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LAST YUKON FORAY – New Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau walks to meet with the media on July 17, 2013 in Whitehorse. Current Yukon MP Larry Bagnell, who was then out of office, is behind him.

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SAMPLING WINTER – Liberal MP Justin Trudeau enjoys one of Yukoners’ favourite pastimes during his January 2011 visit to the territory. Four months later, that year’s federal election relegated the Liberals to third place in the House of Commons.

Trudeau poised for first visit in four years

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to visit Whitehorse Friday and Saturday

By Whitehorse Star on August 31, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to visit Whitehorse Friday and Saturday to mingle with members of the public and make an announcement on behalf of the federal government.

Yukoners will be able to meet him between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday on the Yukon River side of the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, at a spot away from the fire pit, Yukon MP Larry Bagnell confirmed to the Star Wednesday afternoon.

“I invite all Yukoners to a casual, fun and family-friendly constituency event, including tea and bannock, and s’mores for kids,” Bagnell said.

“He (Trudeau) will arrive and talk to the people,” the MP added.

“It’s just a chance for him to meet Yukoners.”

Trudeau is not expected to be accompanied by any family members, though that could always change at the last minute.

Hank Karr and the Canucks have been invited to perform at the event. No formal announcements are on the agenda.

The prime minister and his entourage will spend Friday night in Whitehorse.

On Saturday morning, Trudeau will meet with members of the media to make what’s being billed as an important announcement about the Yukon’s future before leaving the city.

It will be Trudeau’s first foray to the territory since winning the October 2015 election.

He visited in January 2011, when, among other engagements, he did some dog mushing.

Trudeau was last in Whitehorse for a few days in July 2013, largely to attend the Assembly of First Nations’ Annual General Assembly.

He did not visit during the 2015 election campaign, and opted not to do the Yukon leg of the Canadian tour by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in September 2016.

The political landscape was radically different from today’s when Trudeau last set foot on Yukon soil in 2013.

At that time, the Liberals were the second-largest opposition party in the House of Commons after the New Democrats.

A longer-haired version of today’s prime minister had assumed his party’s leadership just three months before his visit.

Stephen Harper was the Conservative prime minister, the Yukon’s Ryan Leef was one of his MPs, the just-retired Dan Lang was the Conservative senator, and the conservative Yukon Party formed the territorial government.

Harper visited the territory almost every year of his nine years as prime minister, but events fully open to all members of the public, such as tomorrow’s with Trudeau, rarely occurred.

The time lag between Trudeau’s election victory and the pending trip has not escaped the attention of the Yukon Party.

“After 668 days as prime minister, Justin Trudeau has finally decided to travel north to Yukon – the only jurisdiction in the country he has yet to visit,” the party said in a statement Wednesday.

“The prime minister’s two-year-long snub of the territory is symbolic of a lack of focus placed by this Liberal government on Canada’s northern peoples. Over the course of the first half of his mandate, the prime minister has:

• Cut territorial transfers to Yukon by $6.5 million annually;

• Reduced health funding to northern jurisdictions where the cost of service delivery is even higher than in the South;

• Unilaterally banned resource development without consulting Yukoners; and

• Failed to make any improvements to Nutrition North Canada.”

The Yukon Party compiled a list of places Trudeau has visited over the last couple of years:

• Saint Kitts and Nevis

• The Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas

• Rome

• Malta

• New York City (x4)

• Paris (x2)

• Switzerland

• Brussels (x2)

• Madagascar

• Buenos Aires

• Havana

• Ireland.

“It’s time for the federal government to stop treating Yukon as an afterthought,” said official Opposition Leader Stacey Hassard.

“Further, Premier (Sandy) Silver needs to do a better job of ensuring that Yukon is taken seriously on the national stage.”

Early in his leadership, Trudeau raised many Yukoners’ eyebrows when he erroneously suggested there are no party politics in the territory.

Comments (31)

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Wilbur on Sep 6, 2017 at 9:46 pm

Remember when the self assuming "Yukon Party" gave a barbecue for Harper out on Fox Farm road. They invited 3000 people and only 150 showed up.
You mention the recently retired Conservative Senator (what happened to the workplace harassment charges) seems convenient.
Will the Yukon Party please get a leader elected? (The interm person is not qualified) Perhaps the jettisoned Senator?

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Wilbur on Sep 6, 2017 at 9:26 pm

Tina, do you not understand that the pollution tax will be fully refunded and is designed to get people to change our ways so that we use fewer fossil fuels.

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Trina on Sep 6, 2017 at 7:52 pm

Too bad nothing could or would have been said about our dire need for health and home care in our territory.
Nurses, doctors, medical equipment and more space!!!!

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More determined than ever on Sep 6, 2017 at 5:48 pm

Anie, totally agree with your comment. I am sorry, I allowed my frustration with some of the comments to get the best of me. I also believe that the way forward is by finding larger areas of common ground.

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Anie on Sep 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm

"more determined" could you not have made your point without calling those who don't agree with you "idiots"? We need to have respectful dialogue even at the local level, if we are ever to move forward. Otherwise we are doomed to just get deeper and deeper into the nastiness that has overwhelmed political discussion in recent months. Grown ups can and must disagree without calling each other names.

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More determined than ever on Sep 5, 2017 at 11:21 am

For the few liberal haters out there, it is going to be a long wait for your comments to enjoy any real support. Trudeau will get another term because you guys elected another neo con in Harper's image. That type of thinking does not cut it in the new world.
Keep making your hateful comments, it makes me and the people I consider friends more determined then ever to ensure you idiots remain yesterdays news.

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Tina on Sep 2, 2017 at 11:01 am

For those that voted in Trudeau, don't be cranky when the new expensive Carbon Tax is implemented soon, you will feel that in your pumps and power. Can't wait for next election, bye Trudeau!!

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ralpH on Sep 2, 2017 at 8:48 am

What's with Hazzard? After thought? No place on Earth gets pandered like the Yukon. Maybe just keep quite or He may just take another look at our circumstances and I don't think the outcomes would improve. Stacy hasn't the Yukon Party done enough ?!!!

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YingTongWillyWonka on Sep 1, 2017 at 5:27 pm

Upcoming Announcement : Yukon Inc to be traded to China in return for a cabinet slap-up dinner of Prawn Foo Yung from some anonymous eatery located on the outskirts of Shanghai. Fortune cookies provided will all say "careful now, this meal will have a nasty aftertaste".

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Groucho d'North on Sep 1, 2017 at 5:07 pm

*Not Paranoid Who do you think pays the carbon taxes his voluminous travelling circus will be charged? No skin off his nose.

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yay on Sep 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm

I haven't heard a peep out of Larry for many months. He's coming out of the wood work for the celebrity visit. Fun times. I'll skip it, but have a good time.

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Not Paranoid on Sep 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Oh thank god. I thought all those undercover SUVs were coming after ME....

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Fred Norris on Sep 1, 2017 at 1:14 pm

"On Saturday morning, Trudeau will meet with members of the media to make what’s being billed as an important announcement about the Yukon’s future"

The only announcement fitting that criteria will be the cancellation of the carbon tax.

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Allan Foster on Sep 1, 2017 at 1:02 pm

WOW - so much sniveling from the remnants of the Pasloski Party

Right Wing Politics in the Yukon is in desperate need of new blood.

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Groucho d'North on Sep 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Funding announcement for the new mosque is my guess.

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Matt on Sep 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm

That's it...I'm movin back to the Yukon just for this event...

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GT on Sep 1, 2017 at 12:11 pm

I am pumped -- why all the negativity. My advice change your ways Yukon Party. It's your attitude that will prevent me from ever supporting you -- Attack, attack ,attack. I have gained a lot of respect for the Yukon Liberals who are working with the NDP and the NDP for taking them up on it. Agree on everything no, but when they do they appear to be working together. It would be nice to see the Yukon Party do that. It would be good for the people!

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Ginger Johnson on Sep 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

“It’s time for the federal government to stop treating Yukon as an afterthought, said official Opposition Leader Stacey Hassard."
SOOOO - when will Sanctimonious Stacey finally admit that he's going to try to enter FEDERAL Politics ???

The upcoming battle for the between him, Darrell Drugstore and Corporal Camouflage for the Federal Conservative nomination in the Yukon will be very entertaining.

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jc on Sep 1, 2017 at 7:29 am

What do you suppose his important announcement will be? That he is appointing Bagnell as the next Senator of the Yukon? Any bets anyone?

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ProScience Greenie on Sep 1, 2017 at 6:29 am

Too bad the YP has to get all petty about this visit by the PM. It's not smart politics to do so. If they want to win the next election they'll need to win over as many right leaning Liberal votes as they can, not drive them away by taking the low road. Tons of valid reasons to go after the Libs in Ottawa but this is not the time and place.

The YP and Yukon Conservatives need a good housecleaning of dinosaurs and Palin/Trump style simple minded types if they want my vote again. Leef should stay clear of that if he wants a shot at winning the next election. Lean right fiscally and left socially.

As far as Trudeau goes, not all that impressed with the continued drunken sailor spending of our tax dollars. Just as bad as the Harper regime that way but better than having the NDP at the helm I guess.

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Kraker on Aug 31, 2017 at 10:33 pm

Doesn't he now the LBGTQ parade was in July?

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Miles Ocean on Aug 31, 2017 at 7:09 pm

Nice to hear Justin will be here. And thanks for working with First Nation people and environmentalists. I wonder what the announcement will be?
My only concern I have with the Liberals is the increase in the deficit. All the rest, go with it, you are a breath of fresh air.

Thanks for the invite Larry. To the Yukon Party- you were soundly defeated please make less noise.

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BnR on Aug 31, 2017 at 6:38 pm

Say what you like, but when Harper was here, he was spirited away to a YP and cronies only shindig out at Ryan Leef's buddies place.
Trudeau has popular appeal among millennial etc and those more in tune with social media. You may not like it, but this exposure works.

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Catherine on Aug 31, 2017 at 6:02 pm

An important announcement about the Yukon's future, did he sell us to China? I hope someone in the media has the chutzpah to ask him about Kang, to question his comments about small business being nothing but a front for rich Canadians to make money and cheat the government out of taxes; He did promise to cut small business tax, but he froze it instead. I hope someone can ask him about Khadr. I didn't like the way that deal was done. And about the illegal, (not irregular) borders crossers. He said that they had no advantage over Canadians or immigrants, but of course they do. The Knowledge Bureau has put out a commentary about this government going after Seniors, going to eliminate GIS by 2019. They expect to save 3 billion dollars over the bodies of these senior citizens. I hope someone can ask him why he broke his promise on election reform and how the budget is going to balance itself. Ontario alone has twice the debt of California with less than half the citizens. Someone posted that Canada owed money to the tune of 1.3 trillion dollars. That is a lot of money to balance itself. Lots of questions. And um, uh, um, uh, um. Was it all the Conservatives fault? um

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June Jackson on Aug 31, 2017 at 4:40 pm

I write this POS every single week... I also contribute to the New York Times and to any organization that is even thinking about giving him an award. Canada has never been as divided as it is right now, and he is the first Prime Minister to call his voters names for disagreeing with him. I am sorry he is here, to sully my community with his garbage.

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Wayne on Aug 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Oh my, lucky us.

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Good Grief... on Aug 31, 2017 at 3:43 pm

...well here is one dude that won't be going into town this weekend. The last thing I need is to see that Bumble-Head taking selfies. Please when you leave let's make it is your last trip here.

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Oh Goody on Aug 31, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Yet another good reason to spend the long weekend out of town. Are there any parades going on this weekend he could march in? That and smiling for selfies seem to be about all he's done for the last two years.

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Hugh Mungus on Aug 31, 2017 at 3:24 pm

What a joke the Yukon Party is. Out of one side of their mouth they cry that the PM doesn't travel enough and the other side that he travels too much.
And Trudeau wasn't entirely wrong about 'no party politics' in the Yukon; just old boys clubs lining their nests.

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einsteins-other-half on Aug 31, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Ten rounds with a grizzly bear, gloves off if preferred. Give him something to do between photo-ops and the obligatory canoe trip. See you in another three or four years I guess. Meh !

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Nile on Aug 31, 2017 at 2:33 pm

"He will arrive and talk to the people." That lone statement by our MP speaks volumes. Trudeau will address us peasants and we may even be so fortunate that he takes some selfies with us as we bask in his presence.

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