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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.

Many measures outlined in parties’ accord

Reactions to the historic agreement the Yukon Liberals and NDP announced late Wednesday afternoon started rolling in swiftly Thursday morning.

By Tim Giilck on April 30, 2021

Reactions to the historic agreement the Yukon Liberals and NDP announced late Wednesday afternoon started rolling in swiftly Thursday morning.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “Yukoners have chosen to re-elect a government led by the Yukon Liberal Party. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Sandy Silver on his re-election as premier.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with Premier Silver and the Government of Yukon to keep northerners and their communities safe, healthy, and supported in this challenging time, and to build back better for everyone.

“Together, we can make progress on shared priorities, including tackling the impacts of climate change in the North, creating jobs and clean economic growth, delivering on affordable housing and child care, and improving the well-being of Indigenous peoples, as we recover from the global COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Fair Vote Yukon group also congratulated the Liberals and NDP for signing “an historic Confidence and Supply Agreement with a commitment to a Legislative Assembly Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

“The Confidence and Supply Agreement states that the special committee will have an equal number of MLAs from each party, and promises it will bring recommendations on electoral reform to the Legislature by March 31, 2022.

“Fair Vote Yukon is calling on all parties to back a Yukon Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, and is urging the committee to put a Citizens’ Assembly at the top of their agenda.”

“Yukon citizens need a process we can trust,” said Fair Vote Yukon’s Sally Wright.

“Too often, partisan self-interest has scuttled progress. A new multi-party committee of MLAs is a hopeful first step, but to be truly inclusive of Yukon’s diverse population and free of partisan interests, we need to put citizens in the driver’s seat.

“We look forward to a modern voting system that values equality, where every voter really counts,” said Wright.

“We urge all MLAs to back a Yukon Citizens’ Assembly to deliver meaningful change for Yukon voters.”

The agreement itself provides some insights as to how this unusual process is planned to work.

“The Yukon Liberals and the Yukon NDP campaigned on policy proposals that included point of agreement across multiple themes,” it says.

“We have agreed on a number of proposals to advance during the course of this agreement.

“The agreeement sets out a new relationship between the parties, founded on the principle of ‘good faith and no surprises.’”

The pact includes a variety of noteworthy points. Here are some of the highlights:

“The leader of the Yukon Liberals will not request a dissolution of the Assembly during the term of this agreement, except following the defeat of a motion of confidence,” one clause reads.

“Yukon NDP MLAs will neither move, not vote non-confidence during the term of the agreement, so long as the measures outlined in this agreement are enacted and the principle of ‘good faith and no surprises’ are observed.”

Other clauses outline a consultation process on spending measures if changes are greater than or less than two per cent.

There is also a dispute resolution process, effectively adding another layer of bureaucracy to the partnership.

The NDP MLAs are to be treated as a group, rather than independently.

The NDP will support the Liberal budget and all other confidence motions, including the Throne Speech.

The government will also provide the NDP with additional resources to help fulfill the partnership. That includes funding for three more staff positions.

Consultations between the two parties means the NDP will be provided with access to key documents and staff as required.

At least one private member’s bill from the NDP will be put to a final vote during the duration of the agreement.

Joint policies will be negotiated between the two parties via an implementation committee.

A special committee will be struck to investigate electoral reform.

The leader of the NDP will receive an invitation to join the Yukon Forum sessions.

The NDP will provide a candidate for the deputy Speaker position, provided it has at least three MLAs.

“I’m so proud of this plan, but this isn’t the end, it’s just a start,” NDP Leader Kate White said.

“We know that we have differences and we’re sure to have lots of good debate in the coming months about them. We’ve built strong processes for having those discussions and engaging Yukoners so we can continue to move forward.

“This agreement outlines a new way for the government to work - with meaningful contribution and collaboration at every step.”

Silver said, “This agreement creates a more formal bridge between our two caucuses and will put these ideas into action.

“Thank you, Kate, for seeing the value in a strong, stable, collaborative government. I look forward to the good work that we can do going forward together.”

Comments (18)

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Groucho d'North on May 6, 2021 at 9:58 am

The problem with principles is they are not selective and apply to all situations. Too many of the elected types seem to think principles are just another tool in the box to be used when they want to be seen taking the high road. But hey - who's keeping score, right?

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Oya on May 3, 2021 at 1:16 pm

Well, Kate. Now that you have ALL the power, could you please work on opening those ****ing government offices that have their doors fully closed to the public they are supposedly serving??? Two damn trips to accomplish some little thing just because the damn doors are not open and you can't ask a question. Grrrrrr! What a waste of my valuable time.

Why can't those closed-to-the-public-they-serve offices do the same as Motor Vehicles and/or the Liquor Store? Get some plexiglass and hand sanitizer and get on with the business of serving the Yukon public!!!

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drum on May 2, 2021 at 11:44 pm

They sold their souls to the devil to just to keep their pay cheques and pensions.

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Maybe the Whitehorse Star can answer this? on May 2, 2021 at 5:58 pm

Why is this election being called for the Liberals?
If the challenge in Vuntut works out and that seat is vacant then a bi-election is held. That means the YP could also run a candidate. After Frost letting people from QC into Old Crow during Covid and other such measures + her attitude after the election, quite possible Liberals will lose votes. Now with the NDP catering to Liberals, a new election means people have to ask "Why vote NDP when it's just a vote for the Liberals?" So a YP candidate offers an independent choice. Combined with the Liberals being in court with FN - not sure why FN would side with the Liberal agenda.

BUT, if that happened would that mean that YP would have 9 seats against the Liberal 8 - making them the winner of the election? As this isn't a coalition (made clear), then the Liberals can't be in power. BUT since there is no reporting on it, i'm not sure what is actually happening. I just don't know how an election can be called with a contested seat that could go to YP.

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Mike on May 2, 2021 at 1:01 pm

Even Trudeau can't tell the truth, the Yukon residents never voted to have the Liberals lead anything but the get lost parade. The YP received more votes but Kate showed her true backstabbing colours by jumping into bed with the Liberals. the NDP and Liberals are done in the Yukon's next election. This is absolute nonsense - the tie goes to the liberals and the NDP roll over. Kate you will never get support again from anyone who voted for you. Not me, of course, but the ones that voted for you for a change only to find out you're a Liberal.

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Jim on May 2, 2021 at 10:28 am

@captain obvious, no need to beat you up. You seem pretty punch drunk already. You're talking principles, maybe read April 5th article In the Star on the heated words between Kate White and Richard Mostyn. How different they were on policy then. But I guess all principles are out the window now when saving your job. The Liberals have shown their lack of principles and are not interested In the least about Yukoners interests. They are solely focused on power and are not fit to govern responsibly.

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LOL - The Territory has gone Left of Left (LOL) on May 1, 2021 at 2:28 pm

Here we are with another segment of people in your neighbourhood. Today we are talking with John and Jane Gott-Suckered...

So John and Jane what can you tell us about your thoughts on the Liberal/NDP alliance?
Well... We Gott-Suckered with that one!

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Wilf Carter on May 1, 2021 at 9:39 am

Don't you love all the nice words with no actions or plans of how to do any of this? Where is the money coming from? Millions in debt which our grand kids will be paying for. How much will all this cost and how many government employees will be hired to run the programs? What is the total overhead costs?

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CaptainObvious on May 1, 2021 at 8:33 am

The only principle of the YP is to reward its elite friends at all costs. Currie's Clickers, that's your queue ... beat me up. LOL

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James Dandy on May 1, 2021 at 8:19 am

Just when you think it can’t get worse, we get this ultra left cabal.

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NeilAlexGeddy on May 1, 2021 at 6:13 am

So this will buy the Liberals two years of time in hope that the economy bounces back from Covid and in hope that they are better positioned if/when a non-confidence votes occurs. Two years of studies with no guarantee of commitment to pieces of the NDP platform. In affect the NDP become members of the Liberal Party for two years but the majority of Liberals in the coalition rule the roost and Kate gets her name in the paper more frequently. Good luck getting the swing voters back from the Yukon Party .... Dixon is going to tear Silver to pieces and eventually Silver will need to fess up that he is just a pretend Marxist for two years.

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Wow on Apr 30, 2021 at 8:36 pm

Well, DICKtator Kate has unequivocally told her NDP colleagues that their voices, thoughts and opinions do not matter.

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one thing on Apr 30, 2021 at 8:25 pm

The Yukon Liberal Party cares about nothing other than maintaining power. Their whole governing strategy has been this way and I doubt it changes under a new Chief of Staff. Hard to imagine they don't run as a coalition party with the NDP next election, because they've lost their dedicated support doing this.

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I voted for Emily on Apr 30, 2021 at 7:05 pm

Sad to see she doesn't have a say anymore. NDP are considered a group. She can't dissent. Also, the NDP have agreed to support house bills.
None of the bills are listed. The Lieberals have free reign with majority support. If you don't see a problem with that. Then you won't understand why I'm voting YP next time.

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Lost In the Yukon on Apr 30, 2021 at 7:03 pm

Anyone who believes SSS will stand by this deal is seriously out of touch with reality. He will string this along through various working groups and “Blue Ribbon” panels until such time as some of his cohorts secure a pension, the political winds have shifted and he has raised enough money to run another campaign. At that point he will drop the writ ...the end result the NDP will have been shown to have been played for fools and not win one seat in the next election and left looking for a new leader (the prsent one will take her pension and go off mountain biking).

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bonanzajoe on Apr 30, 2021 at 5:52 pm

A Left wing agreement signed in Marxist blood.

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JSM on Apr 30, 2021 at 3:31 pm

Not sure if there is much more to say about this "Partnership" (ie. Coalition) that hasn't already been said by Alexander Hamilton. "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." And that has never been truer then the Lieberals who would sell out their own beliefs just for power. Disappointing, but not all that surprising.

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Groucho d'North on Apr 30, 2021 at 2:59 pm

The best government money can buy? I'd like to see the warranty terms for public satisfaction. Seeing as Justin has blessed this union, it must be tainted.

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