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Yukon NDP Leader Kate White

Yukon NDP convention tackled crucial issues

The Yukon NDP’s annual convention brought together more than 200 people Saturday to set a path for the year ahead.

By Whitehorse Star on September 21, 2020

The Yukon NDP’s annual convention brought together more than 200 people Saturday to set a path for the year ahead.

The highlight of the digital convention was a question-and-answer session with territorial leader Kate White and federal leader Jagmeet Singh.

Yukoners expressed their growing concern on key policy issues facing the territory and frustration with the political status quo, the Yukon NDP said in a statement today.

Topics included affordable housing, climate change, the opioid crisis and the impacts of COVID-19 on the local tourism sector, among others.

“We know issues like climate change and a lack of housing are national crises in Canada,” Singh said.

“But both are particularly serious in the Yukon, where temperatures are warming at a much faster rate and where too many people are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

“The NDP wants to invest in solutions like renewable energy and affordable housing, and you can see the drive Yukoners have to realize those solutions.”

“We’re fighting a battle on multiple fronts in the Yukon,” added White.

“COVID continues to pose a health risk and is undermining our tourism sector. At the same time, we are seeing unprecedented fatalities as a result of the opioid crisis.

“We’re working to get the Liberal government to make meaningful progress, but it’s clear we need a leadership change to truly address these problems.”

The digital nature of the convention enabled far more rural Yukoners to participate, a trend the Yukon NDP hopes to foster at future events.

Yukon NDP volunteers were also available to help anyone new to the technology or who needed technical assistance.

“Wonderful to see so many people connecting with Kate and Jagmeet,” said Justin Lemphers, the Yukon candidate in the October 2019 federal election.

“Hearing our leaders speak to election readiness is reassuring. Listening to Yukon people of diverse backgrounds and experiences who want to get involved is inspiring.”

Comments (8)

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Martin on Sep 23, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Back when it meant something, the NDP used to fight for us workers; now they cater to the "elite that will save the forests". Sad! I hope the Unions and workers remember.

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yukon56 on Sep 23, 2020 at 4:58 pm

Nice to see Kate enjoying her Gvmt pay check adding nothing. Go back to cooking.

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Ginger Johnson on Sep 23, 2020 at 10:25 am

Wilf Carter on Sep 21, 2020 at 5:58 pm

Bozo comment by the Wilfaroo - he needs hire someone to do some actual
historical research before his next post.

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Gordon of Riverdale on Sep 23, 2020 at 10:22 am

The Yukon NDP needs to go away.

If not they'll split the moderate vote and we'll get stuck with "Rape the Peel" Dixon as our next Premier.
(assuming he can even win his own riding)

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JC on Sep 22, 2020 at 8:38 pm

Wilf, don't expect the greenies to answer that question. Simply because they don't have any. But, I'm sure they hope their conspiracy theories come true.

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Wilf Carter on Sep 22, 2020 at 7:12 am

NDP have no sense of direction coming out of their convention.

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Wilf Carter on Sep 21, 2020 at 5:58 pm

Explain what and how climate change is effecting the Yukon, because nothing has changed very much in the last 100 years.

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Dave on Sep 21, 2020 at 4:35 pm

Biggest crucial issue discussed at the NDP convention; Why does the NDP still exist?

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