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Shaunagh Stikeman

Premier dragging his feet on health care: candidate

Shaunagh Stikeman will challenge the premier for his seat in the legislature after winning the NDP nomination in Mountainview on Thursday night.

By Sidney Cohen on July 15, 2016

Shaunagh Stikeman will challenge the premier for his seat in the legislature after winning the NDP nomination in Mountainview on Thursday night.

Stikeman, a lawyer and Mountainview resident, beat out Skeeter Wright, the former executive director of the Little Salmon-Carmacks First Nation, for the NDP candidacy.

“I feel fantastic,” Stikeman told the Star this morning.

“There was a tremendous amount of people that showed up from the very young, age one, all the way up to our seniors, and people from all the neighbourhoods: Hillcrest Valleyview, Granger and McIntyre.”

Though Darrell Pasloski hasn’t officially announced his intentions to run, the Yukon Party membership voted to keep him on as leader in April.

“I am humbled and honoured to have the confidence of our party, and earning the right to serve Yukoners in the next mandate,” Pasloski told the Star at the time.

Mike Gladish, a former city councillor, is seeking the Liberal party nomination in the riding.

Stikeman said she was motivated to enter territorial politics after hearing her Mountainview neighbours say Pasloski, in his role as MLA, had “just stopped listening to their concerns.”

Since deciding to go out for the NDP nod, the mother of three young children said she has knocked on hundreds of doors. She heard that same refrain again and again – that Pasloski isn’t listening to the people he represents.

Residents are also concerned about the Yukon Party government’s proposed $200-million plan to widen a 40-kilometre stretch of the Alaska Highway that runs through Whitehorse and bisects the riding of Mountainview, said Stikeman.

“A mega-highway through the community will mean more congestion, not less, more pollution, not less,” she said.

If Pasloski was listening to his constituents, Stikeman added, he would know they oppose it.

She also suggested the premier is dragging his feet on the health care file.

Serious problems at the Whitehorse General Hospital, specifically surgery cancellations and bed shortages, were thrust into the public eye in a scathing letter by Dr. David Storey, a local surgeon, published last month in the Star.

“Last month, a woman with cancer was turned away from her mastectomy surgery. On the same day, a person in chronic pain saw his surgery cancelled too,” Stikeman said in an NDP news release announcing her win.

“It’s been a month. Where is the premier’s plan to fix our health care?”

Yukoners are tired of the old guard and want something new, Stikeman said. She sees herself as a fresh and receptive candidate.

“Yukoners deserve a lot better than what they’ve been getting for the last five years, and the people and families of my riding deserve better,” she said.

“I’m very excited for this election, and I think there’s going to be an enormous amount of support for the NDP.”

Comments (12)

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Politico on Jul 21, 2016 at 2:28 pm

@jussaying. So the down turn in the economy had nothing to do with the collapse of the Alberta economy? Also the Conservatives spent every last penny the province received from royalties and put nothing away for a rainy day. So that is also the fault of the NDP? Your prejudice against the left clouds your judgement.

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Just Sayin' on Jul 21, 2016 at 9:44 am

Please people, please, please pay attention to how the NDP has hurt the economy over and over. Let us look at Alberta. Even though we are a welfare territory we cannot afford to have a government who will expect out of territory investors, entrepreneurs, small business, big business to foot their socialist agendas.

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Mark Sanders on Jul 17, 2016 at 10:35 am

Yes, a very good candidate and health care is a major issue at the Whitehorse hospital.

And we all know where the he golfgate money came from- that funding could have helped some aspect of health care in town, maybe a few dialysis machines as a potential example.

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This premier has spent more on health care on Jul 17, 2016 at 9:50 am

than all the other premiers combined in the Yukon history. Do the math. Feds build the hospital.
It is to bad this candidate has to get fed so much of the NDP embellished facts of non truth on the Yukon history and today's work.This Yukon Party government if you add together seniors care, hospitals, women shelters and other centers has and is spending over $400 million on health care for our people. Most of any government in the Yukon Government history.
Liberal spent nothing when they were in power. This present liberal is against health care spending on seniors, the hospitals and services and defends the over $250 million cut to the Yukon Government funding in the next five years through not increases but cuts.
NDP were a total failure in health care and spent $10 of millions on health like the seniors building at the hospital that never opened.
Great track record by both of these parties.
Who wants to vote for that track record?
Not Yukoners.

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Politico on Jul 16, 2016 at 11:56 pm

@ Arn Anderson What a misrepresentation. 40 years of CON-servative rule in Alberta and not one penny put into a rainy day fund for when the inevitable crash came. The CON-sevatives gave tax rebates to the oil companies and cut social programs and now there is nothing left in the pot when the money runs out. But the good news is all the oil executives have their golden parachutes while their employees are unemployed. Are you proud of this?

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woodcutter on Jul 16, 2016 at 5:37 pm

@ mark

You got the timing of historical events all confused, as well as the importance of the all mighty Alberta. Oil prices were tanking before an NDP government was chosen by the Alberta citizens. The only fault the NDP had was being elected after all the money had been spent by the historical fiscal responsible conservative. I don't think Alberta was supporting all of Canada by themselves, when 2/3 of the population lives in Ontario and that is where the vast majority of this great countries tax base is.

As a background, I recall going to oil and gas workshops about 15 years ago and the Albertans there were happy as a pig in poop, when the oil prices were at $35/barrel. Why are they not happy now?

Look at the country now, all the past parties said they put the economy as their first priority, and look at the state of affairs.

Me thinks things, after about 12 years of economic boom, have finally come back to normal. Perhaps the boom lasted so long, that folks like Mike think they are the new normal.

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Goyukon on Jul 15, 2016 at 10:08 pm

Smart and energetic. This person would be an asset to any of the parties. Looks like there'll be a run for the money in Mountainview.

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Arn Anderson on Jul 15, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Health Care? NDP? hahahahaha, good laugh. Alberta just had $22 million cut from medical research. Do not vote NDP.

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June Jackson on Jul 15, 2016 at 8:58 pm

I think Shaunagh Stikeman will make an excellent MLA (until she turns into a politician anyway). She is bang on with the 200 million dollar highway, and health care, but not only the hospital problems, which are always there.. but I have friends who have lived here all of their lives and can't get medications paid for out of Chronic Disease, even though they pay their $250. premiums. There is something really wrong with that program. There are people who can't get reimbursed for travel to Vancouver to see cancer oncologists, problems in Insured.. actually the whole department is a mess.

Pasloski will run.. he is not smart enough not to.

As for NDP, no party, no matter who a person votes for, Liberal, NDP or an independent could possibly tick off as many people on so many different issues or do as poor a job of representing residents as the YP has. Good riddance to them.

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Mark on Jul 15, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Well you picked the wrong party didn't you? The NDP will never win federally so if you are ok with being ignored, then maybe you are in the right party.
The NDP simply never puts economy as #1 priority. The Yukon already is a welfare state so why elect a socialist party?
Alberta used to support all of Canada on it's own until NDP won and oil prices dropped.Now they are forced to hold their hand out.

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Ryan on Jul 15, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Smart educated woman I'm sure, but with the NDP government? No thanks! Just look at NDP in Alberta right now, and how the NDP killed BC's economy in the 90's. She just picked the wrong party to work with is all. She's better suited for the Liberals or seek a nomination for the Yukon Party and lead in a whole new direction....but no thanks for the NDP!!

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ProScience Greenie on Jul 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm

A most excellent candidate but in the wrong party.

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