Whitehorse Daily Star

YG’s list called problematic

The Liberal government has unilaterally picked “winners and losers” along the Alaska Highway, the Yukon Party charges.

By Whitehorse Star on May 19, 2020

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?”

Comments (23)

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Dentist on May 25, 2020 at 4:21 pm

And if the conservatives were in power, you can bet your boots that goodies would get the nod and Super A wouldn't. Besides the people driving through are stopping where ever they want to.

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Unfeckingbelievable on May 22, 2020 at 6:44 pm

Liberal friends get dividends... Those who are not can still be bought... Checks for everyone! You get a check, you get a check and, you get a check!

Lol - Now that the cat is out of the bag that the green industry is actually more destructive for the environment than traditional industry the Liberals had to find another green initiative - Handing our Money!

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Brent on May 22, 2020 at 5:19 pm

Has there been any deaths or non-recovered patients from the 1st wave of the Covid19 pandemic in the Yukon? Well done good people well done all. Now let's get ready for wave number two whatever those requirements will be to achieve the same health record to date.

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Fredia on May 22, 2020 at 3:54 pm

Patty Eyre, it's more like Josey Wails, lol!

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Groucho d'North on May 22, 2020 at 12:56 pm

I wondered how long it would take for the Big Brother tactics to be employed during this pandemic.
“Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.” Just do as you are told.

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At home in the Yukon on May 21, 2020 at 6:06 pm

The only risk of Covid 19 to Yukonners are people travelling through. I don't know all of the stops, but I live near Super A and Goodies. Super A supports pay at the pump gas pumps and has shut their doors near those pumps. This creates a safe place for people to fill up without affecting others. Goodies cannot offer the same safety. This seems a good call to me.

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Patti Eyre on May 21, 2020 at 2:38 pm

@JWales, lol, you don't hide? Josey is your legal name then? Or do you hide, hide, hide!

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Josey Wales on May 21, 2020 at 9:18 am

Hey Patti...congratulations on "finally" having a spore of accuracy to your participation.
That said...seems a tad "judgy" your post and often (but not always) general participation in this medium?
Considering you cannot shut up about "the lord", you seem very, very quick to judge all others that have views diametric to yours.

Your other post telling June to get off her high moral horse?
Wow...a special kind of cognitive dissonance you seem completely clueless of.
That is until now, you are welcome.

Oh yeah..YUP I am sooo soooooo aware that Josey Too does those things I illustrate above.
I speak for myself when doing so and hide behind no moral/religious facade when doing so.
I look forward to the predictable attacks from ewe and your ilk

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Dan Davidson on May 20, 2020 at 5:05 pm

If I understand this clearly, it's only those travelling through the territory quickly who are limited to the designated gas stations. Locals can go anywhere. Since all our COVID-19 cases have been from people who have been Outside, I'm not convinced that limiting the possibility of contagion is a bad thing.

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Patti Eyre on May 20, 2020 at 1:09 pm

Wilf and JC, Porter Creek Super A is owned by Scotty Kent's mentors: the Langs, long time CONservatives. So much for your full-baked theory!

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JC on May 20, 2020 at 11:15 am

The Liberals are sick individuals...don't vote for them ever again!

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David Griffiths on May 20, 2020 at 11:12 am

I appreciate YTG's attempt to limit our contact with transients. If you log on to YTG's web site you can find a list of all the businesses approved for use by travellers along the Alaska Highway between Watson Lake and Haines Junction. If you are the least bit concerned about potential contact and infection with Covid-19, then I recommend you avoid these businesses for the coming months.

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Douglas Martens on May 20, 2020 at 9:21 am

Liberal equality: some businesses are more equal than others it would seem.

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Wilf Carter on May 19, 2020 at 9:57 pm

It is interesting reading. Liberals are targeting Yukon Party riding. Not permitting hotels to open in Watson Lake creates high safety risk for people traveling. They have two options, drive through or sleep in their car. If you are traveling with kids or seniors sleeping in your car is not a good option because it is not healthy. All Liberals have done is increased the driving risk on Yukon roads when we have the second highest record of driving accidents of any where in Canada according to a report.

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JC on May 19, 2020 at 9:05 pm

Simple, all Liberal friends.

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Salt on May 19, 2020 at 6:04 pm

Yukoner, you would be singing a different tune if you were one of the business owners being denied customers by government fiat. Locals will no more avoid those stores than people are avoiding Canadian Tire or Walmart in Whitehorse.

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woodcutter on May 19, 2020 at 5:50 pm

Last time I was in Whitehorse, about 3 weeks ago, I filled up at goodies, and a quick phone call indicates you can. The Yukon is shut down to tourists traffic, and this time of year, that's the vast majority of folks who use the hotels in Watson lake, perhaps the owners decided to shut down and not go bankrupt running empty businesses. To my memory, there is only two places in Watson lake to get gas, and with out tourist traffic, the seasonal operation is probably not opening up this summer. Discussion with my cronies in Haines Junction indicate that fuel can be purchased from all three stations, 24 hours a day with your debit card.

It would appear, once again, that the conservatards, having nothing helpful to add to the discussion instead went to the old book of "spin", turn to the section called Trump, and read instructions under "alternative facts". However with a few phone calls, it's obvious they are so far off the mark of reality.
Do we Yukoners really want to have a group like this run our government? If your going to lie, at least pick a lie that is a little believable, Like Andrew Scheer did, when he said he was an insurance salesman.

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Lost In the Yukon on May 19, 2020 at 5:26 pm

This is the way Slippery Sandy Silver rolls ... remember the “consultation” on the Airport Improvement tax? The highway expansion in front of the airport! Slippery Sandy is just as authoritarian as the Yukon Party ever was ... just look at how he is blocking the Opposition and Third Party from exercising their roles and then essentially lying as to why he cancelled the budget meetings ... a Donald Trump wannabe? Maybe someone should look into who has been contributing to the Yukon Liberals. It may explain how businesses were chosen?

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Groucho d'North on May 19, 2020 at 4:28 pm

I'd be interested in knowing the criteria YG used to determine the winners & losers...and if others would score them the same way, each day.

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Dan Davidson on May 19, 2020 at 3:55 pm

Just wondering if the gas stations that were picked were the ones where you could use your card to pay at the pump and not have to meet people.

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Nicky on May 19, 2020 at 3:41 pm

Meanwhile those travelers are ignoring the restrictions and shopping at the big box stores in Whitehorse. The LIBgov proclamations are nothing but empty talk with no enforcement.

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Anie on May 19, 2020 at 3:40 pm

I found the document online. It's 2 pages, with a map and a list of "approved" places to stop. How on earth is the government allowed to get away with telling travellers "you may stop only at this gas station"? This is just plain wrong and must be walked back.

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Yukoner on May 19, 2020 at 3:12 pm

And the flip side is those businesses will probably have reduced local traffic, do you really want to use the same service that all the potentially COVID carrying passer throughs are using?

Opposition just has to find something to complain about at all times.

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