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NDP Leader Kate White

NDP MLAs subjected to abusive behaviour

Yukon NDP Leader Kate White wasn’t a happy camper last Thursday as she left work on the last day of the legislative sitting.

By Whitehorse Star on December 7, 2021

Yukon NDP Leader Kate White wasn’t a happy camper last Thursday as she left work on the last day of the legislative sitting.

White said she was accosted by protestors of the government’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate as she made her way to her vehicle outside the Yukon Government Main Administration Building.

She said the protestors were shouting and using obscenities as she made her way to her vehicle, which was surrounded by people.

“It was a pretty rough day,” she told the Star Tuesday. “I knew there were protestors, but it had escalated quite a bit from earlier.”

White said she fully supports people protesting, but when their behaviour reaches aggression and violence, “It’s never OK.”

She said she’s taken part in her fair share of protests, but hadn’t seen one at the level of what happened last Thursday.

“I understand why they’re angry,” she said.

“But it was frightening and not acceptable for staff members, who also use the entrance the MLAs do.”

White was reluctant to offer further details as to what happened. She did say some of the protestors were standing on cars.

When she eventually got into her vehicle and tried to leave, the protestors barred her way for a short period, White said.

She said her two NDP MLA colleagues, Emily Tredger and Annie Blake, also encountered some of the same behaviour.

“All of the MLAs use the same entrance,” White said.

Tim Kucharuk, the press secretary for the Yukon Party, said Tuesday none of his MLAs experienced the same behaviour.

The Yukon Liberals did not respond to the Star’s inquiry on the matter.

Comments (81)

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Kate is a liar on Dec 14, 2021 at 10:14 pm

It’s sad and a travesty when we need video footage to prove slander and purposeful derision by those we trust whence voted into places of power and privilege.
This kind of miscreant behavior exists at all levels of government but is PROVEN here and now.
I stand strongly by those able to catch these moments for THEY are the heros by showing us the LIARS with the dishonest title of ‘honorable’ ... clearly not.
I publicly demand Kate apologize and then step down from her lofty place of self serving ignorance.
Anything less is to spit in the face of Yukoners and all Canadians in general.

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marylaker on Dec 13, 2021 at 10:27 pm

PS - I remember when the Yukon Party acted this way about the Peel protesters! They were the only party that did not come outside to address the crowd of hundreds of people from all different backgrounds, and one of them said something to the effect that it was the same group of cranks who show up to everything, and that they were not going to waste their time on such losers. I believe that was dear little Currie Dixon, back then. I was in that crowd and so were quite a few people I knew - to my surprise! Because none of us were 'protester' types. The YP got the boot next time around. Of course the NDP already got the boot, but have managed to sell their meagre representation in the Legislature to the Liberals in return for grotesquely outsized influence that Yukoners did not vote for!

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marylaker on Dec 13, 2021 at 10:23 pm

Kate White only meets with, or stops to talk to, certain people. And they aren't going to be people who disagree with her. Especially after she had a 'pretty rough day' hanging out in her $120,000 a year job, digs.

Kate is most certainly not interested in talking to people who are not her tribe.

I watched the two videos posted at yukonfreedom.com Kate comes out of the building. A person asks her in a polite and calm tone if she will talk to them. As an aside, the video starts with the crowd listening to and talking with Brad Cathers. They maintain a respectful distance and stand there holding their home made signs and their Yukon flags. So Kate comes out, the man with the megaphone quietly asks if she will talk to them. She does not even slow down but walks right by them and crosses into the parking lot. Not a single person goes after her or blocks her. The camera swings toward the parking lot as several people chant, "Shame! Shame!" loudly. Then one man yells, "F-you Kate!" about 4 times in a row. The man with the mega phone tells him this is a peaceful protest or something like that, and he stops. A few seconds later, a truck drives out of the parking lot and turns onto 2nd Avenue. I assume it is Kate's truck.

Here is Kate's version of events, "When she eventually got into her vehicle and tried to leave, the protestors barred her way for a short period, White said."

If they 'barred her way', I did not even notice it or see it and that 'short period' must have been one or two seconds and could have been accidental.

I am really dismayed that Kate White, being an NDPer and all supportive about protests and rights, is so incredibly dismissive of anyone who disagrees with her position, to the point where she won't even stop for 5 minutes to hear from someone outside of her own echo chamber. And it's pretty bad that she lied about these people too, and made them sound like a violent mob.

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Forced to Comply on Dec 11, 2021 at 6:40 pm

@ Bystander
Your "social justice" is a blight on this society.
You're right, I'm very happy not to virtue signal all the time and just treat other people as human beings without asking for any recognition or caring who see it.

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Bystander on Dec 11, 2021 at 7:24 am

Y'all are a bunch of bullies that think you're making a difference when really you are just stuck in your own self aggrandized echo chamber. Wake TF up and look at some other places on this earth and what they have dealt with during the pandemic. We have been and still are one of the luckiest places on earth regarding this.
Get your heads out of the sand and put some of your pathetic efforts at protesting into making an actual difference in your community. You're not even good at trying to mimic what people who actually care about social justice do. You're desperation to be part of something and to feel marginalized makes you look like fools, at best. Or continue to bully politicians that that aren't even in power just because you disagree with what the actual government in power is doing...Yes that makes a ton of logical sense.
True Yukoners?? Pfft, You-con is more like it with your bulls**t. #yourealreadyfreesoshutup

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Disillusioned NDP voter on Dec 10, 2021 at 7:21 pm

Videos of the protest event show that Kate is not telling the truth. She no longer has to maintain the pretext of caring for the 'little people' to suck up votes. Her deal with the Liberals to prop up their failing government has guaranteed her golden handshake pension for life. She doesn't care about anything else but herself, and is now just biding her time keeping a seat warm until the voters wise up and boot her to the curb. When that happens she will be out of here in a flash and we'll never see her again. That can't come too soon.

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DMZ on Dec 10, 2021 at 7:02 pm

@Denise Leschart, what if getting vaccinated doesn't help with the common good? I got vaccinated, too, because since the beginning they said that would bring an end to the pandemic. I'm not anti-vax. But it looks to me that they will be moving on to recommending a fourth shot in less than a year (when an Omicron vaccine is developed) and enough is enough. That doesn't look like confidence to me.

It seems to me very odd that they are aiming for a target of "everybody" getting the vaccine to bring that end around. What kind of science aims for a perfect score? Can't accommodate a few stragglers? Why is the Yukon, or Ireland, or Israel, with very high rates of vaccination, in virtually the same position as countries with, say, about 60 percent vaccination rate? After two years of devoting themselves almost exclusively to Covid, improving treatments, coming up with vaccines, why can't they do any better than sounding exactly as panicked as they did in March, 2020?

It would all be a moot point, except now there's movement by authorities to force the vaccination on people. Maybe not in Canada yet, but our general direction is to follow what would have been unthinkable in 2019. Or early 2020. Like people having to choose between their jobs and a vaccine they just simply don't want, which may turn out in the end to be a high cost for a pretty benign decision.

Even if they could guarantee that mandatory vaccines would definitely bring an "end to the pandemic" -- at what cost to our society? What does that even look like, if governments make people absorb something into their bodies that they don't want? When they can't even point to results that justify that kind of action, it's a terrible prospect.

The anti-vaxxers have not helped with the over-the-top rhetoric and I get that. But that shouldn't stop us from exercising our long-forgotten right to question conventional wisdom. Especially when the panicked remedies edge ever closer to threatening all aspects of our autonomy, with very little to show for it. You might not be particularly concerned about that right now, but you could still spare some empathy for those who feel differently about it, and are paying the cost.

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Rick S on Dec 10, 2021 at 12:20 pm

Watched the videos and Kate mislead the public about everything. Yukon's very own Jussie Smollett. What a joke.

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Denise Leschart on Dec 10, 2021 at 9:06 am

It is with deep dismay and disappointment that I read many of the comments above. I am dismayed and disappointed because there are many who have commented here without knowing ALL THE FACTS. I encourage you to go online and read Hansard to see what Kate had to say in the Yukon Legislative Assembly on November 25th, respecting the non-confidence vote in the current Liberal Government and the handling of the sexual abuse case at Hidden Valley School. These events began when a Yukon Party Government was in power. I've posted this on my Facebook Page. As for those are accusing Kate of taking away their livelihoods, I say this: You made the choice to do that. Yes I have been vaccinated three times because if it helps the common good, then I want to be part of that. To accuse someone else of taking away your job when you knew what the choice was and chose to do this to yourself is .... I have no words.

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Stephen Shabella on Dec 10, 2021 at 8:51 am

Tim Caricature will have a hard time explaining these so called actions once they are identified on video or will he try to explain them all as independents and renamed 'Yukon Freedom Party' members. This is right wingers not interested in Democracy but rather hooliganism. Suppression through intimidation by conservatives.

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I said Pardon on Dec 10, 2021 at 8:46 am

It wasn't so many years ago that Kate White was participating in legislature protests, but now that she is on the receiving end, it appears to be too much to handle. If you can't stand the heat, perhaps she should return to the bakery.

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yukoner on Dec 10, 2021 at 2:49 am

The videos will be shared on yukonfreedom.com after 1pm Friday dec. 10.

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drum on Dec 9, 2021 at 6:46 pm

I agree Wilf - let's talk about something that affects all Yukoners. The Cost of Living. Whether you are on a fixed income, welfare, earning wages or retired you must have noticed that the cost of all items have gone up. How are we going to be able to manage in the future? Where is it going to stop? How are we going to be able to eat, etc., in the future?

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Groucho d'North on Dec 9, 2021 at 12:56 pm

For those of you claiming to have taken video of this event, please advise where it can be viewed so we all can know the truth.
Thanks in advance.

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TheHammer on Dec 9, 2021 at 11:21 am

Bob penso @"freedom fighters....you are protected by the universe". Is this the same universe that brought COVID? My advice to you, and all those trying to tell people what to do, while going ballistic over what the Government try's to tell us what to do, stop trying to turn politics into a religion. It's just a side show.

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Bob penso on Dec 8, 2021 at 11:57 pm

Please keep up the good fight freedom fighters....you are protected by the universe.
Love all of you.

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Bob penso on Dec 8, 2021 at 11:56 pm

To all that have so much bad to say...put your real names on your posts...don't hide behind your screen.

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Bob penso on Dec 8, 2021 at 11:55 pm

So. I think all the people that want to change this BS government control need to do more... we should stop going to work "if they didn't take our job yet". And stop paying taxes. Stop everything.. what do we have to lose? Our freedom. Oh wait. No freedom, no pay check already... we can't continue to feed the system that has failed us. Let's start working together and be organized... we need real leaders to step up.. we need to build a true Yukon and Canada to be proud of.... please people let's not waste our time with these people that have a narrow minded view... all people this, all people that... calling us names and babies... who are the people really being violent? Who are really being babies...
I don't wear a mask and won't... you see a face in the store please talk.. please join together... I am here. Full name and no bs... be loud and proud and I am home to meet more people that want true discussions... I love you all for speaking your truth... let the nasty people bash me and feel good with their virtue signaling... my name is Bob and it's nice to meet you true Yukoners.

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Sheepchaser on Dec 8, 2021 at 11:29 pm

So again, Kate… wrong move here. Compliment engaged citizens and move on. Shame tactics do not work.
You have so much more to do.

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Not Ready for Primetime on Dec 8, 2021 at 8:53 pm

Sorry Kate, but if you can't handle some crass protestors without feeling threatened, you aren't ready to be Premier.

You are only getting a small taste of what you would deal with on a more regular basis if you were Premier or even a Minister. When you make tough decisions, you deal with tough consequences, that's what leadership is about. Constantly playing the victim will get you nowhere. Oh and this is only a short time after Emily Tredger said she was scared to be in the legislature with Tracy Mcphee.

The NDP are scared of their own shadows and the Yukon Party would make mince meat out of them if they somehow ever formed government.

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martin on Dec 8, 2021 at 7:24 pm

@Tj : What kind of person would be afraid of the future, (an unemployable YG worker?) I know tons of people that worked all their life in the private sector and done fine for themselves with no-union to protect them. And don't call anti-union; I am just too good to rely on something outside myself. Thank you for your attention.

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NeilAlexGeddy on Dec 8, 2021 at 6:51 pm

Some interesting repetitive behavior displayed by the leader of the NDP of late.
I've noticed an uncanny ability of the leader of the NDP to grab on to a piece of political discord and turn it into a media event centered on themselves. The vote on McPhee became a story about the personal trauma experienced by the leader of the NDP, and the the political discord on display at the legislature gain becomes a story about trauma felt by the leader of the NDP. That is an abnormal amount of fascination with oneself.

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Ophélie Charrière on Dec 8, 2021 at 5:48 pm

I lost my job on the 26th. I worked in this clinic for 3 to years. I decided to go to this protest on the 2nd, I was there from 4pm to about 8pm. The people there were all very nice, different careers, directors, employees, government, stewardess, health care... first Nations, white... Women, men... No one I've seen were violent. There was actually quite a bit of humor going on. Kate got booed, I've heard a few bad words and some people asked if they could ask her a few questions. She looked at the floor the whole time, went to her car and left. No one followed her and btw there was some cups in the parking lot. So Kate, speaking bad about people that just lost their jobs and that came protest peacefully is not cool at all

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Klondike k on Dec 8, 2021 at 3:22 pm

Kate should have slipped out the back on her fancy e bike…lol. Probably no fast chargers at the legislature.

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Yukon Cares on Dec 8, 2021 at 2:06 pm

I attend these rallies. These are good kind people. These are people who are vaxed and unvaxed joining together in a common goal to support our country and our Yukon in the basic right to work and feed our families and freedom of choice in regards of our health and body. They are our community. They care. Why is such division and separation going on?? These are our friends, family and neighbors, co-workers. Good people who support our community, work and pay their taxes.
I have seen no violent behavior, no spitting on cars, no blocking anyone. There is something inherently wrong when we purposefully take away a persons ability to buy food and pay for housing. And to Kate, there is camera footage of you leaving peacefully. It makes me wonder if you were the patsy to take one for the team in an effort to make good people of your community look really bad to support your cause, which is what now? We are good people, your community, standing strong. How about you now that your plan to hurt good people backfired?

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PJ's Ghost on Dec 8, 2021 at 1:45 pm

This is so Trumpian it's surprising they didn't bring gallows with them.

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You're being subjected to criticism on Dec 8, 2021 at 1:39 pm

What the people have to deal with from your government is abusive behaviour.
Care to comment on the last COVID death and why the person wasn't medevac'ed out of Watson Lake?
Two vaccinations + booster

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ELSIE on Dec 8, 2021 at 1:14 pm

I first heard on CBC that you said people spit on your car. Then it was that people were standing on cars, blocking people from getting in and out of cars, - whatever- make it sound as bad as you want. Those people would be happy to trade you places and still have a job to leave from at the end of the day. You cannot explain in any scientific way why you have to fire people who are not injected with an experimental 'product' that does not stop transmission or contagion AND all because of a virus that you have OVER 99% rate of recovery from. People's brains have fallen out!

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Wilf Carter on Dec 8, 2021 at 1:03 pm

Can we talk about something that interest Yukoners like a 5% inflation rate with a fake UIC rate.

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Rusty on Dec 8, 2021 at 11:58 am

To the people saying that Kate and the government put 300+ people out of work and ruined their lives. No. These employees chose that. They chose to be selfish, and not take the vaccine. They have no one to blame but themselves. Grow up and join the rest of us in reality.

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Jad on Dec 8, 2021 at 11:52 am

As most people justify these mandates as actions have consequences, we’ll Kate your actions have consequences as well, time for you to deal with the fallout of all the policies you support.

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Tj on Dec 8, 2021 at 11:42 am

Anyone who supports these draconian measures to coerce people against their will or lose their livelyhoods should be ashamed of themselves. You’ve let fear drive your decisions instead of reason. One day you’ll look back and regret it.

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AdmiralA$$ on Dec 8, 2021 at 11:01 am

Desperation breeds chaos. If you are going to create desperation don't be so shocked to see chaos.

As NB is now preparing to ban the un vaxed from grocery stores, it's obvious this policy is what is wanted by our politicians. This will stretch across Canada and more desperation will be created and thus turn into more chaos.

Vicious cycle created by the ever tightening hand. Be ready for more chaos if your goal is to create more desperation.
Our politicians want desperation, this is the tip of a large iceberg. Ignore it and be swallowed by the chaos.

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Groucho d'North on Dec 8, 2021 at 9:16 am

@woodcutter
I recall the violent behaviors when unions get charged up about all things political. It is not so much about left or right ideology, but rather there is something specific that they are pissed off about. Covid restrictions? Perhaps, but I suspect some of the protesters have a menu of reasons to select from as she continues to prop up this lame duck government.

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T on Dec 8, 2021 at 8:44 am

If you look at the news for Trudeau wanting to expand the mandates, you'll notice that it specifically excuses the Indigenous from having to follow any of these.

Why does the population with the lowest vaccination uptake get a free pass? I thought the science was clear and that society demands everyone get vaccinated? I wonder how moral crusaders will work this one out.

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Max Mack on Dec 8, 2021 at 8:23 am

Yet, White's version of events does not match up with eye-witness and video testimony of this alleged "violent" encounter.
Perhaps journalists should seek out the truth, instead of trying to ramp up anger against "anti-vaxxers".

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Anonymous on Dec 8, 2021 at 8:13 am

Ok everyone. Time to inject these untested and experimental drugs or else you're fired! By the way it's your choice, and no one is forcing you!
*The next day*

Nooooooo...! Why are they tarring and feathering me?!

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John on Dec 8, 2021 at 7:11 am

Speaking of abusive behaviour, what about your abuse of power? You said you would keep liberals accountable, you said you wanted McPhee fired, you cried over the hidden valley kids but what did you do? Nothing, you chose the easy path for you and chose to keep your luck by default position of power, that's abuse.

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Really? on Dec 8, 2021 at 6:14 am

Kate, you support actions to remove people's livelihood, you support segregation of a specific group of people. Unions, human rights groups, courts and government have absolutely abandoned them, and you expect a non-disruptive protest? I don't support violence but what you support is systematic government violence. You are no better then them.

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BnR on Dec 8, 2021 at 6:14 am

Mathews comment below is a perfect example of the entitled few who feel it’s ok to disrupt and do whatever they want, like spoiled little children holding their breath until they get their way.
Par for the course.
You’re the extreme minority Mathew. Grow up.

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Hey on Dec 8, 2021 at 6:08 am

Hey guess what, you're propping up a government that is directly attacking people's livelihoods and inherent human rights. Think everyone's just going to roll over under your boot?

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Bob penso on Dec 8, 2021 at 5:50 am

Crazy eh...look at the thumbs up and down. The people talking bad about people trying to protect there livelyhood...just a notice to all that openly discriminate and spread hate. We see you!

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Bob penso on Dec 8, 2021 at 5:47 am

Right wing. Really. Any of u left wing people actually come and talk to people. It's not left or right or unvaxx. It's vaxxed people too that are mad. So narrow minded.

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Bob penso on Dec 8, 2021 at 5:46 am

So sad. She has a job still... Guess people shouldn't be mad that the government in people's lives .. people will be homeless. But ya, sorry u have hurt feelings.

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KJ Dee on Dec 7, 2021 at 10:34 pm

I'd like to feel sorry. But I don't. Not even 1 percent. If you'd seen what I've seen this past while. People lose their jobs. Their ability to do anything. Zero pitty. Thank your lucky stars they didn't handcuff you and put you in a jail as has happened to many for just not wearing a bs mask.

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Well Duh on Dec 7, 2021 at 9:20 pm

"Tim Kucharuk, the press secretary for the Yukon Party, said Tuesday none of his MLAs experienced the same behaviour."

Well of course they didn't! Why would their own supporters be angry with them? The Yukon Party signed and delivered their petition. If anything, the Yukon Party probably encouraged them to come out and protest. Not publicly of course, but behind closed doors.

Especially after Kate refused to make Currie the new King!

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Yukon exe on Dec 7, 2021 at 8:55 pm

Kate, There were three independent filmers there that recorded the whole event. We have you on film leaving the building. And hard evidence on film of no one on vehicles, being violent, blocking or chasing you. There was a few raised voices when you walked by, but quickly calmed down afterwards. You were asked to talk to the people and you shook your head and walked away. That's what angered people. Treating us like plebs.

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MikeC on Dec 7, 2021 at 7:49 pm

@Matthew
Hey dipsh*t did you read the story or did you just gloss over it with your white rage Conservative eyes..peacefully my ass. Rights wingers don't know how to protest peacefully # hashtag Jan6 and when Trudeau was getting gravel chucked at him last election..gimme a break!

@Richard Smith
and here's a newsflash for you..mandates have been happening everywhere in the world for big employment sectors so the TYG doing it isn't actually something they thought of overnight.. Conservatives here's a thought - learn how to adapt and stop being such whiny babies.. you guys are ridiculous.

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bonanzajoe on Dec 7, 2021 at 7:32 pm

Disgusted: If I had the power, I would give those protesters freedom medals. They weren't violent like comrade Kate White would like you to believe. I did the same thing many years ago. But I wore a Canadian Army uniform and carried a rifle. And it was for the same thing - to guarantee your freedoms and democracy. Maybe you an Woodcutter should try it.

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bonanzajoe on Dec 7, 2021 at 7:26 pm

Poor Kate, can't take the heat. Get used to it. It's about to get worse. You Marxist can dish it out, but can't take it back. Remember, the Nation of Canada was born on freedoms. Many of its citizens fought and died during many wars to protect them. You and your comrades aren't going to take them away. Even sheeples eventually wake up. Oh and Woodcutter, you ain't seen nothing what right wingers can do. Advice, don't corner a rat. I grew up on the farm. I know what a cornered rat can do.

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DMZ on Dec 7, 2021 at 7:25 pm

They shouldn't be doing that, obviously. But with the greatest respect, Kate also threw her support behind the Wet’suwet’en territory protest, and while I don't follow it closely, I doubt that they are always the soul of decorum.

The cherrypicking of good protest/bad protest throughout the pandemic really gets to me. It's just so shameless.

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B on Dec 7, 2021 at 6:32 pm

Are your pants on fire Kate? Cuz even children know what happens to people's pants who lie. But maybe those who once supported you no longer think much of your politics given your dishonesty and support of lieberals immoral policies either. Funny, when the left jumps into bed with antifa, hypocritical folks like 'woodcutter' and 'disgusted' are happy to turn a blind eye or embrace the fascism, but the moment a dishonest politician makes up a story they are quick to cry wolf. Gotta love the crocodile tears of cowards.

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Jesse on Dec 7, 2021 at 6:01 pm

Weird, I was there, didn’t see anybody standing on cars. And when cars did drive through or try to leave people may have been slow as they didn’t notice right away but nobody purposefully blocked anybody. We don’t need to villainize people who are trying to protest losing their jobs and body autonomy.
Vaccinated people brought variants home and the unvaxxed are still the bad guys. They’re standing in the cold asking for freedom, and not just for themselves. Can we finally move on to promoting truth, data/statistical transparency and actual health measures?

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Angry yukoner on Dec 7, 2021 at 5:15 pm

If you want to play dirty you better be ready for the repercussions. Don't whine that you couldn't move your car for 3.5 seconds when you've just taken away jobs from hundreds and hundreds of your fellow yukoners. All because you don't want them to have a choice. Think about that next time you're inconvenienced for a couple seconds in between your big pay checks. I don't know how you sleep at night.

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Dieter on Dec 7, 2021 at 5:14 pm

Welcome to the big time miss Kate…be careful what you wish for and more importantly be careful where your values lie or lack there of.

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Salt on Dec 7, 2021 at 5:10 pm

A Reichstag fire type false flag would be welcomed by these sociopaths to demonize/criminalize the resistance.

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Unreal on Dec 7, 2021 at 4:50 pm

@disgusted

Currie won’t call out this behaviour he’s been actively encouraging it. Someone is going to get hurt or worse.
Will it be worth it then Dixon?

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Wilf Carter on Dec 7, 2021 at 4:44 pm

Why would some only go after the NDP and not other parties or was it staged?

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Spare us on Dec 7, 2021 at 4:37 pm

Is anyone else tired of the tattooed, trucker-cap wearing and amply imposing Kate White shriveling and sniveling that she feels unsafe every time anyone raises a note of dissent? Your overreaction isn’t fooling anyone, White. You have shown the people you have all the sensitivity of a wolverine. Keep up the theatrics and you might find you have something real to cry about. In the meantime, take a booster!

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Roy on Dec 7, 2021 at 4:37 pm

Childish behavior on behalf of “adults”

Show of hands - who here is surprised that the antivax/anti mandate crowd is the same type to get abusive and threatening? Anyone?
This behavior should be criticized by all political parties - something tells me the YP and Jonas will remain silent..

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Politico on Dec 7, 2021 at 4:27 pm

Amazing that when the right wing finds that all their arguments are debunked and all the misinformation has been fact checked and dismissed all they have to fall back on is violence.

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B on Dec 7, 2021 at 4:26 pm

Really Kate?! Let’s see the evidence of this alarming behaviour. Keep gaslighting and not addressing the real issues.

You wanted to be a politician Kate. You made that choice. Now stop complaining and know this is a consequence of YOUR actions. Isn’t this the exact same message the government is telling all of those FORCED to be without a job!?! Clearly the NDP is more concerned about keeping Sidney warm this winter. It is sadly very clear that neither the NDP or Liberals care about who is keeping the population warm and fed due to forced job loss.

People are angry. And rightfully so.

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Just stop on Dec 7, 2021 at 4:22 pm

These people are completely out of control. What little sympathy people may have had for them went by the wayside a long time ago. It’s the same 20 loudmouths all over social media. They make every single issue about Covid, vaccines and mandates even when no one was talking about that. The rest of the functioning thinking members of society can go days without even thinking or speaking of Covid.
I’m sorry to say but when you keep harping the same talking points and misinformation repeatedly it loses meaning, the same with the protests. No one is listening, nothing is changing. Either adapt or keep your ramblings to yourself and your like minded cronies. Just because you are a REALLY loud and obnoxious minority it doesn’t make you right.

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Yukon on Dec 7, 2021 at 4:13 pm

It wasn't like this at all. I lost my job and went to protest cause this is going to far. I'm very peaceful and was hoping it would be like most of the peaceful worldwide protests. I was there from 4pm to 8pm, when I left only Mr Silver had not left. I was at the entry of the parking side and I didn't see any violence. There was humor actually like: Merry Christmas from the unemployed!! Shout at the MLA. Several cops came by and even chatted with us and said thanks for keeping things peaceful. So I don't know what Mrs White is talking about.
I sent Mrs White an email 2 weeks ago explaining my situation and that I'd like her to respond to me and I've never gotten anything. Mrs White If you think people are all your friends these days, you live in pink world cause I m sorry but you are pushing a part of society away and still have the guts to say we are all in this together.

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TMYK on Dec 7, 2021 at 4:06 pm

I’m not on the side of the anti vax crowd, but Kate is lying.

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Blake on Dec 7, 2021 at 4:05 pm

You were asked nicely to answer some questions as soon as you came out, but instead of staying for a minute, you turned your back on a group of those that had just lost their jobs due to the mandate! It was after that, when you were past the group, that 1 guy started yelling at you, the guy on the mega phone quickly quieted him.

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Rick S on Dec 7, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Acceptable, nonaggressive, and nonviolent to destroy peoples' lives but unacceptable, aggressive and violent to hurl obscenities.

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Stefan Angerer on Dec 7, 2021 at 3:52 pm

She was not even near the protester's never mind surrounded. About 30 m away at least. Yes, she was booed out but what do you expect when you mess with peoples lives? Brad Cather's talked to us and all was very calm. Sandy Silver and John Streicker didn't even come out and face us. It's going to be interesting in the future because there will be prosecution and trials. Government and officials will be there.

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John G on Dec 7, 2021 at 3:49 pm

They did not physically assault you, they are venting their frustration and as you sit on your throne propping up the liberals you are responsible equally for destroying people’s liberties and livelihoods. You’re disgusting and so are the liberals. Creating a divide and segregating a population based on decisions they should be allowed to make for their own body. You’re very progressive Kate but you can’t see this for what it is? Boohoo prepare to deal with more of these protests.

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Len on Dec 7, 2021 at 3:48 pm

Outright lies! I was there with the group when Ms. White exited. Many of us were chanting "SHAME! SHAME!" Nobody was on a vehicle and nobody was with 100 feet of Ms. White's truck as she walked to it, and nobody was blocking her vehicle. There was zero violence. We have video to prove she is lying.

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TheHammer on Dec 7, 2021 at 3:47 pm

It's obvious from your previous comments that you are anti feminist. 'They are allowed to peacefully assemble'! Spitting at a woman is a peaceful assembly? 'Just because it's against your policies, doesn't mean they're wrong' to get abusive on the street? You've got a problem. It's not a political problem, it's a psychological problem acting itself out on society. Explosive personality disorder.

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Juniper Jackson on Dec 7, 2021 at 3:45 pm

You and Silver are directly responsible to putting 350 people off work, at Christmas time, people with families, mortgages, trying to use the force of government to break them. To make them go down the path you want them on. Politicians get to distance themselves from reality. But, when they are right in your face, that kinda makes it real personal. I expected much worse. Either change your ways or expect more personalization. I tried to warn you, as did many others. NOT once in the above commentary did you take any responsibility for this.

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Jeff Bikaboom on Dec 7, 2021 at 3:37 pm

Actions are more revealing of one's true character than words are. Perhaps the actions of the bureaucrats should be looked at for what they truly are. They can dish it out but they can't take it.

It appears the protesters don't sugarcoat it, they tell it like it is. Maybe instead of crying about it, you should listen to them. Try to understand their side. Go for a coffee with them. Oh wait.

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woodcutter on Dec 7, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Typical right wing behaviour, we see it happen time and time again.

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Disgusted on Dec 7, 2021 at 2:57 pm

This is what happens when people with fake petitions are encouraged to present them by the very divisive Yukon Party.
I would like to challenge the members of the Yukon Party to publicly decry these actions.
These protestors should be charged with assault and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Lock them up.

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Dave on Dec 7, 2021 at 2:53 pm

What do you expect when you’re F——— around with peoples lives. This isn’t some kind of game you know and people are beyond angry.

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George on Dec 7, 2021 at 2:36 pm

When you say one thing, even bring on tears, and then do another when children are involved, people lose faith in you.

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TheHammer on Dec 7, 2021 at 2:27 pm

Not hard to guess who they are. They have left their boot prints all over the comments pages. Identifiable by the comments they will leave on this news report.

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Hmmm on Dec 7, 2021 at 2:12 pm

“ Tim Kucharuk, the press secretary for the Yukon Party, said Tuesday none of his MLAs experienced the same behaviour.”
Why do you suppose that’s the case Tim? Think hard.

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Richard Smith on Dec 7, 2021 at 2:09 pm

Unbelievable, just unbelievable.

What do you expect Ms. White. You are supporting a government that just dismissed, without pay, scores of employees destroying their livelihoods and families.
Now they are off as a group enjoying the Christmas season in Vancouver.
Group activities like this are the main spreaders of covid even if all are vaccinated.
They will bring back covid with them to infect the Yukon further.
Is this power trip your party is on worth it?

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Matthew on Dec 7, 2021 at 1:42 pm

Boo hoo! You should be happy so many people are actually interested in politics. They are allowed to peacefully assemble, just because it's against your policies doesn't mean they're wrong, grow a thicker skin and move on.

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