The Liberal government has unilaterally picked “winners and losers” along the Alaska Highway, the Yukon Party charges.
Last week, the government released its list of approved businesses where people can shop, eat, stay, and gas up along the Alaska Highway as they transit through the territory.
“The problem is that the Liberals left many highway businesses off the list,” the Yukon Party said last Friday.
“For example, you can get gas at Porter Creek Super A but you cannot get gas at Goodies Gas in Porter Creek.
“In Watson Lake, where most businesses are on the highway, the Liberals have only approved one gas station. There are no hotels listed for Watson Lake, so if you arrive late at night, you cannot stay there.”
In Haines Junction, the official Opposition said, “you may only use one of the three gas stations, one of the three restaurants, and no hotels are listed.”
It appears the list was created without consultation nor notification to the businesses along the Alaska Highway, the party said.
“We understand the importance of reducing risk for those transiting through our territory, but there are dozens of legitimate businesses along the Alaska Highway that the Liberals have shut out entirely,” said Scott Kent, the Yukon Party MLA for Copperbelt South.
“We want to know: who did they consult with, and how did the Liberals decide who makes it on the list and who gets excluded?”