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LANDLORDS COMPROMISED, LEADER SAYS – Landlords and business owners will be adversely affected by the continuation of rent controls, Yukon Party Leader Currie Dixon said Tuesday.

Pillai has acquiesced to NDP agenda: Dixon

The new Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA) between the Liberals and NDP has the leader of the Yukon Party convinced the government is more interested in holding onto power than setting its own agenda.

By Whitehorse Star on February 1, 2023

The new Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA) between the Liberals and NDP has the leader of the Yukon Party convinced the government is more interested in holding onto power than setting its own agenda.

On Tuesday, Premier Ranj Pillai met with NDP Leader Kate White to announce the 2021 (CASA) between their two parties has been renewed into 2025. It had been set to expire yesterday.

The agreement gives the minority government support in a confidence vote in the legislature, and the NDP gets support for such policy initiatives as rent control and free transit service for Whitehorse.

“I get why Kate White would sign this agreement,” Yukon Party Leader Currie Dixon said in an interview Tuesday.

“She essentially gets to have her platform implemented despite receiving the fewest number of votes and the fewest number of seats in the legislative assembly.”

But Dixon said he was surprised that Pillai has renewed the agreement.

“He’s always tried to make the pitch that he was one of the few fiscally responsible, pro-business Liberals out there,” Dixon said.

“And now, in signing this, he’s trading away any credibility he had for two more years in power.”

Rent control, Dixon noted, was implemented as part of the original CASA signed in 2021.

The Yukon Party has said rent caps hurt landlords, and the Yukon Liberals have signalled some resistance to keeping them long-term.

Late in the legislative assembly’s fall 2022 sitting, Community Services Minister Richard Mostyn said the government would end the rent caps after January 2023. 

Rent control has not been eliminated though. As part of the new CASA, it’s been modified, but it will continue.

The new CASA’s continuation of rent control and the elimination of no-cause evictions, Dixon said, are “of significant concern” to his party.

Landlords and business owners will be adversely affected, he said. 

The Yukon Party has also been critical of other policies in the original 2021 CASA, such as the annual minimum wage hikes tied to increases in Whitehorse’s Consumer Price Index. 

Dixon said the NDP’s agreement with the government will also mean Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee will remain “enshrined” in cabinet for two more years – despite a non-binding motion supported by both opposition parties in 2021 asking that she resign.

McPhee faced heavy criticism as the former Education minister for her former department’s failure to communicate with parents during a sexual abuse scandal at Hidden Valley Elementary School in 2019.

The three NDP MLAs voted unanimously in favour of the bill asking her to step down.

Dixon also criticized the “hundreds of thousands of dollars” that will be spent on payroll for three staffers the NDP gets as part of the CASA.

White said Tuesday the extra staff give her party the resources to hear from more Yukoners across the territory and to bring the challenges they face to the legislature.

Dixon said Pillai needs to seek his own mandate from Yukoners if he wants to set his own political agenda. 

“No one elected this premier,” he said.

“No one voted for this agenda. This isn’t what Yukoners asked for.

“And so all this does is enshrine the status quo for two more years, instead of giving Yukoners a choice about who they want to lead the territory or how they want it led.”

Pillai has said repeatedly, both as the sole Liberal leadership candidate and as the premier – a role he assumed less than three weeks ago – that Yukoners want stability, so he won’t call a general election.

The Liberal government has eight MLAs, the same as the Yukon Party.

Without support from the NDP guaranteed through CASA, the government would be in a precarious situation.

Unless the government calls for a general election ahead of time, the next one must be held in November 2025. The territory has moved from five-year terms of office to four-year terms.

When that election is called, the new CASA will expire.

Comments (38)

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Snowman on Feb 3, 2023 at 6:54 pm

@Juniper "Dixon did not accept NDP demands. They are ill thought out, and damaging to the majority. That being the case, he was not willing to sacrifice his integrity on the alter of power."

Hate to break it to you Juniper but Currie absolutely did offer to sign the same deal and was absolutely willing to sacrifice his ideals for power. It was about a year or two ago that he tried to bring down the Liberals by offering to honor the exact same deal with the NDP, the only difference being that they support him as Premier instead of Silver. Currie is basically the scorned boy king who thinks he is being denied his crown. Typical of a frat guy I suppose.

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John on Feb 3, 2023 at 10:33 am

@ Nathan Living on Feb 2, 2023 at 3:10 pm

Yes Nathan we know you are a Liberal and NDP lover. Not something you should brag about in public.

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John on Feb 3, 2023 at 10:32 am

@ Clayton on Feb 2, 2023 at 9:46 am

Nice try Clayton. However, this is not the first salvo you made with virtually the same verbiage. I remember almost the same message last year as well.
You are a Liberal troll, nothing more. The closest you have been to a rental unit is inadvertently walking past one.

You need to brush up on your trolling skills to fool this forum...

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JC on Feb 2, 2023 at 9:50 pm


Oh, did the houses disappear? No? Sounds like 2 families can buy their houses, then. Crying about how your return on your real estate investment won't be as fat if you do the upkeep and upgrades you should isn't exactly a sympathetic position.

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Juniper Jackson on Feb 2, 2023 at 8:38 pm

JC: Thanks for your opinion. I'd really like everyone who cares about anything to post.

Dixon did not accept NDP demands. They are ill thought out, and damaging to the majority. That being the case, he was not willing to sacrifice his integrity on the alter of power. The Liberals did that. I have never voted Conservative before, but I just can't tolerate the Liberal party abuses of power any longer.

Thanks too, for your observation about my posts. I am entitled to an opinion as much as everyone else. If I am quoting 'facts' I will post all the back up URLs from which I garner information for the post.

I'd appreciate it if some commentators would refrain from targeting another commentator with personal remarks. Ya' don't like them? There is a thumbs down for that. Use it.

JC: Here I am with a personal comment. I have found many of your posts to be well thought out and well said, and appreciated the posts. So sorry we have disagreed on this one.

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bonanzajoe on Feb 2, 2023 at 8:00 pm

@Nathan Living on Feb 2, 2023: You really had to tell us this? We've been reading your posts. So, we should be surprised because?

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bonanzajoe on Feb 2, 2023 at 7:55 pm

@Groucho d'North on Feb 2, 2023: Unfortunately, and I say this with sadness, the silent majority is now turned left. Too many noncontributors who live off the tax payers have become lazy couch drinkers and druggy partiers. I have one living next to me. As I said before, there's not enough patriots left to vote in a right wing party.

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Groucho d'North on Feb 2, 2023 at 5:10 pm

@ Roy
The incumbent government gets the first opportunity at creating a coalition.

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JC on Feb 2, 2023 at 4:48 pm


The funniest thing about your objections are, you prove them wrong yourself. When parties are elected, aren't consulted about the policies they understood, they just do what they do while they are in power. That happens in every party. Moreover, if you are to accept that a party elected is a party legitimate, because of the amount of people who voted (as you imply with your voter breakdown) then it stands to reason that two parties agreeing to an agenda, representing the largest proportion, and indeed, a majority, is legitimate.

Your way, of accepting a casa only with the next highest % vited party, is just sour grapes. A majority is a majority, boo boo. Sorry you and the landlords and the other capitalist whiners have to confront that, but then again, I'm not actually sorry

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Roy on Feb 2, 2023 at 4:07 pm

@ Groucho d'North

You call it a "corruption of democracy" eh?
What are your thoughts about Currie Dixon who went to Kate after the votes were tallied and tried to form his own coalition?

Don't believe me? He is quoted in the Whitehorse Star saying he met with her and tried to join forces but failed.
I guess you can't vote for any party next election since they are all corrupt by your definition.

But something tells me you woulda found some way to justify it in your mind to make that coalition okay (with the NDP who I'm guessing you're not a fan of) while calling this coalition illegal and corrupt.

That's called hypocrisy.

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Nathan Living on Feb 2, 2023 at 3:10 pm

I voted Liberal and my second choice was the NDP so the new agreement is fine with me.

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yukonlibby on Feb 2, 2023 at 2:08 pm

@ Lead dog

I think if you take a look at the other two "consensus governments" in Canada, you'll find they are in much worse shape than ours. It's a nice dream, but if you can't get enough people pulling in the same direction it makes the situation worse and not better.

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Crunch on Feb 2, 2023 at 2:04 pm

When we were younger the Yukon was a haven in the opportunity for someone with ambition and drive. Helping out friends and getting the same in return. Today’s Yukon is a home for parasites and identity politics. It has been difficult to watch this.

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Groucho d'North on Feb 2, 2023 at 1:15 pm

@Conservative Collapse
While I can appriciate that the Liberals and their supporters are currently in denial about their popularity...or lack of it, but there was no Conservative collapse - it was a tie. With both the Liberals and the Yukon Party securing 8 seats each, the NDP got 3. To maintain their grip on power and advancing their agendas, Mr. Silver and Ms. White made a deal whereby we Yukoners will pay for all their important platform topics to be implemented. To date there has not been very much success from the first round of NDP issues that were implemented. I expect we will see more of the same going forward.
You can read the Election report and see for yourself how some of the ridings were won by just a few votes. Indicating a slide in support for Liberal governance. We can only wonder what the popular vote will be in the next electoral contest. Any bets?

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TheHammer on Feb 2, 2023 at 12:40 pm

So much for the affordability position. Like I said ‘affordability is not on the YP agenda.

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Raven on Feb 2, 2023 at 11:11 am

Currie the Poli Sci major getting out manoeuvred by a Baker…again. Too funny.

I think the YP needs retooling. Currie needs some seasoning as a leader and a politician, he needs to lose the confrontational part of his personality and they need to get rid of the Sweat Hogs (Stacey Brad Wade and Scott) who act like they’re in high school shop class.

All of you need to realize you work for ALL Yukoners not just the right wingers.

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Jim on Feb 2, 2023 at 9:53 am

@politico, as far as your democratic process goes, we could also look at it like this. The Yukon Party won the popular vote. The Liberals were second and the NDP were a distant third. So by your reckoning the Yukon Party should be the winner. I’m sure the Yukon Party regrets that they didn’t run a candidate in a riding of less than 200 votes which if the Liberals had won would be a totally different outcome. But nobody, absolutely nobody checked a box on their ballot that says we would like the two losers to form our government. This is a blatant ceremony for two power hungry individuals to keep their jobs. Ranj is agreeing to policy that he and his party have voted against and Kate is pinching her nose while she votes for policies which she has voted against before.

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Clayton on Feb 2, 2023 at 9:46 am

I'm a landlord with rentals in Downtown Whitehorse. A CAP of 5% and floor of 2% is great. I differ capital costs to lower interest rate years. There is nothing wrong with this new rental increase controls and the only landlords that would be mad are ones who hope to gouge tenants, so their opinion is meaningless noise, just like yours Curry.

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Groucho d'North on Feb 2, 2023 at 8:38 am

Judging by the number and flavour of the comments here so far, it appears the Liberal party whips have been recruiting their supporters to post favourable comments in support of this corruption of democracy. My money is on the silent majority who will speak loudest whenever the exhalted one decides to see how much the electorate supports them. I wonder how many screwups they can accomplish in their remaining time in office?

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Katelynn on Feb 2, 2023 at 8:35 am

Who else sees "Percy" of 'The Green Mile' fame here? Is this a doppelganger?

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Landlord on Feb 2, 2023 at 7:35 am

I own two rental properties (houses).
I do my best to ensure they’re, safe, clean, well maintained and reasonably priced.
I’ve been waiting to see if the CASA would be renewed because this affects my future plans for these houses
Both are older homes with older style construction, meaning they’re not that energy efficient. Even with grants and low interest loans, retrofitting them will cost me a lot with no way to recoup my investment. Why would I even bother?
With the changes now entrenched, I’ll be taking these houses out of the rental market and selling them leaving two families without homes, and you can thank Kate and Ranj for that. Being a landlord is tough enough these days and now it’s just become worse.
I keep wondering what’s next? Kate demanding the gov expropriate the houses? Give Emily Tredger full control over all rental properties?

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jack on Feb 1, 2023 at 10:37 pm

Election please, end this regime for good.

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Dallas on Feb 1, 2023 at 9:41 pm

Obviously lead dog politico and conservative collapse have zero idea about the numbers are, and if the Libs were not supported by the NDP the Yukon party would be in power, it never ceases to amaze me how stupid some people are, the territory use to chew them up and spit them out and they would turn tail for mommy’s basement…down south….

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Mark on Feb 1, 2023 at 9:15 pm

A quick review of the 2021 Yukon election results:

YP 8 seats (39% popular vote)
Lib 8 seats (32% popular vote)
NDP 3 seats (28% popular vote)

Is democracy working as intended?
What I am thinking is that if CASA-type governments are here to stay in the CURRENT form, then I would like to know the following information from each party before I cast my vote:

1. In the case that your party forms a minority government, which party(ies) would you enter into a CASA with should you choose this option? Which party(ies) would you not enter into a CASA with?
2. Which programs from a supporting party will you implement? Will this change any programs you intended to implement on your own?

The answers to such questions are important especially in the context of a PROJECTED minority government because a CASA is more likely to be established.
The primary issue I have with the current CASAs - Territorial and Federal - is that not one Yukoner nor Canadian citizen voted for a CASA or blended party. Yet here we are at the mercy of what political parties negotiate with other political parties AFTER we cast our votes. Is this democracy?

If CASA-type governments are here to stay, then I have a proposal that “better” sustains the intent of democracy and purpose of elections. Specifically, if a minority government is elected and a CASA is established, then the agreement must be between the elected minority government and the next party with the highest % of popular vote. With this approach the highest % of citizens (reflected by popular vote) are represented by government.

Apply this proposal to the results of the 2021 Yukon election:
Current CASA - 60% of voters represented in government (32% Lib + 28% NDP of popular vote)
Proposed CASA - 71% of voters represented in government (32% Lib + 39% YP of popular vote)

Is democracy working as intended? I am open to discuss change, but not have change without regard to the opinion of voters. All Yukoners should be concerned with the current situation regardless of political affiliation.

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bonanzajoe on Feb 1, 2023 at 7:27 pm

@John on Feb 1, 2023: They will get voted in again in 3 years. Because of all the money they gave the non contributors and their gov workers. Same goes for Federal Liberals and NDP. There aren't enough patriotic citizens left in Canada anymore to bring sanity back.

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bonanzajoe on Feb 1, 2023 at 7:23 pm

Follow the money: big paychecks, and bloated pensions. Oh yeah, and insider trading profits.

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JC on Feb 1, 2023 at 6:33 pm


You obviously missed where Currie WAS going to do this, with his whole chest.

But there again, I've never observed you having an abundance of awareness, either.

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JC on Feb 1, 2023 at 6:32 pm

Dixon sums up the axiom about conservatives: every accusation is a confession
Dixon was ready to sign the CASA for what? Starts with P and rhymes with Flower?

Absolutely on target, Currie.

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Landlord on Feb 1, 2023 at 5:12 pm

If I had crappy tenants that disrespected my property they would come home to find their shit scattered over the curb, pay the rent look after my property and you get to live there for another month, f@&k around find out…

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Conservative Collapse on Feb 1, 2023 at 3:32 pm

Let’s be serious here for a minute, Mr. Dixon. The leading cause of the NDP/Lib alliance is the quality of the alternative. If the Yukon Party didn’t associate itself with anti-vax absolutists and insurrectionist honkers, it might be seen as a reasonable choice. Maybe someone with a proven track record prior to politics is too much to ask for. As-is, the YP seems like an aged beer league team of creepy uncles who barely graduated high school. Past time for a building season. Don’t you think, coach?

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Lead dog on Feb 1, 2023 at 3:28 pm

Crying’ Currie. Always the bridesmaid huh? I guess we will have 2 more years of YP chirping meaningless nonsense from the sidelines.

I don’t think CASA goes far enough. I’d like to see the abolishment of party politics in the Yukon and recent back to a Consensus Model of government when MLAs vote for what is best for their constituents rather that what’s best for their party.

Just think about the work we could get done if we eliminated the ‘across the aisle’ attacks.

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Politico on Feb 1, 2023 at 3:26 pm

Currie again complaining about the democratic process. The majority of people voted against you. Get over it and get on with doing something "constructive" in government!

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Juniper Jackson on Feb 1, 2023 at 3:24 pm

Of course he did. No surprises there. I am glad that Curry would not stoop to dealing with the NDP. They are crazier than a s***house mouse. Who's going to pay for all the NDP crap? Me of course..and everyone else that pays a tax.

A note to landlords.. if you have any doubts about your tenants, get rid of them now. Once they realize they can't be evicted the poo poo is going to hit the fan. No cause.. you try to evict because they were drunk and disorderly. They say they weren't, you just want to get more money for the space. Who is going to be believed? If you have great tenants, now would be the time to give them some kind of a break. Good tenants are hard to find these days, as the good ones already have a place, and you are going to go for a ride with Social Services and welfare floaters.

Pillai will never call an election. He is not that confident is his ability to hold his seat.

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Juniper Jackson on Feb 1, 2023 at 3:15 pm

Well Mr. Dixon, after all is said and done. I am still happy that you did not dance with the devil. The Liberals keep throwing up past Con's..some of which are not even live now. You and your government are different people with different agendas. I have voted Liberal in the past, but never again. I personally can not condone the Liberal party lack of accountability, the scandals, lies, bad, bad legislation for the citizens. (Yeah, go ahead a die, MAID). I can not even be friends with Liberal supporters who think 5 ethics charges, accepting bribes, can be ok in our leaders. Our leaders are bereft of any moral compass.

So, I'll be voting Conservative..I'd appreciate it if you didn't screw it up.

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Mark on Feb 1, 2023 at 2:45 pm

…and we remain powerless as the NDP usurp our democratic principles. Perhaps the CASA should have been signed on January 6th.

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John on Feb 1, 2023 at 2:33 pm

Well Currie, having Silver 2.0 is what I expected - nothing less - however he literally has now signalled to give the whole store away more so then did his predecessor Silver 1.0. Strange, both - from the same province, the same school, the same class and lo and behold viola the same greed philosophy. One just cannot fix stupid or inane.

It will be interesting, when the writ does get dropped, to see these two leftist parties snarl and spit at each other for the leftover morsels - each clamouring for a share of the slop pail.

All I can say is we are glad we sold our rental (which ended up as a non-rental unit) and changed the investment to outside the territory when they brought rent control. Tough choice to make, but glad we did. We are not in a position to have other people live off of our hard earned income. Nor are we going to provide social assistance funding to others either.

Will be interesting to see how everything unfolds. Many of our long time friends have made similar moves - I expect there just maybe be a few more.
A sad, sad day it is. Two more years plus of an unelected socialist agenda.

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Steven on Feb 1, 2023 at 2:15 pm

That's right, Mr. Dixon, keep pretending that you didn't try to make the exact same deal with the NDP back in 2021. If the cons were in power (and thank God they are not) you would be doing the exact same thing today that Mr. Pallai is doing. Pathetic.

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Will on Feb 1, 2023 at 2:05 pm

Currie, Kate outmanoeuvred you.
My advice? Don’t take up chess.

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