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CHAMBER’S DAYS EXTENDED – The territory’s MLAs, seen here Oct. 1, have voted to adjourn the legislature on Dec. 22.

MLAs opt to extend sitting

The legislative assembly will sit for an extended period this fall to make up for last spring’s early adjournment.

By Whitehorse Star on October 15, 2020

The legislative assembly will sit for an extended period this fall to make up for last spring’s early adjournment.

The Yukon’s MLAs voted to extend the fall sitting to 45 days on Wednesday afternoon. A regular sitting is 30 days.

Don Hutton, the Liberal MLA for Mayo-Tatchun, was the only MLA to vote against the extended sitting.

A cabinet spokesperson told reporters that Hutton won’t face consequences for voting against his party’s motion.

The extension leaves 38 days remaining in this legislative sitting, with adjournment now scheduled for Dec. 22.

Scott Kent, the official Opposition house leader, rose to speak in support of the extended sitting but noted that his party preferred a longer extension.

“Of course, our preference would have been to sit for the normal 60 days in this calendar year,” Kent said.

“With the pandemic-shortened spring sitting and the legislature not continuing this summer, that full 60 days was not possible.”

With the extension, the number of sitting days this calendar year will total 54.

The spring sitting adjourned early, on March 19, due to COVID-19 concerns, sitting for only nine days. 

NDP Leader Kate White noted that the number of sitting days was decided upon collaboratively.

“This is an example of how different parties can work together toward a common goal; it wasn’t easy, but here we are with a final number,” White said.

Comments (5)

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Nathan Living on Oct 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm

I am happy with the liberals and would like to generously reward them with a very generous campaign contribution.

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Pikachu on Oct 18, 2020 at 10:36 pm


You are anti-civil servant? Just going to take a wild guess here and say that you probably support or maybe even work for Curry Dixon and the Yukon Party. That would explain your attitude.

I also wasn't aware that everyone in the private sector works through the holiday and are unable to take any vacation time. I'll have to inform my friends in the private sector or "true work sector" as you call it who were planning vacations that they will have to call them off. Thanks for this new information.

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Unfeckingbelievable’s work mate! on Oct 18, 2020 at 11:00 am

Here’s a poke atchoo mon... As an anti-civil-servant I am appalled that Pikachu would mock those outside of the government fiefdom... Christmas with family while we in the true work industry must slog through it... Apart from family...
Make the 24th at noon to the 2nd of January a paid holiday for everyone... A cheque for you, for you, for you, everyone gets a cheque!

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Pikachu on Oct 16, 2020 at 8:43 pm

As a civil servant for YG, I'm just happy that Sandy and crew didn't agree to keep going right over Christmas and into January like Currie Dixon and the YP wanted. I can actually look forward to having a more relaxing holidays with my kids now.

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TMYK on Oct 15, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Kudos to the Liberals for doing this. In their 4 years this is the first time I have said they've done the right thing.

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