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NDP Leader Kate White

‘There are definitely growing pains,’ White says

‘There are definitely growing pains,’ White says

By Whitehorse Star on December 3, 2021

NDP Leader Kate White paused for a long, thoughtful moment on Thursday afternoon as she was asked if she had any “buyer’s remorse” over her decision to sign an agreement that has kept the Yukon Liberals in government since the spring.

“That’s an excellent – and very pointed – question,” she told reporters. “No part of that relationship is easy.”

The Confidence and Supply Agreement gives the NDP a substantial amount of power to influence policy decisions in exchange for its support on confidence motions to keep the Liberals in power through 2023.

“It does require work, and you know, hearing through the grapevine the premier said we’re lacking leadership is an interesting one for me, because right now it’s only my leadership that’s keeping him in government,” she pointed out.

“And so, there are definitely growing pains. We know there will be gains and there will be knocks for sure. It’s at the end of a 30-day session, so things aren’t looking very rosy, but I’m an eternal optimist.”

As for the sitting itself, White said, “I’m sure from the outside this session was entertaining. It was a little less so from the inside. But I have to maintain that things can be better to do this job.

“There were hard days from within and from without. I’ve said before I’m living what I think electoral reform should look like and it’s difficult.”

White said Wednesday was both, as an example. An offer by her team resulted in the potential salvage of an important government bill (Bill 3) that seemed like it would die on the floor during second reading.

A negotiation with the Liberals found a last-minute workaround that will see the bill, which deals with municipal taxation and climate change initiative, including a home retrofit program, be brought back next spring for approval after the government spends a few months consulting with municipalities.

“I spent a long time talking to municipal leaders and trying to broker that deal, and it worked,” White said. “That’s a huge accomplishment.”

“All in all, it’s definitely been an interesting go-round. I’m proud of the work (MLAs) Annie Blake and Emily Tredger have done. It’s the first session for both, and they’ve grown so much.

“There’s definitely things to work on.”

White then took a more assertive and aggressive approach to her intentions.

She has no plans on giving up the fight to have wildland firefighters included in the presumptive cancers list coverage that is offered to other firefighters.

“I’m going to force the government to do include them, and if they won’t do it, I’ll do it,” she said without further explanation.

White said the same thing about banning evictions without cause.

“We’re going to force them to remove the loopholes in the Residential Landlord Act and if they don’t do it, we will do it.

“So there are things to look forward to, and there is a lot of work to be done and not a whole heck of a lot of time to do them.”

White said she had plans to look at the CASA agreement the NDP has with the Liberals. She noted the partnership hadn’t been in place for a full year, and many questions as to how it would function needed to be established.

“So it’s really hard to anticipate what the future is going to look like right now.”

White said what the NDP can do to pressure the government through the CASA while the legislature is not in session remains to be sorted out.

“I’m going to keep building that relationship.”

Tredger also took part in the news conference, chipping in with some thoughts on how the session went.

“Kate told me I would be very exhausted by the end of this session and she was absolutely right.”

“As a newer member of the legislature, I don’t ever want to forget that we’re here to represent Yukoners,” said the Whitehorse Centre MLA.

“Every time I speak, I want to choose words that will make the Yukon better. I don’t ever want to forget that.”

See letter on MLAs’ behaviour.

Comments (12)

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Patti Eyre on Dec 8, 2021 at 12:50 pm

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer even more. Amen!

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Weak Sauce on Dec 5, 2021 at 9:33 pm

Every time you turn around Kate White and Emily Tredger are literally crying about an issue. They are always trying to play the victim. They simply don't have the strength or fire to ever take on the Yukon Party. They lost that when Liz Hanson left.

The NDP are like a kitten caught in the middle of a war between the Red and Blue dragons (Liberal vs Conservative). As a left leaning voter, I'll stick with the Red dragon since it is our only hope of keeping the blue dragon at bay.

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Juniper Jackson on Dec 5, 2021 at 11:43 am

Kate decided to dance with the devil. In the end, we all pay for that piper.

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Joe on Dec 5, 2021 at 9:48 am

@captain obviously annoying…it's not hard to tell who gets govy benefits.

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drum on Dec 4, 2021 at 8:01 pm

Why would you support the Liberals in this Territory?

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Captain Obvious on Dec 4, 2021 at 2:13 pm


I click you according to Currie’s command
I give a thumb based on your political brand
I don’t judge the comments on fact or fiction
I’m robotic and doing this feeds my affliction
I’ve lost my sole and don’t have my own stand
I’m a Currie’s Clicker, just a lonely trigger hand

I try to brainwash with compromised ideology
Some say my dirty deeds require true apology
Damn the informed and empower the fringe
My modus operandi might cause you to cringe
I believe it’s all about getting the highest score
I’m a Currie’s Clicker, and this is a political war

My job started after Currie won second ballot
And he got a budget from the whatchamacallit
He promised to bring the party into the new age
He told me clicking would become the new rage
In my mother’s basement he suggested I dwell
I’m a Currie’s Clicker, living life now as an Incel

(Now on twitter at https://twitter.com/CaptainO_Yukon)

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Found in the Yukon on Dec 4, 2021 at 4:43 am

I can see why you’re lost in the Yukon. The concealing of the Hidden Valley sexual assaults on students from the parents was intolerable and should be criminal.
But bringing back the Yukon Party into power would see the Yukon go down the toilet again.
Privatize everything just like the liberals and full steam ahead for the rich and corporate greed, while screwing the environment and all who get in their way.
Kate and the NDP are the only ones who make any sense and the only ones who have heart and integrity.
If the liberals could lose the arrogance and stop incessantly patting themselves on the back while they fly down to Vancouver to watch a hockey game on taxpayers dime.

Kate and her colleagues are the only ones who show respect and care about others.

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George on Dec 3, 2021 at 6:28 pm

Kate you showed your true colors, massive political failure, you should resign.

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Mike on Dec 3, 2021 at 5:46 pm

Kate White is by far the biggest sell out hypocrite in Yukon politics. I'm sure glad you got those junkies a safe injection site. Hope it was worth it because your selfish motivations are a direct cause of all the nonsense you are seeing today. Nobody is having growing pains Kate. Silver was never qualified to lead as general manager of Walmart let alone be a premier.
This government has defaced the Yukon Territory and has followed no science when it comes to covid. Zero in fact, he believes he knows what he's talking about but hasn't had a clue being lead by doctors who guess what to do next. Here's a idea for the whole liberal party, RETIRE you're not representing the constituents of the Yukon, you're representing the agenda of the liberal party. Two completely different things. Kate White take a bow you are by far the biggest loser in politics.

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Glass houses on Dec 3, 2021 at 4:19 pm

@Lost in the Yukon

Such an apt moniker you selected as you are truly LOST. Maybe you missed the memo handed out at the last Shipyards Park mind meld but the YP dropped the Hidden Valley hot potato when the RCMP revealed that the abuse dates back to Paz’s mandate. Scott, Currie, Wade and Stacey were all in the know back in 2016 but it was swept under the carpet.

Anyway, Kate knows what’s up as do most people who made it beyond grade 8. There are 4 active, independent inquires underway to the Hidden Valley situation. All will find and disclose the evidence. That's when people can cast stones but you’ll notice the YPs silence on this file now is deafening and that speaks volumes.

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Lost In the Yukon on Dec 3, 2021 at 3:41 pm

The selling out of Kate White … from one too many feigned outraged moments, and tearful soliloquies Kate White has attempted to straddle the fence in her vain attempt to maintain relevance. But the shallowness of her beliefs were on full display when she had an opportunity to truly support the parents at Hidden Valley. When she had an opportunity to not only talk the tough talk but walk it also.

What did she do? Attempt to sit in the middle pretending to be the adult in the room and criticize both parties. One for the sins of a decade ago and one for the sins of today.
Personal ambition has doomed the NDP to irrelevance … when the opportunity came to answer the call to do the right thing, Kate White failed.

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Captain Obvious on Dec 3, 2021 at 3:23 pm


So ends thirty-one days of the fall legislative sitting
This will hopefully help with what needs interpreting
It featured the Yukon Liberal government in minority
The official opposition Yukon Party and NDP sorority

Aside from the usual important business of the House
It had plenty of theatre and rhetoric that did espouse
Of the winners and the losers who won, said the spun
Chicken dinner goes to Kate who outplayed everyone

Her party’s wish list advanced through the CASA deal
She spared us another election, allowing it to congeal
The big loser was Currie who trumped up a show fight
Set-up to fail after the police shed incriminating light

For Sandy and crew it was rocky nearly every day
Making it difficult to always remain above the fray
Along with bumps and bruises they all felt the sting
Now it’s time for all members to prepare for spring

(Now on twitter at https://twitter.com/CaptainO_Yukon)

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