The Yukon’s opposition parties are telling only half of the story in their bid to criticize the government, the Liberal caucus said today.
On May 21, government house leader Tracy-Anne McPhee offered the opposition parties the chance to meet with her and Community Services Minister John Streicker, the caucus said.
The purpose was to answer any questions they had about the orders-in-council that have been passed under Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There has been no response, the Liberals said.
“The silence from the opposition parties follows their refusal to attend meetings on the 2020-21 budget that were scheduled to take place for five days starting on May 20,” the caucus said.
“It’s becoming increasingly clear that the opposition parties have no actual interest in meeting with our government, despite many public calls for such opportunities,” McPhee said.
“We offered to meet to discuss the 2020-21 budget in response to their request in March, and they refused,” she added.
“We have now offered meetings to discuss ministerial orders passed in response to COVID-19, and they have not responded.
“Our focus remains protecting the health and safety of Yukoners and supporting them through these challenging times.”
To keep them informed about the response to COVID-19, the opposition parties receive the government’s Emergency Measures Organization COVID-19 daily update.
They also receive weekly briefings from the chief medical officer of health.
Additionally, the Liberals said, they have been provided briefings on various COVID-19 response programs, including paid sick leave support, the Yukon Business Relief Program, and the COVID-19 Rent Assist program.
See Yukon Party commentary.