Whitehorse Daily Star

Spring sitting to begin on April 20

The 34th legislative assembly will begin its first spring sitting on April 20, Premier Sandy Silver announced early this afternoon.

By Whitehorse Star on March 2, 2017

The 34th legislative assembly will begin its first spring sitting on April 20, Premier Sandy Silver announced early this afternoon.

The three-month-old Liberal government will table the 2017-18 budget during the sitting, as well as legislation to make National Aboriginal Day on June 21 a statutory holiday, starting this year. Former NDP MLA Kevin Barr first proposed that idea to the legislature in 2015.

Amendments to the Vital Statistics Act and the Human Rights Act will also be brought forward during the sitting, according to a statement.

“I look forward to working respectfully with all members for the benefit of Yukoners during the upcoming sitting,” Silver said in the statement.

“We remain focused on delivering on our commitments to Yukoners in a fiscally-responsible manner.”

At the earliest, the territorial budget will be tabled 20 days after the end of the fiscal year on March 31.

In January, the government announced it had issued a special warrant for $29.4 million to continue funding the operations of government and capital projects on top of what was allotted in the 2016-17 budget.

The warrant was intended to last from Jan. 23 until Mach 31.

As of this afternoon’s press deadline, it remained unclear whether the government will issue a second special warrant to authorize additional spending after March 31, to last until the 2017-18 budget is passed in the legislature.

The Speaker will briefly convene the legislative assembly at 1 p.m., followed by an adjournment. MLAs will reconvene at 3 p.m., at which time Commissioner Doug Phillips will deliver the throne speech. He delivered a short speech during the one-afternoon sitting on Jan. 12.

Comments (3)

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Blaze it on Mar 3, 2017 at 3:42 pm

April 20 = 4/20 Fitting, no?

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There is the reason on Mar 3, 2017 at 11:07 am

for a deficit this issuing special warrants to cover all the funding this government can't afford any more because of the $900 million dollar cuts by Ottawa to the Yukon.

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Lost in the Yukon on Mar 3, 2017 at 4:19 am

What a sweet gig for Sandy and Crew (SAC) ... avoid public scrutiny for almost 6 months. This is the transparent government he promised?

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