioid crisis in our communities, or issues that we have raised about the cost of energy and fuel wood, or other issues facing our health care system.”

The most concerning issue, Dixon said, has been the government’s handling of the Hidden Valley School sexual abuse scandal.

“This failure, of course, eventually led to a majority of members in the legislature voting in favour of having the deputy premier (Tracy-Anne McPhee) resign from cabinet as a result of her not ensuring that parents were notified of this issue when she became aware of it.”

Dixon added, “We were elected to come to this house and make difficult decisions on behalf of Yukoners. We were elected to ensure that the decisions and actions of government are given the scrutiny.

“It’s my obligation to live up to that duty. When the government refuses to show accountability, that is how we get into the position we are in today.”

Dixon went on to explain the rationale for offering to form a government with NDP support.

“Now, no Yukoner will be surprised to hear this, but there are many policy items in the CASA (the Liberal-NDP agreement keeping the government in power) that I do not like and that I have had strong words about,” Dixon said.

“So, arriving at the offer of honouring the CASA was not done easily for me. I had to bring my own party on board and convince people that I, who have spent the last six months explaining why I disagree with the CASA, was now going to offer to support it.

“That was not easy, but I believe that it was the right course of action and worth the effort. It was worth it to make a serious offer and a serious compromise.”

Premier Sandy Silver said, “This team will not be deterred by political games being put forth by the Yukon Party. If the Yukon Party wishes to continue spending our time playing politics and embracing division, well, so be it.

“But in the meantime, this stable government will continue to get us through the pandemic and will continue to fight for the future and prosperity of our territory.”

White was by far the afternoon’s most eloquent speaker.

“First, I acknowledge the parents in the gallery. I want you to know that I see you. I thank those who are in the gallery. I thank those who have reached out in other ways. I have read your letters. I have had phone calls, and I know where you stand. This is an issue of confidence, and it’s a tough one,” the NDP leader said.

“I have made it clear that the Liberals have made some serious mistakes. I absolutely agree that the Liberal government has mishandled the Hidden Valley issue, but I want you to know that it is because of what you have shared, what you have experienced, and because you have shared the failures that you’re living with that systemic changes will be made. I can assure you that we won’t stop working toward this end to ensure that your experiences are never shared by another family.”

Early last Friday evening, White said, Dixon approached her to give her advance notice about his motion.

“He told me that he was prepared to accept the confidence and supply agreement that the NDP had signed with the Liberals. I was surprised,” White told the house.

‘I was surprised because only six months ago, after the spring election when I was approached by both the Yukon Party and Liberals, we spoke a few times, and it was that very same person who is making this proposition now who was not interested in working with us then.

“The Yukon Party has repeatedly slammed this agreement for being too radical,” White recalled. “They have continued, until Friday evening (Nov. 19), to come out against the principles of that agreement at every opportunity and in very public ways.”

She and her two other MLAs were surprised by the Yukon Party’s reversal, she said.

“But the leader of the Official Opposition is now saying he feels so strongly about accountability that he is ready to take these commitments on.”

White then discussed accountability by the past Yukon Party majority government.

That regime, she said, “regularly chose to disregard and disrespect First Nation governments, a government that forced First Nations to the courts to defend their belief in environmental protections and the sanctity of the land use planning process, a government that continually fought with First Nations in the courts and regularly lost, and a government that wanted to welcome unconventional gas extraction to the territory — under that government, I learned what a workplace laced with lateral violence meant,” White said.

“I remember how there was absolutely no way to work together because, for five years, there wasn’t ever an acknowledgement that good and important ideas came from all sides of the house, and there was never a willingness to work together. The leader of the Yukon Party was in that government, as were four of his colleagues,” she pointed out.

White continued to hammer the Yukon Party for what she said she saw as political opportunism.

“On Thursday last week, one of his (Dixon’s) MLAs came to me and finally apologized for an event that had happened in the spring,” White said.

“After months of silence, I got an apology. I was touched. Maybe, Mr. Speaker, this is where I’m still naïve, because I’m always optimistic. I was touched; I really was.

“I thought: ‘oh, finally, after months and months of silence, I finally get an apology.’ It felt genuine, and I’m still hopeful that it was, but looking back at the timing, it gives me pause.”

“It turns out that I received that apology just 24 hours before I was approached by the Leader of the Yukon Party,” White noted.

“This is where it is so hard, because of that timing. What felt like a heartfelt apology made me question whether or not I had been manipulated. It pains me to say this, because I don’t think it was done in that way, but it made me feel like there was a bigger game being played that I never agreed to play.

“I never agreed to this — never. This is not what I call accountability. This is not what I call leadership.”

White said she was strongly influenced in her decision to decline the offer because the situation would most likely have led to another election.

“Voting in favour of this motion would most likely result in the calling of an election this winter. I know that, and I assume the leader of the Opposition knows that too, because I reached out to an expert on the matter and was told, if he had to put money down on the issue, that he would put his money on an election, because it’s not up to the opposition to decide. Again, he is promising something that can’t be delivered on.”

White accused the Yukon Party of “using the tragedy of a sex abuse scandal at a school as leverage for their own political gain, and this is shameful.

“My job is to put Yukoners at the centre of my decisions, and even though, for some, it does not feel like that is what I am doing today, that is what I am doing today. I am well aware that my decision will be questioned and it will be criticized, but what we don’t need right now are political games. We don’t need a party leveraging the abuse of children for their own political gain.”

What’s required is all MLAs working together to solve the crises the Yukon is facing, she added. She then addressed the Liberals.

“This is not a free pass. If anything, the rules have been redrawn today, and I expect more, and I expect better.

“The government has failed to act on and address many issues, and Hidden Valley is the primary one. I hope that you understand that what is needed right now is an acknowledgement and a genuine apology, because families need to heal, and that has to be the first step.”

The Yukon NDP will continue to ask the hard questions, White vowed.

“We will continue to hold the government accountable, because that’s what Yukoners have asked us to do. We will always put people over politics.”

This morning, Dixon was philosophical about the situation.

“I’m disappointed it didn’t pass,” he told the Star. “I didn’t put the motion forward lightly.”

He said the afternoon revealed a few things about the atmosphere in the legislature.

“The debate showed the government is on life support,” he said. “They’re having trouble getting things done, and even the third party’s patience is wearing thin.”

He has no plans to introduce another stand-alone non-confidence motion, he added.

White told the Star this morning she had little to add.

“I'm almost out of words,” she said. “I stand by my decision, and I’m still thinking about the families (at Hidden Valley).”

Comments (63)

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roy on Dec 1, 2021 at 12:15 pm

Joe - I'm not a paid liberal supporter. I dislike the liberals - in the territory and federally. I've had to deal with them directly for many years - they suck.
Problem is this - despite being a bad at governing they are better than the alternative. Think about that. They are incompetent....but so much better than the YP or the conservatives federally.

This isn't just a sentiment I share alone - this is how we have a Liberal and NDP government here. This is how Sandy is still your leader. This is how Justin is still your leader. Whether you like it or not.

This (the liberals sucking - the right sucking so much more) is why the right keeps losing and will continue to lose. You can try and rewrite history but it's a tough job when that history is only a few years old.
I bet you thought the Conservatives were gonna unseat Justin this year. Just like you all got frothy when Currie said he's gonna topple Sandy.

Settle in. The recent past is a good predictor of the near future. You have a liberal premier and a liberal prime minister. Whether you can accept it or not - doesn't matter. (and if you knew politics you would know that the BC NDP is left wing and the BC liberals are the centre right - but you didn't know that. Maybe do some more research - take your time you have years before you can try to get a right wing party into power again).

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mike smith on Dec 1, 2021 at 10:49 am

Alternate headline: "No Curried Favor"

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Joe on Nov 30, 2021 at 5:28 pm

@roy…although this conversation is rather boring, and we know you're a paid liberal supporter, last time I checked only Yukon and Newfoundland have Liberal governments, BC is NDP and all other provinces are center right, yup all nine others are center right…go figure. The two other territories are consensus govys. Yukon’s Liberals and the federal Libs both got less votes than the center rights and both are barely hanging on for dear life. So I’d say if you want to share prayers and thoughts you might want to send them the Liberal way.

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drum on Nov 30, 2021 at 5:03 pm

Time for change - not the Liberals anymore.

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Roy on Nov 30, 2021 at 2:31 pm

Vince - wow you guys like to live in a fantasy where the YP wins something/anything!

Nobody that votes for the Liberals or the NDP will vote for the YP amateurs.
It's clear that *if* there were only two parties the left side would still beat your version of "center".

The thing you need to realize is that this two party system is not gonna exist - there will always be Liberals and NDP and some right wing party that tries and fails to court both the center votes and also the far right deplorables that are stuck in the last century. That's a failing strategy that will only continue to lose as time goes on.

Don't believe me? Want evidence I'm right? Look at all the recent elections in the Yukon. And in Canada. How'd Scheer do as a con leader? How about OldTool?

Thoughts and prayers in these difficult times for you.

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Vince Anderson on Nov 30, 2021 at 8:45 am

Roy, so by your statements you suggest there is only a left and a right in Territorial politics? Maybe we should only have the two parties for now at least until someone rises from the centre, which YP is the nearest to centre of the 3. Or are you like most Liberals to be content to always be in minority?

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Captain Obvious on Nov 30, 2021 at 7:02 am

NOBODY’S FOOL

For weeks, Currie and his posse were riding high
Shooting up Liberals was their modus operandi
With plenty of noise they hunted McPhee’s head
Toppling the minority government was due ahead
Their sights shifted left for the cover up scheme
This would bring a nightmare instead of a dream

For days he’d courted the leader of the Third Party
He was out-gifting Santa, even gave fake apology
He desperately needed their votes for his motion
But his hopes would be bashed by Kate’s emotion
Sounding as sincere as a victim testifying at trial
She ripped the Yukon Party in eye-watering style

Shredded inter-party relations added to the worry
After police tied the school abuser to Paz and Currie
The investigations should reveal evidence to know
Whether it’s really the Yukon Party that needs to go
For they posed as champions fighting for the school
Soon we trust to know if they took us all for the fool

(Now on twitter at https://twitter.com/CaptainO_Yukon)

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Roy on Nov 29, 2021 at 8:12 pm

Joe - feel free to enjoy the show! You have no choice but to anyway.

Settle in for 4 years of the left in charge and the right trying impotent moves to be somehow relevant as anything other than a laughing stock of amateur idiots texting each other crude jokes and circulating fake petitions they can’t even bother to check for duplicate or fake names (or names of white supremacist mass murderers from far away countries).

Maybe the YP should take these 4 years to actually assemble a professional group of politicians - they might just win the next election!
I wouldn’t hold my breath though - I predict the Libs and NDP will get the same results and will join forces again.

Meanwhile the right will spin in circles trying to satisfy the loud and proud far right deplorables while still trying to pick up center votes - look how well that worked in federal politics.

Let’s meet back in here in 4 years and see who is correct.

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Lawl on Nov 29, 2021 at 5:02 pm

I gotta say, I’m really enjoying watching the crumbling of the right wing of the political spectrum at every level of politics. It really shines a hot light on their archaic policies.

I’ve lost track, but who has shot themselves in the foot more? Jonas, Currie, Ford, Kenney or O’Toole? Everyday is like watching an old episode of the 3 Stooges where they unknowingly step on garden rake after garden rake then sit down on a whoopie cushion moments before the chair collapses under them.

Next up, Currie submits a petition signed by over 3,000 Richardson Ground Squirrels who are against Daylight Savings Time. “When did Sandy know that it gets dark out when the sun sets?” “Why didn’t he consult Yukoners?”

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Dentist47 on Nov 29, 2021 at 4:01 pm

If Curries motion had passed, and he had formed a government, he would have had a very weak cabinet. Stacey and the bald guy from Haines Junction passed there best before dates a long time ago. Dixon’s time at the trough during the Pasloski regime was certainly nothing short of underwhelming. The only members in his party that have a clue about what is happening are Brad and Scott, and I wonder about Brad.

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Womp womp on Nov 29, 2021 at 3:18 pm

@ joe
The popular vote is akin to getting a Participant medal. It means nothing.

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Will on Nov 29, 2021 at 2:40 pm

You might say, "Currie got curried".

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joe on Nov 29, 2021 at 11:20 am

@ Roy...you keep saying the same things over and over, however there were 3 parties, YP got most votes, there were 3 leaders YP got popular vote. That's real math. The fact that Kate - who just got schooled in politics btw - bought into a liberal pension plan coalition in order to get a semblance of political power, does not equate to a majority of Yukoners voting left. It means centrist liberals were duped into swinging way left in consideration of the liberal MLA's buying pensionable time, reaching the minimum dates at whatever cost, regardless of party policy, so to speak. Would have been interesting to see a Liberal party plesbiscite on that pension plan agreement with NDP. My guess is many members would be reluctant to swing so far left.
I do admire your resolve in belief the liberal party will last another four years, that is conviction for sure. Ironically, I don't see anyone pulling their hair out, I do appreciate your thoughts and prayers ( I'm sure you have lots of practice) and I do enjoy watching the Libs make one mistake after another.

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Roy on Nov 28, 2021 at 5:10 pm

Joe - you say the majority see through it - yet the majority of people voted for the left. So you're not making any sense here at all. Math might not be your strong suit. The *minority* of Yukoners voted for the right. You sound like you are part of that minority.

Sending thoughts and prayers to you as it sinks in that once again the right wingers are on the losing side. We can call Currie's stunt here "loss number 3". The Yukon Party have a quite a streak of losses going!
Also thoughts and prayers as it comes to light that the YP knew about the abuse when they were in power....that's got to be a tough pill to swallow for all you people tearing your hair out.

Buckle up - you have at least 4 more years of being on the losing side.
Pace yourself or you'll burn out from all this rage!

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Captain Obvious on Nov 28, 2021 at 3:42 pm

CURRIE’S COVER UP

As we learn more about the school sex abuse case
We realize why Currie’s motion remained in place
He took a beating and his gambit was a big loser
But it was his only hope to try prevent a doozer

For his motion to pass he had to flip two votes
He tried everything short of knives to throats
He offered carrots and plums and any principles
He learned from Trump and prayed for miracles

Clickers worked overtime on comments to churn
Chastising Kate for staying firm, unwilling to turn
Currie was desperate to contain any of the proof
That once out would send people thru the roof

If the Yukon Party knew early on about this abuse
In explaining themselves now there’d be no excuse
The court of public opinion would hold them a trial
Guilty of grand hypocrisy, a verdict without denial

(Now on twitter at https://twitter.com/CaptainO_Yukon)

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disgusted on Nov 27, 2021 at 11:56 pm

So Kate Blake has just proved that her Faustian bargain with the devil Silver is more important than children being sexually assaulted.

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Joe on Nov 27, 2021 at 7:02 pm

@roy... apparently the only ones having difficulty here are the Libs and NDP. Kate strategically and effectively got called out and failed the test showing her true colours - all talk, no action. Sandy and crew are failing miserably with one mistake after another, self destructing really, and the only reason they still have dim hopes for pension plan is a frail agreement held together by NDP members who just showed Yukoners they really care for nothing more than political survival. Unfortunately for NDP and the Libs, the majority of Yukoners see right through this and can’t wait for another opportunity at the polls. So Roy, you keep drinking the kool aid and taking cheap shots, it follows the Lib mantra” if I say it enough times, it must be true”

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PJ's Ghost on Nov 27, 2021 at 3:40 pm

The overarching question from last week’s failed Yukon Party confidence motion: Why did Currie call the motion knowing it would fail?
Did he really believe Kate would buckle under pressure? She told CBC Radio how the Yukon Party was out for its own political gain, called it deplorable, questioned its disingenuous motives and cited its previous involvement in the school sex abuse scandal.

Currie knew this hours before calling the motion. He could have easily switched to another motion. He didn’t.
Currie knew his caucus mates were not all in favour of his scheme especially his offer to honour CASA, a socialist showcase of spending they’d all opposed.

Currie knew he’d appear foolish setting himself up for a big fall but chose to do so anyway. He knew it would be the biggest gambit of his young political career and it could brand him as a loser.
Despite all this, Currie decided to forge ahead. Why, why, why?

Only one answer keeps coming to mind, and it’s admittedly nefarious: He knew there’s evidence out there that proves he participated in the cover-up of the sex abuse scandal when he was in government.

He was desperate to seize power and take control of the investigations and bury that evidence. This, he had to do at any cost. The fallout from being exposed would be catastrophic and his caucus knew it.

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Hidden Valley scandal on Nov 27, 2021 at 2:43 pm

This week one party proposed creating a public inquiry into Hidden Valley going back to when the dude was hired.

The Libs and NDP voted against that. Remember that. An inquiry into everything that happened going back to even when the YT was in power. But the Libs and NDP voted against that.

Gotta ask yourselves why those two parties want to hide the truth and continue to cover up sex abuse.
You also gotta ask yourselves why you are okay with them continuing to cover it up.

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JP on Nov 27, 2021 at 1:37 pm

I can't trust Liberals because they don't know how to cooperate and they now become totalitarian.
I can't trust Yukon Party because they hide facts.
I can't trust NDP because they just cry.
I can't trust mainstream media because they broadcast government side only.
I lost trust in politics and media especially in Canada. I trust myself and people around me only.

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Roy on Nov 27, 2021 at 1:20 pm

Joe - what the YP attempted here is the definition of a hissy fit. They lost the election (fact) and they are clearly struggling to deal with it (as are you).
Like a child who wanted candy but was told no - now they are throwing a tantrum. They want to speak to the manager!

What I find satisfying is how right wing people on here clearly feel the Liberals and the NDP are weak and ineffectual as politicians - if that is true then what does that say about the right who can’t seem to win an election against them?

They’re left being sore losers for a full decade. It should be easy if the left are so much worse. Why can’t they do it?
Too bad the right can’t get a win. Tells us a lot about how bad they are. Keep up the infighting and vote splitting though- it worked so well last time.

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Captain Obvious on Nov 27, 2021 at 9:38 am

CURRIE’S WEEK

For Currie and his Clickers it was a shocking week
Flipping from delusions of power to ‘up the creek’
He brought a motion to bring government down
Without enough votes he performed like a clown

The pretense for the motion ran out of steam
As the police implicated his former Paz regime
So with the truth known he could not produce
Anything from Hidden Valley School sex abuse

Kate showed her hand Monday so Currie knew
Long before he called this Motion Tuesday at 2
Exposed as an opportunist and left compromised
It shouldn’t be long before we hear about knives

(Now on twitter at https://twitter.com/CaptainO_Yukon)

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to Yukon 71 et al.... on Nov 26, 2021 at 10:40 pm

You are forgetting the blame that must be given to the Yukon Party --they were the first ones who dealt with the Hidden Valley sex abuse. You pin this all on the Libs and NDP-- Tracey McPhee, yes, Nicole Morgan, yes, anybody else in the department of education who did not do their job, including the YP Party back in 2015! The Libs and YP are at fault--NDP is caught between a rock and hard place. It's like having to choose to cut off your hand or cut off your foot to survive-both choices leave you severely injured. Just don't hold the YP up to be some saviour party--they are NOT.

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Yukon Party 2015 Hidden Valley on Nov 26, 2021 at 7:25 pm

A lot of people here are talking about the Hidden Valley scandal and how the Yukon Party is just trying to find out the truth and look out for the children.

Well consider this - It now turns out that the Yukon Party was in charge when this pedophile was first active in the Hidden Valley school. What happened when the Yukon Party was in charge? It was handled 'internally' and the pedophile was NOT removed from the school and he was able to continue abusing children.

At least under the Liberals, the pedophile was removed as soon as there was an incident! Their fault lays in not notifying parents about what had happened... but the threat at that point was gone. It was wrong, but not nearly as bad as keeping it secret AND not getting rid of the pedophile to begin with!! I have a funny feeling that Currie Dixon's desperate gambit for power was made because he is afraid of what the reviews will uncover and wants to gain control so he can limit how deep the investigations go and how much information is released.

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Joe on Nov 26, 2021 at 4:17 pm

@ roy…haha typical liberal debates. Can't handle professional debates so you throw out insults, hissy fits like kids in a playground. Easier to lie and make up things when you're ”left leaning” like the new liberals lol.

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Observer on Nov 26, 2021 at 3:08 pm

Ha ha, it is such a joke when cons think they have been wronged. If there is any group that has wronged more Yukoners then the cons? I can't think of one.
Predictions, they are always making predictions and hardly ever are they right. Two weeks ago some Moose was predicting that there would be a resignation in the Liberal party, yet everything still appears to be business as usual.
The cons want power, they need power and will say and do anything to get it.

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No moral highground on Nov 26, 2021 at 2:31 pm

The NDP have hitched their wagon to the Liberals. They own their scandals and incompetence now. We had a chance for answers on Hidden Valley. That is gone now. Thank you for showing us you have no principles.

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Roy on Nov 26, 2021 at 2:27 pm

Joe - the NDP are clearly left. The liberals are left leaning - if this is news to you then you’re a lost cause.

The only thing proven here is that the right lost (again) and they can’t seem to deal with that fact - so they resort to limp stunts like this - which the right leaning voters eat up as some sort of “win” Sad.

I award Currie and you “special participation medals” for your roles in this political theatre - seeing as how that’s what you clearly are looking for. Enjoy the win!

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Chuck Farley on Nov 26, 2021 at 12:01 pm

Josey Wales ; the divide and conquer has been with us for centuries, one just has to look at the lower 48 to see how that's working the "rebranded Republican Party" is a prime example of the division they have sowed.

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ProScience Greenie on Nov 26, 2021 at 11:41 am

re: 1930's Germany OJW - kind of odd that it is your side, the right side of the Right in North America, that are marching with tiki torches freaking out about Jewish people replacing them and giving blind loyalty to a hard-grifting prophet with a fake orange tan.

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joe on Nov 26, 2021 at 11:13 am

@ Roy... you just proved our point when you said more people voted left in the last election. That means you admit the liberal party, which has for years painted itself as a center party is actually left, therefore deceiving its base voters and the general public. Thanks for that clarification.

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Groucho d'North on Nov 26, 2021 at 9:18 am

I believe many are missing the critical points here. The business of the Legislature is to represent we taxpayers. The Westminster system of governance we use employs elected representatives to do their work on behalf of we constituents. This work is pursuant to rules of procedure to attempt some form of respectful processes to conduct the business of the day.
Sadly the Legislature has turned into a hockey game where the rivals use a number of tactics to score points for their handling of issues important to the electorate.

The Silver Liberals heard from many angry and affected parents of their concerns about why they were not informed of the violations at the school in a timely manner. The government chose to ignore these concerned parents and instead spent our money on an investigation designed to take time to allow the public emotions to cool down somewhat and examine at the internal procedures and methods used by government to share information. Read the terms of reference for the lawyer performing this investigation.

One has to wonder why the Silver Liberals are so desperate to keep this information hidden away? Don't blame the opposition MLAs for doing their jobs on behalf of their constituents, blame a government that believes they are above telling the truth and performing their roles as a responsible government would. From time to time governments forget who they are supposed to be serving, the public needs a hammer to keep this self-serving behaviour under control, the only tool we have presently is the nonconfidence procedure.
I wonder how a public plebiscite on this issue would have turned out?

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Mcphee on Nov 26, 2021 at 9:17 am

White, a week ago you said it wasn't safe for Mcphee to be in government and now you voted to keep her in government. I am tired of politicians lying to us.

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Disappointing on Nov 26, 2021 at 9:06 am

What we saw this week from the 3 parties:

YP - eat crow and support something they complained about in the past because they want to launch a public inquiry into sex abuse at a school.
Lib - go negative, lie, and talk about the peel.
NDP - go negative, make personal attacks, play the victim, and reward the libs for covering up sex abuse.

Tell me again how the NDP are the principled social justice champions.

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KP on Nov 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

If the NDP won't vote against a government that hides sex abuse from parents then what do they stand for? The NDP have endorsed the Hidden Valley abuse cover up. They are just like any other politicians.

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The truth comes out on Nov 26, 2021 at 8:52 am

Kate White and the NDP do not want to hold the Liberal government to account for covering up sexual abuse of children.
That is the only thing the Yukon learned this week.

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Yukoner ‘71 on Nov 26, 2021 at 8:27 am

People wonder how the Catholic Church was able to cover up and hide the child abuse for so long over the decades as most everyone turned a blind eye to what was going on and hushed it up. Well in the year 2021 we have the Liberal and NDP parties trying to minimize similar school child abuse with their supporters on this comment board defending them right down to the wire, todays abused kids and families be d———. That’s how it happened in decades past as well when you couldn’t speak out against the church, todays version of the untouchable Catholic church happens to be the Yukon government however.

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Dave on Nov 26, 2021 at 5:18 am

Kate White just took 30 pieces of silver to sell out sexually abused school kids and their families. Her true colours are shining through and I’ll bet in the future she’ll attend events protesting violence against women and children. What a two faced hypocrite!

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Natalie on Nov 26, 2021 at 3:10 am

They say everyone has a price, you just have to find the number and Kate White just demonstrated what the number was for her. All her grandstanding about being for the ordinary Yukon people but when push came to shove instead of standing up against how the abuse of school children was mishandled she protected the NDPs current little rice bowl of power sharing.
I’m so sick of self serving politicians that I could puke and just when you think there may be just one that’s different Kate proves that no she’s just like the rest of them. Not a single NDP MLA stood up and said how the abuse that went on was mishandled was wrong and the government needed to be held accountable. I’m beyond disappointed with that.

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Josey Wales on Nov 26, 2021 at 1:02 am

Boy O boy...are we ever over represented by Kool Aid chugging lovers of subjugation.
This town reminds me more of Portland each day.
Frankly if things do collapse as the engineers work through their goals, I know the armies of betas, PC Crusaders, the screeching blue haired trolls
are in for a big dose of wide awake.

Our political blowholes are far to concerned about themselves, so much so I will state this...
We HAVE reached a one party status here in what is left of Canada.
They may wear different jerseys, but the tactics are all the same...
Political importance, political self survival, political wizardry.
We let it all happen via...politics of course.
Divide and conquer went off without a hiccup for the many many political blowholes regardless of the jersey they wear.
And we let that happen, just like the citizens of 1930s Germany with blind faith following false prophets like catatonic fools.

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Jenny on Nov 25, 2021 at 9:16 pm

Hundreds of YG employees and teachers have not completed their attestation forms due next week. Ready to see a govy 180? Wonder how the libs are gonna explain that one!

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bonanzajoe on Nov 25, 2021 at 8:28 pm

Stay out of the devils bed Currie! Don't make any deals with his disciples. Right will always prevail. Just be patient.

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What a Snake on Nov 25, 2021 at 8:12 pm

I'll admit I was never a Yukon Party supporter. But I was indifferent to Currie Dixon prior to now.

I can't believe he had the audacity to apologize to Kate for the cruel texts by his MLAs after about 6 MONTHS and then a day or 2 later come asking for her support for his attempted power grab.

What a complete greaseball! This poor woman thought she was getting a sincere apology for the disgusting texts shared in a frat boy group as they mocked her, but instead it was a cold meaningless apology that was all part of his ploy.

If anyone really thinks this is about kids at Hidden Valley, you are sadly mistaken. This kid is desperate for power and will no doubt invent a new reason to try and bring down the government next year. He is like the popular kid in high school who just uses everyone around him.

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Roy on Nov 25, 2021 at 7:21 pm

Fact - more people voted for the left than the right in the last election.
Fact - if there were so many smart conservative people in the Yukon then the YP should have won the election....they didn't.
Fact - this was political theatre from an impotent manchild who can't come up with anything better to do with his taxpayer funded time than media stunts and petitions with fake names on them. Embarrassing.

Criticizing Sandy and Kate should be easy - it is sad to see that the people in charge of doing this (Currie and Jonas) are abject failures - mainly due to a combination of incompetence and immaturity.

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Disappointed on Nov 25, 2021 at 7:19 pm

Kate - it was your moment to step up and you failed, so disappointed politics before principles. Good to know - the Hidden Valley scandal is one of many that the safety of children was second and Slippery Sandy and the Liberals came first. Never thought Kate would roll over - so disappointed

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Nathan Living on Nov 25, 2021 at 5:33 pm

I think this reinforces that party politics is a poor fit for the Yukon.
I would like to see a different governance system.

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Joe on Nov 25, 2021 at 4:01 pm

Kate showed her true colors, all talk no action. She has demonstrated that she prefers to be in sidelines, on a soap safe box. Self serving comes to mind. Currie’s move was excellent and supported by most yukoners. Call it whatever you want, it's inevitable.

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Geoff Capp on Nov 25, 2021 at 3:58 pm

The Liberals need to oust Silver and get a different leader. Silver countenances wrong-doing.

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Grateful on Nov 25, 2021 at 3:51 pm

No need for an Election. Was there ever really a need?
We are still waiting on the results of 4 investigations into the Hidden Valley School situation.
In the meantime we have had an opportunity to see how things work for the Yukon Party and their leadership if you can call it that.
Hearing Kate's side of things tells me all I need to know about the Yukon Party.
I think that Kate has demonstrated that she is there for Yukoners. I bet that the Wild Land firefighters would agree. Thanks Kate.
Thanks also to Sandy and crew for setting good policies to get us through the pandemic.
I have also noticed that we seem to be enjoying a booming economy in some sectors. Thanks again.
I am also grateful to Currie I have learned all I need to know about the Yukon Party.
I wonder if the Yukon Party can afford a leadership review before they try again to grab power?

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Lost in the Yukon on Nov 25, 2021 at 3:26 pm

Sorry Kate ... you're wrong. Almost 40% of Yukoners supported the YP at the last Election. You garnered only 28% of the vote. It's obvious that your only chance of staying relevant was to prop up the leaderless Yukon Liberal Party. Yes the YP party made mistakes in the past but what you drag up is close to 6 years ago ... you have chosen to ignore what is happening right now in front of you. You have chosen to "talk" the "talk" and that is all. Really too bad, you have now painted the NDP as the ones that are opportunistic not the YP. You have lost my vote.

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Dustin on Nov 25, 2021 at 3:19 pm

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Oh wait...

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MikeC on Nov 25, 2021 at 3:13 pm

The Conservatives ideology is a slowly dying as a viable party in North America because they know they have no main stream ideas or policies which are actually popular by people. Climate change is still a myth and BS to most Conservatives..which is the #1 topic to most people on this planet. And then still believe semi auto guns aren’t a problem, abortion should be controlled and Covid vaccine is more harmful then good..but all in for Qanon, fake news and conspiracies because all they have is white rage and white supremacy. Sounds like a winning movement to get elected..wow!

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Matthew on Nov 25, 2021 at 3:07 pm

Oh please, we ALL knew it wasn't going to pass, way too much free money going around for anyone to stop milking the cash cow..

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Edie rue on Nov 25, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Please Yukoners, don’t forget this. Dixon’s actions are despicable, in an attempt to further his own political ambitions. Imagine using harmed children as a weapon to better your career. Absolute shame on your Currie, I hope this is the last few years we see of you.

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JSM on Nov 25, 2021 at 2:31 pm

Such a failure to hold those accountable for the conspiracy and systematic cover up of the abuse of our children.

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Politicians Suck on Nov 25, 2021 at 2:18 pm

What drivel. I have no confidence in any of our political "leaders". They're all a bunch of self-serving arrogant losers, and are completely out of touch with what real Yukonners actually want or need. The Liberal leader is smug, the NDP leader is full of crocodile tears and the Yukon Party leader is a sore loser. We need to get rid of ALL of the current politicians and bring in some new people who have real world experience instead of building "careers" off of drinking from the public trough.

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TMYK on Nov 25, 2021 at 1:24 pm

All Kate White did was prove that her politics are more important than children being sexually assaulted. Priorities right Kate?

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JustSayin' on Nov 25, 2021 at 1:05 pm

Kate; Yukoners did not vote for any coalition. You chose to make the best deal which suited you and your party at that time. However, to think you understand the families at Hidden Valley is absurd. See, you could have gotten rid of McPee, by telling Silver, if she is not ousted from cabinet, by the vote date you would be voting with the Yukon Party. Then you would have helped the families whose children have been hurt by the enabler McPhee.

Dixon you couldn't honestly believe Kate would turn, for she has gotten everything she has wanted from the Liberals. She, and her socialist party will continue to support whomever supports her socialist agenda the best, which isn't you.

Silver you are the skinny version of Cartman from South Park.

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Juniper Jackson on Nov 25, 2021 at 12:57 pm

Kate White sold us out with that first agreement. Nothing has changed.

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Observer on Nov 25, 2021 at 12:43 pm

Yawn, must be a slow news day.

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PJ's Ghost on Nov 25, 2021 at 12:40 pm

So, what’s the aftermath of the failed Yukon Party motion?
Let’s do the political calculus:
+ Currie got an initial media flash (one side of the story).
- It gave the Liberals opportunities to recite their virtues.
- It allowed the NDP to grieve past Yukon Party wrongs.
- It exposed him and his party as shameful opportunists.
- In debate, Currie failed to land punches and was overly defensive.
- It’s revealed he’s an attention-seeker not a deal-maker or rising star.
- His party faithful realizes he’s willing to compromise their values.
- He’s lost rights to criticize the CASA by offering to honour it.
- He’s tainted future rights to criticize an early election call.
- He’s compromised his ability to critique future ‘coalitions’.
- He burned his only motion day until the spring sitting.
- He pumped up his party, caucus and staff for a big letdown.
- He’s taught the public to disregard his Chicken Little hulabaloo.
= NET LOSER!

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Bob Folster on Nov 25, 2021 at 12:38 pm

I wonder how many of "Darryl Pasloski's Prince Harry's" current MLAs
are going to desert him and join the "Zelezny Party"

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Captain Obvious on Nov 25, 2021 at 12:37 pm

CURRIE’S GAMBIT (updated)

Currie’s non-confidence motion has revealed
He’s a power-hungry lad who knows no yield
Willing to risk all to grab the reigns of power
No price is too high to move up in the tower

The radical socialist agenda is suddenly fine
He’d honour the CASA and toe the NDP line
Conservative principles he’s eager to waive
Enough to make Johnny-O spin in his grave

He knew the collaborative deal goes to 2023
It can’t be transferred as he wants you to see
Chancing an election against the public’s will
Can’t be squared with his rhetoric from April

Kate outted him as leveraging for political gain
Chalk up another loss as his motion died in vain
Beware absolute power corrupts absolutely
For young Currie, it’s transpired too quickly

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