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Opposition Leader Currie Dixon

YP is out to topple minority government

The Yukon Party is making a bid to topple the governing Liberals in the legislature.

By Tim Giilck on November 22, 2021

The Yukon Party is making a bid to topple the governing Liberals in the legislature.

Opposition Leader Currie Dixon announced Sunday evening he will table a confidence motion in the legislative assembly this afternoon.

During an interview with the Star this morning, Dixon said he is introducing the motion because the Liberals have been “mismanaging a number of critical files”. They range from the Hidden Valley School sexual abuse scandal through medical clinics, health care and the budget, he said.

Dixon said he feels so strongly the current government has been a flop that he has offered the NDP the same critical role in a Yukon Party government he would head as the Liberals have granted.

Dixon said he has pledged to continue with the current Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA) the NDP has struck with the Liberals in late April in exchange for the party’s assistance in toppling the government.

“While I have significant concerns with some of the policies agreed to in the CASA, my desire to see real political accountability outweighs those concerns,” said Dixon.

“This is not an offer I have made lightly, but it is one that I feel is necessary in this situation and in the best interests of the territory.”

Dixon said he has approached NDP Kate White with the offer.

He told the Star her only reaction was to say “she would think about it.”

The release said the motion comes almost a month after MLAs voted in favour of a motion calling for deputy premier Tracy-Anne McPhee to resign from the cabinet over the government’s mishandling of the Hidden Valley School sexual abuse scandal.

Since then, Premier Sandy Silver has refused to remove McPhee and has ignored the legislature’s will on the matter.

“This Liberal government has demonstrated that they view the clearly expressed will of the Yukon Legislative Assembly as meaningless and something to be ignored,” said Dixon.

“Not only have the Liberals ignored the legislature, but they also continue to ignore parents and families from the Hidden Valley School community who continue to be frustrated by the ongoing refusal of the Liberal government to answer basic questions or provide information about what happened.”

The release noted that during the debate on the motion calling for McPhee’s resignation, members of the NDP caucus spoke strongly in favour of McPhee stepping down. NDP MLA Emily Tredger said: “It is not safe for her to be in the cabinet.”

Following the passage of the motion, White told media she would not vote against the government in a confidence motion because the commitments made by the Liberals in the two parties’ agreement are too important to her.

Recognizing this, Dixon has offered the NDP support for the CASA for the duration of that agreement so Yukoners do not have to go to the polls for the fourth time this year.

“Additionally, the Yukon Party would launch a truly independent public inquiry into the Hidden Valley School scandal,” the statement said.

“Such an inquiry would include the full duration of the assailant’s time in the school system, from his hiring to the present.”

A former educational assistant at the school was convicted of sexual interference against a child and served a jail term.

With McPhee as the Education minister, the government did not inform parents about the EA’s 2019 charge nor the later conviction and jail term.

White released this statement this morning:

“As the leader of the Yukon NDP, I have committed to providing confidence to the Liberal government until the end of our agreement. I will not be breaking this commitment,” she said.

“The most likely option of voting in favuor of a non-confidence motion would mean calling an election. No one but the Yukon Party thinks an election is what Yukon needs right now,” the NDP leader added.

“Our territory is not only facing a global pandemic. Yukoners are facing a health care crisis, a housing crisis, an opioid crisis, a mental health crisis and an education crisis.

“What Mr. Dixon is proposing does not help solving any of these issues, but rather advances his own personal interest,” White added.

“Ultimately, I always put Yukoners at the centre of my decisions. Yukoners need their elected officials to show leadership and to work on tackling these very real issues the territory is facing.

“They don’t need elected officials to play political games. They do not need another election.”

The Star contacted cabinet communications staff this morning for a response to Dixon’s move. There was no response.

Comments (79)

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Will on Nov 29, 2021 at 3:50 am

You might say, "Currie got curried".

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No Principles. on Nov 26, 2021 at 7:31 pm

@Politicians Suck

I hope you realize that Currie Dixon literally just came out and said he would keep the NDP rent cap along with every other NDP idea that the Liberals agreed to, just so he can be Premier. In other words, he has no principles and simply wants the throne that he feels he is entitled to. This is also why he gave Kate a last minute and fake apology before asking her to prop him up as the new Premier. This paints a pretty clear picture of the guy's moral compass wouldn't you say?

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Lawl on Nov 26, 2021 at 4:47 pm

What a hick.
It’s like Groundhog Day but Currie is just shooting himself in the foot over and over and over again.


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Politicians Suck on Nov 25, 2021 at 11:06 pm

So Kate says everything she does is for us whether or not we voted for her. Thanks for the rent control you and Sandy thought was a good idea!! Didn’t really finish the thought process on that one eh! Look at us now!! NDP should just fold because they will never win an election here.
I don’t think Kate has confidence in her own self. I think Kate finally realized that she will never win an election on her own merits, so the next best thing for her is to join up with the Sandy Show and that makes her feel good and feels like she’s still actually doing something instead of trying to blow smoke up peoples arses. Of course she’s not gonna reneg on her promise to Sandy. He’s all she’s got to stay in politics.
Shame on you Kate for selling out, shame on you for supporting the Yukon liberals, shame on you for your last gasp at self preservation by sticking by Sandy and the gang when really you should have been calling them out.
Another election doesn’t bother me. Let’s do it!

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Anie on Nov 25, 2021 at 2:56 pm

Juniper Jackson, I agree with many of your points, but I do not agree that Trudeau is calling the shots. Look closely, and you can't miss Gerald Butts.

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Kingo on Nov 25, 2021 at 6:14 am

Kate white is not part and parcel of the deceit, negligence and arrogance. National destruction party at its finest.

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Juniper Jackson on Nov 24, 2021 at 9:09 pm

Hi Chuckie.. Thanks for the reply. Yes, electricity has always been high, but we received a subsidy on it, which the Liberals cancelled and hydro went up 33%. I don't live all over the world, I live right here in Whitehorse. I do totally agree with you about the working poor. I know people living 15 in a 2 bedroom apartment, trying to save money. I know Seniors, their rent went up 750 a month, but their pensions went up 2 bucks. Businesses ARE closing down because of an individual. Trudeau is calling the shots. He's setting the policies. The buck stops with him.
I am happy for you that you are not concerned about the deficit, about inflation, about your kids and grands, if you have them, about empty shelves, about the suicides, about the crime and drugs. That's ok. I'll worry for you. And I will continue to write letters and forums. Google will translate so I get to write in the France, Germany, Greece forums, and the UN, 3 of theirs.
BTW. You could have written an entire rebuttal/opinion without attacking me. Try that next time.

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Adam Smith on Nov 24, 2021 at 7:54 pm

Currie Dixon coming out and saying he would accept the NDP agreement that the Liberals currently have, is EXACTLY why the new Yukon Freedom Party had to be formed. There needs to be a real right wing alternative to all of this craziness.

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Joe on Nov 24, 2021 at 6:28 pm

@all… hey lib clickers and paid support, most Yukoners ( popular vote) support Currie’s move to stop the liberal fiasco. It will happen soon enough. Kate showed her true colours, all talk no action and now we know she would rather sit on the sidelines than actually do something.

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Dan Davidson on Nov 24, 2021 at 4:52 pm

Two words describe the Yukon Party and Mr. Dixon's track record on transparency: Peel Watershed.

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Jim on Nov 24, 2021 at 4:25 pm

I am surprised at most of the comments on this story. Currie is using political gamesmanship to put Kate on the spot. Since she has already voted with the opposition in a no confidence vote against the Liberals minister McPhee, she will seem two faced if she supports them now. You can’t honestly believe that anyone expects the Liberals to fall, especially Dixon. But it does set up an interesting scenario going forward. The person that has the most to lose is Kate. She has to hold her nose after all the grandstanding about the Hidden Valley disaster and vote with the Liberals to guarantee their pensions. Well played Currie.

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Politico on Nov 24, 2021 at 1:34 pm

Currie talks out of both sides of his mouth. Didn't he just claim that a Liberal/NDP coalition would destroy the Yukon and now, for the sake of political power he's willing to make a deal with them, hypocrite! And so he wants another election, did he also say an election during Covid would be a bad idea. Political Animal!

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Captain Obvious on Nov 24, 2021 at 11:09 am


Currie’s non-confidence motion has revealed
He’s a power-hungry lad who knows no yield
Willing to risk all to grab the reigns of power
No price is too high to move up in the tower
The costly socialist agenda is suddenly fine
He’d honour the CASA and toe the NDP line

He knew the collaborative deal goes to 2023
It can’t be transferred as he wants you to see
Forcing another early election it could bring
“Unnecessary!” he decried just last spring
Beware absolute power corrupts absolutely
For young Currie, it’s transpired too quickly

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TMYK on Nov 24, 2021 at 7:15 am

Why are no reporters asking the Liberals about meeting with lobbyists regarding privatizing Yukon healthcare? It's there in the Lobby registry!

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drum on Nov 23, 2021 at 8:21 pm

Be careful what you wish for!!!!!!!

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Chuck Farley on Nov 23, 2021 at 6:49 pm

Juniper Jackson; doom and gloom; kinda reminds me of Debbie Downer; news flash JJ, the effects of the pandemic are global. You make it out that it is just Yukon/Canada, you say that the ones complaining about the high rents are the ones on SA; guess what we have citizens who are working; some 2 jobs and can't afford a place. You bitch about the high cost of our hydro and blame the prime minister. Well we have had high electrical costs for a long time and this is a local issue. Businesses are not closing down because of an individual. Get out of the basement look for yourself as to what is really going on.

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bonanzajoe on Nov 23, 2021 at 4:32 pm

cowgirl: And Kate sure likes her cake.

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YP is still Paz on Nov 23, 2021 at 4:16 pm

Remember when Cryin’ Currie was absolutely foaming at the mouth over the LIB-NDP coalition. Now he wants the same deal. What a nob.

Just when I think the YP can’t sink lower, they somehow manage.
Why would Kate want to work with the very clowns that attacked her in that horrific text string?

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Disappointed parent on Nov 23, 2021 at 3:38 pm

I have to say it is very disappointing that the NDP would tell us parents a month ago they want to help us get answers about what happened but now they're just like the government and kicking this can down the road... you either believe the government messed up or you don't...you can't have it both ways...as a parent I will make sure everyone is aware of how the NDP vote.

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Al on Nov 23, 2021 at 2:50 pm

When parties enter into an agreement/contract it is always premised to be on condition that both parties will act in good faith. Good faith can, and often does, extend itself to the overall business activities of an organization, and not just confined to elements of the contract/agreement. There are countless examples we see every day in the news where one party acts in poor faith and the other party pulls out, sometimes on moral grounds.

Why do I mention this. Well the NDP and YLP entered into an agreement/contract. Even though the YLP (who is carrying the largest part of the performance requirements) and is performing, their actions are of major concern (as the NDP have articulated in the legislature) to the NDP. Even though the NDP would not in any way want to cancel their agreement - nothing stops them from fulfilling their obligation of what they promised to do because of the grievous act(s) of the YLP its inherently opposite of what the NDP bargained for. In other words while there is not a specific breach there is always a line in the sand of morality whereby they may want to disassociate themselves so as not to be tarnished by what the YLP has/is done/doing.

So Ms White, you can take the moral high ground and remove your party from the pact/agreement/contract given that the collateral issues you are faced with are/is not in keeping with the code of conduct that is permissible for you to be tied to. Therefore your argument "...she would not vote against the government in a confidence motion because the commitments made by the Liberals in the two parties’ agreement are too important to her." The conundrum she has posed to herself, and her party, is that she doing two things: first she is taking a rather selfish stance, and even though not articulating this - she is saying that the YLP can do anything they want, as long as the NDP gets what they want. The worse is that any future misdeeds, should they occur, will be shrugged off by the YLP as believing they have carte blanche to act in any manner they wish, knowing that Ms White will not support a non-confidence motion. For goodness sake, look at what we see now happening as being what it is - just what would it take for you to protect your own values, or at least the values you espouse?

Unfortunately Ms White you are asking the public to let you have your cake and eat it too, even though the other party has unclean hands, as seen by their actions. Pretty slippery slope you are treading on. There should be consequences for what is truly nefarious. You are condoning their misdeeds - or at the very least turning a blind eye and should not support the motion you are clearly supporting the government. Just a tad bit of an oxymoron wouldn't you say? How far are you prepared to stoop? A question only you and your party can answer. Just remember, in politics perception is 80% of what we see.

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TheHammer on Nov 23, 2021 at 1:30 pm

The strategy is obvious, it's to give the newly formed Yukon Freedom Party a toehold on Yukon politics. And together these two right wing parties will form the next minority government.

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TheHammer on Nov 23, 2021 at 1:19 pm

To all right wing supporters, cozying up to the NDP is not going to win you any votes. To all NDP supporters, a shift to the right is not going to win you any votes. To all middle of the road Liberals, stay on track. If the no confidence vote fails, Currie should be asked to resign.

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Juniper Jackson on Nov 23, 2021 at 1:17 pm

The Liberals are so destructive I can not understand why anyone supports them.. Federally, we are in so much trouble as more and more factories shut down, more and more regulations, more and more businesses moving to the US, longer food lines, more food banks opening up. People griping about 'affordable' housing while sitting on welfare. People griping about the price of meat, so stealing a steak.. (I saw it at Superstore yesterday). The price of electricity is off the wall. The country nearly 2 trillion dollars in debt now with on 27.2 million taxpayers!!! Trudeau is closing down business as fast as he can, so we can't count on trade or business tax to make up any of the deficit payment. You, and me are going to have to pay it. Canada lost its AAA credit rating, that means our interest rates are high. https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/each-canadian-is-on-the-hook-for-57,500-in-government-debt-canada-day-debt-report

Why do people not see how much trouble we are in? On top of all of this..is the pandemic. Fear, lies, division. How are you sleeping at night? Me? Not very well..I worry about things I can do nothing about except write a letter, I am going without meat, hearing aids, medicine. I am afraid for my kids, grands and great grands. The Liberals have to go..but I feel really sorry for the Cons, who will have to clean up this mess.

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Josey Wales on Nov 23, 2021 at 1:10 pm

Gee...one thought of heeling the SS, out come the vipers.

No politician can help us, we must help ourselves.
Blind faith in any ideological mission will only cause you harm.
They will not hold the power if we don’t give it to them.
All political blowholes are just people, often very flawed people ...lording over us.

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A cover up on Nov 23, 2021 at 12:09 pm

If Kate & NDP cared about answers for parents they would support the proposal for a public inquiry and get it started right away.

Stop helping liberals keep this information hidden. Stop telling parents to wait. Stop hiding this information.

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Joe on Nov 23, 2021 at 11:21 am

Omg Kate, take the deal. You’ve never been in a better position to advance your party. First off you will look good for ending this liberal government side show- more concerned about pensions than anything else. Second, you will be one of the first NDP parties to actually pull the Yukon party towards some of your policies - win, win and you will be seen as a true leader who cares about the Yukon. If you don’t take the deal, it's very obvious the Yukon party is heading towards a majority regardless and you will look like a weak leader and be remembered as letting the liberals get away with it - all talk no action. Your choice.

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Devolution was a Mistake on Nov 23, 2021 at 11:10 am

Imagine a territory where a government led by the Dixonites is considered a viable option. Honestly, do you see any competence or capacity to govern from any of the parties? I don’t. Listen to the legislative assembly. They spend more time on tributes than question period.

What a failure devolution was. You simply can’t form a government with so many responsibilities from such a small populace.
This is what you get when the people voting care more about where a person was born and raised than their credentials and experience.

What a joke.

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NeilAlexGeddy on Nov 23, 2021 at 11:08 am

Well .... the Yukon Liberal Party under Silver is in a close race with Pasloski's Yukon Party for the the title of most incompetent governing party the Yukon has seen.

Yes , Silver needs to go, but I am not sure if the majority can stomach an election this soon. This is just a ploy on Dixon's part to keep the failures of Silver front and center in the news headlines.

If Silver wants to fight back he should be asking why Smith is doing the talking for the YP on the Covid issue and direct the voter to Smith's FB page to see what rational views are on display there.

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Gilles Fortin on Nov 23, 2021 at 10:37 am

A right wing conservative Canadian political party is trying to get into bed
with the NDP ?

When do I wake up from this weird dream ?

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true colors eventually show on Nov 23, 2021 at 10:33 am

A month ago the NDP told us they would get answers for the parents. Now they have the chance to do that and they are going to keep the liberals around who are hiding this information from parents. This is very sad. I hope the NDP start putting the parents and children first and don't reward the liberals.

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Bob Nevin on Nov 23, 2021 at 10:31 am

When Dixon became party leader I expected him to get rid of the party's
self-serving deadwood and move it into this century.
He did not.

All I see, hear and smell from him is the same old Pasloski politics.

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CJ2 on Nov 23, 2021 at 9:35 am

The strategy is questionable, I think one thing that a lot of people don't like is the deal that the Liberals made with the NDP.

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Observer on Nov 23, 2021 at 9:20 am

Ha ha, they don't call them the "currie clickers" for nothing. They have been busy on this story!

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Groucho d'North on Nov 23, 2021 at 8:58 am

I believe this is long overdue and we are past ready for giving our government a tune-up. I am tired of the Liberal arrogance and contempt they exhibit in their thin, incomplete and dictatorial communications to the people they are supposed to be serving.

The subterfuge of spending more tax dollars to hire a lawyer to examine what they already know but are afraid to admit to the public. Their pensions were more valued than dutifully performing their jobs as they should have. The Premier and the rest of the Cabinet ministers knew about the violations at the school the day after the Education department did, and in their discussions on how to handle this vile issue, they chose to remain silent and not inform the school’s parents in order to not risk a poor result in the election.

Even when this is brought to public light, they stand in the Legislature and obfuscate the matter to run out the clock until the end of January when they qualify for their pensions. Ethics and principles still have meaning and value for Yukoners and it's time for us to demonstrate how we deal with self-serving political arrogance and betrayal.

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Sheepchaser on Nov 23, 2021 at 8:51 am

Mr. Dixon’s pipe must be hot to the touch. You can’t make all the public fumbles of the last several months and then look for a partner to prop you up based on public announcements. If this had any chance, it would be secretive until it had succeeded. That’s a necessary element of staging a coup… Amateurs.

The insurgent right really does live in a skewed reality of their own imagination.

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AdmiralA$$ on Nov 23, 2021 at 8:44 am

Conservative party under Harper sold us to the banks...look at the cost of a house or the cost of an ounce of gold in Canada. Trudeau's liberals has sold us to big pharma....if we get an election do yourselves a favor and put your own name on the ballot, all of us. We own the government not the other way around Ladies and Gents prove it this election.

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Currie's Move on Nov 23, 2021 at 8:30 am

It's a wise gambit for Currie to force the NDP to show their true colours while this agreement is in place. He probably doubts this will go anywhere, but it pegs the NDP as preferring to hold onto a position of power than properly dealing with the school abuse issue. It exposes them as simple power mongers (like the rest of the parties), not as the moral and ethical saviours they portray themselves as. It helps expose one of their advantages, the naive hope that they're "different" and more honest in some way than the Liberals or YP.

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Wes on Nov 23, 2021 at 6:57 am

Why did the Yukon Party sweep the Hidden Valley school abuse under the rug when they had a chance to deal with it?
Was it because an election was coming up?
SHAME ON DOUG GRAHAM who was minister of education when this issue began. He and Pasloski could have dealt with this but they didn't for political reasons.

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HV parent on Nov 23, 2021 at 6:51 am

Kate is helping the government hide answers about sexual abuse from us parents. Disgusting.

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KP on Nov 23, 2021 at 6:17 am

You have to wonder if the NDP don't vote against a government over a sex abuse cover up what would it take for them to vote against a government?

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RMK on Nov 23, 2021 at 6:00 am

Governments are decided democratically by the people during something called an election. Perhaps Mr Dixon has heard of them? He should of because he lost the last one.
Currie doesn’t have the mandate to bring down a government no matter how much he wants to. That’s decided by the people.
Be patient Currie.

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Benn on Nov 23, 2021 at 5:44 am

If Kate signs a CASA with the so called Yukon Party will she then be included in that caucus's group texting?

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Dixon’s Duramax on Nov 23, 2021 at 5:43 am

So Miss White of the NDP won’t okay to play ball with Currie.
Gosh, wonder why that is?
Wade, Stacey, any comments?

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get rid of McPhee and Morgan on Nov 23, 2021 at 1:56 am

Get rid of McPhee and Morgan. This would go a long ways if the Liberals did this. An election will likely be called otherwise. Why protect the M and M coverups? How can anybody who was involved in the Hidden Valley fiasco even still be employed? I told one of the Liberals canvassing that McPhee would cost their party everything including the election - I guess my crystal ball shines brighter than Sandy Silvers. It's coming.

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The Truth on Nov 22, 2021 at 10:34 pm

I guess when the NDP said it was too dangerous for McPhee to be a Minister they were only posturing for the parents.

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Politico on Nov 22, 2021 at 10:19 pm

An election during a pandemic. Seems someone should oppose this Currie?

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Chris Fox on Nov 22, 2021 at 9:09 pm

Log Cabin Cathers - Sanctimonious Stacey - Bluto Istchenko - Snivelling Scott
are all still doing everything they can to keep their jobs and nothing of use
to the Yukon.

YA want my vote Dixon ? - then get rid of the DEADWOOD

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Shameful Play for Power on Nov 22, 2021 at 8:58 pm

Ah, so the boy king feels he was unfairly denied his throne and is now begging the NDP to give him the power he feels he deserves.
Less than a year in from the last election and he is already trying to topple the government. What a childish thing to do.

Anyone who craves power this much, should never have it. He was even willing to throw his supposed conservative principles out the window and implement everything the NDP wants under the current agreement. That alone shows you how desperately Creepy Currie craves power - and will sacrifice anyone/anything to seize it.

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Allan Stanley on Nov 22, 2021 at 8:57 pm

There's a new "Zelezny Party" in the territory.

It'll get a lot of votes from people that are tired of the ridiculous, never ending Pasloski Party song and dance.
Dickie Doo better be careful what he wishes for.

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Observer on Nov 22, 2021 at 8:35 pm

Sometimes the politics in our little territory is just a bit much. You have to laugh because if you didn't you might end up crying.
This proves that the right will do anything to attain power, them and their right wing supporters have been bad mouthing the government since they lost power. They don't care about the people or children, they care about power and the ability to abuse it.

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No confidence in non-confidence on Nov 22, 2021 at 8:17 pm

After the couple of local and federal elections and no change, I don’t have much confidence in this, sadly.

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bonanzajoe on Nov 22, 2021 at 7:37 pm

“Our territory is not only facing a global pandemic. Yukoners are facing a health care crisis, a housing crisis, an opioid crisis, a mental health crisis and an education crisis." She forgot a "socialist crisis". That's too much free money given to the non contributors. Putting the Territory in so much debt, it cannot be paid off for generations. Money must be earned, not printed. Money is meant to be spent, not squandered; to be spent wisely, not foolishly. Socialist never learned the true value of money. Nor ever will.

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Jimbo on Nov 22, 2021 at 7:27 pm

What is Curry's point?

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Ben on Nov 22, 2021 at 6:40 pm

Thank you Mr Dixon. Best thing I’ve heard in months.

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Beaker on Nov 22, 2021 at 5:36 pm

Remember it was the useless Federal Liberals that invoked an election on the Canadian people…in a pandemic no less. So if an election is what’s needed so be it, perhaps we can rid the Yukon of the SS Klondike and Rent Kap Kate all in one swoosh.

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TakethedealKate on Nov 22, 2021 at 5:18 pm

Kate, this is not about Currie advancing his own personal interests…in fact it's the exact opposite. He's actually doing his job as Opposition Leader - he is holding this government to account - which IS the job of the Opposition, which may I also remind you is yours.

Like the YP or not, you yourself have commented on the record SEVERAL times that the YP government of the past was easier to work with then the current Liberals, and at least they answered questions…maybe those quotes need to be brought up?

Today, the comment from Ms. McLean accusing the opposition of lateral violence for me was the last straw. The lack of accountability, transparency and gaslighting…(yes gaslighting - look it up because this is all we have seen from our minority government so far) is undemocratic. If Jeanie, Tracy and Sandy can't handle being called out for their bad decisions, continual blaming of anyone but themselves for the current state the Yukon is in - then maybe it's time they step aside.

The YP of today is NOT the YP of six years ago - yes, more than enough time has passed that they can no longer blame the YP for any of their blunderings. While the YP may have lost some of their right wing base, it has been refreshing to see a party that is about representing the needs of ALL Yukoners, and adjusts based on what is needed in the Yukon at the current time - and not just what fits within one specific ideology.

Currie apologized for the mishandling of the Peel, and frankly he showed more humility and premier-like behaviour during the last election than either you Kate or Sandy. May you be reminded that the YP won the popular vote?


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Ride that fence, cowgirl! on Nov 22, 2021 at 5:18 pm

Kate gets to have her cake and eat it, too. Kate and Tracy love cake. So did Marie Antoinette.

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Glass houses? on Nov 22, 2021 at 5:08 pm

This guy can’t get enough of losing. It’s hilarious. Someone notify the local detachment of Currie’s Clickers!
Now that the RCMP timeline of the Hidden Valley School ‘scandal’ extends back to HIS YuKon Party government in 2015-16 he all of a sudden ‘can’t recall’ ANYTHING let alone it being swept under the carpet by officials.

Dixon, Kent, Cathers, Ischenko and Hassard were all part of that government and they want us to now believe they knew nothing when they had the power to stop this entire thing? No briefing notes? No intern comms in the DOE? I’d bet the ATIPP office will be getting real busy.

Ask anyone from a cop, to a street thug, to a lawyer, to a mob boss: You don’t comment on an active investigation as it skews the perception of the evidence. Wait for the conclusion and now I guess we will see how deep the YP were in on this.

Just like his last election: FAIL
Just like his non binding anti vax mandate petition: FAIL
Just like his call for resignations: FAIL
Just like his upcoming non binding confidence vote: FAIL

Now he wants Kate White to cross the floor in support. Was he paying attention when she bravely bared her soul in the Ledge the other day, right in the face of those two members who mocked her in the offensive, misogynist display of texts they inadvertently looped the Premier into?

My god man. It’s just embarrassing now. You stamped your feet to get back in the Ledge to do this? How about working for US not yourself.

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Bingo on Nov 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Ah Kate White high up in the sky now that she forced rent caps. What's interesting is that it outweighs the integral dysfunction of the Hidden Valley fiasco. That’s the NDP leader folks

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Roy on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:59 pm

What a transparent stunt from a child.
Currie knows there is ZERO chance White will flip - this is 100% purely for political points in the public eye.

And a lot of you are falling for the stunt - getting all excited too! Embarrassing.
And with the new further right wingnut party to split votes you'll see the exact same results in the next election - a Liberal minority and a tag team with the NDP for 5 more years.

Sorry that this reality is upsetting to you - but best you prep yourself now for the next decade of "disappointment".

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Mark currie on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:38 pm

Just like the federal liberals… it’s time for change

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Nathan Living on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:34 pm

Can someone please tell Currie that politics is not a high school class.
The Liberal Party will get through this challenge and we do not need an election.

Kate White is getting along with the Sandy Silver Liberal Party.
Let's move on Currie please.

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Exasperated on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:31 pm

Here we go again. Is Currie in a hurry?
First the character assassination of the Member Tracy McPhee.

It has come to light that the initial incident at Hidden Valley happened when the Yukon Party was in power .
Hidden Valley School situation may be one that lessons can be learned from. I truly hope that procedures will be improved so that this cannot happen again.
I am confident that no one individual will be singled out as responsible.

Unfortunately with out all the facts promised by the independent review, (that Currie himself suggested,), he has attempted to ruin the political career of an Honorable member.
When the report indicates that Tracy McPhee didn't do anything wrong will he be Honorable and apologize.

Next it was the apparently unnecessary Vaccine Mandate. He and his party submitted a bogus petition. Has he not noticed that we have a high vaccination rate in the Yukon? It seem the majority have already voted with their arms.
There was a poll that states most Canadians agree with the Mandate. I am glad that the Liberal government is taking the advice of our Chief Medical Officer. Sorry Currie but this is another issue that you are not able to read the room on.

Now he has no confidence because there is a shortage of trained teachers and health professionals. Does he not know that this is a situation right across the country?There is also a national housing crisis.

I have no confidence that Currie is capable of being a Premiere for all Yukoners. I can't trust his approach with the pandemic. I don't want a bully in charge. I have absolutely no confidence in Currie or his leadership skills.
His tactics smack of a sore loser. Currie is in a hurry and fast food is bad for my health.

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moe on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:30 pm

Nice to see that Curry is just as willing to implement NDP nonsense as the Liberals are. In his case, for power. In the case of the Liberals, to secure their pensions. Some Yukon Party. What a joke.

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Sharon on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:29 pm

Take the deal, Kate. Do it for Yukoners.

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Jim on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:26 pm

@BnR, how about a democratically elected minority government. That alone should make these arrogant fools a little more humble. They only won the most seats and not the most votes. They should be the ones trying to work with the other parties to represent the majority of Yukoners. Instead they stonewall everyone seeking answers and totally disregard the majority of votes in the house in regards to McPhee. So if there is any grandstanding, it would be Silver and his flunkies. Kate should also realize while feathering her legacy she will in the end be painted with the same brush as Silver and McPhee.

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Yukoner ‘71 on Nov 22, 2021 at 4:16 pm

I guess we’ll see if Kate White and the NDP have the integrity to make a stand here and end the DOEs and governments attempt to cover up and then minimize this disgraceful episode concerning what happened at Hidden Valley School. Whichever way the NDP goes on this will tell me if they’re on the side of justice or can just be bought off for the political crumbs thrown their way by Sandy Silver in exchange for looking the other way on this issue.
As Sandy Silver has said, he’s the Premier and he makes the decisions. He’s decided to condone the former Minister of Educations actions regarding Hidden Valley school by supporting her so he and his party can go down with her.
For the sake of this territory I hope the NDP does the right thing.

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Isolated on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:56 pm

Take the deal Kate.

An election may be exactly what the territory needs right now.

The current government has made no headway on any of the issues of concern indicated in this article and to borrow from Kate's response to the Premier's childish rebut of the petition tabled by the YP, this Territory is looking for leadership right now.

She says it herself that the liberals have not shown themselves to be strong leaders on hard decisions, so while there are only hard decisions being made maybe it would be an opportune time to ask the constituents who they deem to be a strong enough leader to impart the change they seek.

I do not view this move by the YP as being a political gambit, I would consider it the opposite actually. The opposition exists to hold our elected officials to account and they are doing just that by calling out the Premier on his latest behaviour ignoring the will of the legislature with regards to McPhee.

I would also venture to say that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Premier's digression from ethical and moral decision making as of late.

The YP is right on the mark with this motion.

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Parent on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:41 pm

It is not OK for Currie to grandstand on an issue - especially because his government had failed to address (Hidden Valley) when they allowed their department (prior to Liberals) to self manage the sexual abuse issues. To now grandstand on the back of our school/community pain to try to get political points is another Yukon Party low point.

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Ginger Johnson on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:21 pm

SO - "Rape the Peel" Dixon really was Darryl Pasloski's "Prince Harry".

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Don’t do it on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:11 pm

Let this government fail if you align with the NDP you are going to lose more of your base with the new wingnut party and the liberals will definitely win again next election.

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We desire a reckoning said the public will… on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:07 pm

And so they should… The Liberals, and then the Liberal-NDP coalition should not be in anywhere near public service let alone unsupervised in public more generally. They are the most destructive, and the most contemptuous bunch of politicos to have served in public office. There should be investigations and there should be trials for crimes against the public interest. There is a long list of subjects for public inquiry - Open it up and smoke those Liberals out of their NDP hidey-holes…

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TheHammer on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:01 pm

This is the wrong time locally, nationally, and internationally. News from the German capital Health Minister; 'This winter we vaccinate, we recover, or we are dead.' News from the Ukraine, Russian troop build up on the border. News from BC , a climate catastrophe. News from the Yukon, opposition stages a Christmas coup over an issue that is dead and buried.

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Never Voting Liberal Again on Nov 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm

We had a federal election and a municipal election, why not another. The Liberal party has divided Yukonners on multiple issues. This Liberal party has succeeded in making me never want to vote Liberal again in my lifetime. I've had to get a vaccine I don't want just to maintain an income and they have mishandled education through gross negligence and a lack of communication. Call the election now, I'll vote for ANY party other than the Liberals.

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Lost In the Yukon on Nov 22, 2021 at 2:55 pm

Dearest Kate … the only one who is putting their self-interest ahead of Yukoners is yourself. If you truly were putting Yukoners first then you would break this “agreement” with the leaderless and morally bankrupt liberal government.

You have misread what the people want … quite possibly deliberately because this is as close to power as you will ever come.

By deciding to put your own interest ahead of the publics (what percentage of the Yukon voters actually supported your agenda?) you have doomed your party to the wilderness.

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PJ's Ghost on Nov 22, 2021 at 2:52 pm

A political stunt. That's all it is, folks. And not a good one at that. The CASA cannot be switched to another party and Dixon knows that. It is locked in until it expires. So why did he do it? Publicity. He got his photo in the paper. He should apologize for putting himself first, for wasting the time of the Legislature and for intentionally confusing Yukoners.

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Please don't speak for me on Nov 22, 2021 at 1:39 pm

You're wrong, Kate White. I am not a Yukon Party member and I would LOVE to see these Liberals gone, gone, gone. They have shown absolutely no leadership anywhere! If an election is needed to oust them, then bring it on.

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BnR on Nov 22, 2021 at 1:35 pm

Planning to topple a democratically elected government?
Hmm, what’s that called?
Given all the challenges we’re facing these days, it would be refreshing if we saw ALL three of our territorial parties working together.
I guess Curries sees what’s going on in the US and is taking notes.

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Matthew on Nov 22, 2021 at 1:29 pm

He's not wrong, someone needs to go to jail for what happened. That's only the tip of the iceberg of what's wrong with this LIEberal government.

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