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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:07 pm    Post subject: Yukon election called for Nov 7 Reply with quote

( there will be a general election in the Yukon on nov 7 , not that familiar with this area of the country but try and post some news about whats going on up there , be interesting to see how the new carbon tax goes over in that region )

Yukon election called for Nov. 7

Darrell Pasloski seeking fourth consecutive mandate for Yukon Party

CBC News Posted: Oct 07, 2016 8:48 AM CT| Last Updated: Oct 07, 2016 10:52 AM CT

Yukon Party leader Darrell Pasloski called the territorial election on Friday morning, at the Bigway Foods in Whitehorse.

The suspense was already long gone — Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski had no choice but to call the next territorial election this fall.

Pasloski has announced that Yukoners will go to the polls on Nov. 7. A Yukon Party news release says Pasloski spoke to Yukon's commissioner Friday morning, to officially dissolve the legislature, beginning the official campaign period.

■Who's running in the Yukon election this fall?
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The conservative-leaning Yukon Party is seeking a fourth consecutive term in office, and a second with Pasloski as leader. The party has been in power since 2002.

Yukon election 2016
Yukon Green Party leader Frank de Jong, NDP leader Liz Hanson, Yukon Party leader Darrell Pasloski, and Liberal leader Sandy Silver. (CBC)

Looking to dislodge the Yukon Party from the seat of power are Liz Hanson's opposition NDP, and Sandy Silver's Liberal Party.

Frank de Jong's Green Party is also a player, but with candidates in only five ridings the Greens have no hope of forming government.

'Let's just get this election over with'

The official election call may feel like little more than a formality to most Yukoners at this point. Candidates were door-knocking as early as this summer, while the three party leaders have gradually amplified their campaign-like rhetoric in recent weeks.

"Get on with it and let's just get this election over with," said Lisa Hutton when asked for her thoughts on Main Street Thursday.

Nomination meetings have already been held in most of the territory's 19 ridings, so the list of candidates is largely set.

The Yukon Party and Liberals have full slates of nominated candidates, while the NDP has yet to name a candidate in the Vuntut Gwitchin riding.

The nomination period officially closes on the tenth day of the election period.

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There are 19 seats to fill in the Yukon legislative assembly. Before the election call, there were 11 Yukon Party MLAs, 6 NDP members, one Liberal and one Independant. (CBC)


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Cabinet minister to chair Yukon Party election campaign

MLA Currie Dixon won't be running for re-election, but he will be running a campaign

CBC News Posted: Oct 06, 2016 7:00 AM CT| Last Updated: Oct 06, 2016 7:00 AM CT

'This election is an incredibly important one for Yukon families,' Dixon says.

MLA Currie Dixon won't be stepping away from Yukon territorial politics after all — at least, not yet.

The community services minister announced in June that he would not seek re-election this fall. But on Wednesday, the Yukon Party named him chair of the party's upcoming campaign.

The election is expected to be called anytime in the coming days.

"This election is an incredibly important one for Yukon families," Dixon says in a Yukon Party news release. He says his party will create jobs and fight against a carbon tax.

Dixon was named minister of the environment and minister of economic development in 2011, becoming the youngest cabinet minister in Yukon history at the age of 26. He took over the community services portfolio last year.


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Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski expected to call general election


by The Canadian Press
Posted Oct 7, 2016 7:08 am PDT
Last Updated Oct 7, 2016 at 8:00 am PDT

WHITEHORSE – Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski has called a news conference for this morning and it’s widely expected that he will call a general election.

Pasloski and his Yukon Party have 11 seats and have held a majority in the Yukon Legislative Assembly since 2002.

The New Democratic Party holds six seats and the Liberals have one.

This will be the 38th general election in Yukon and the second for Pasloski as premier.

He replaced former Yukon Party leader Dennis Fentie just months before the last election in 2011.

Issues during the upcoming campaign are expected to centre on First Nations relations, the economy and the battle over a carbon tax on greenhouse gas emissions. (CKRW)


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( sounds like they were arguing about a carbon tax up there even before trudeau made his announcement about imposing one on all provinces and territories , interesting the Yukon liberals claim to be against one ? )

Carbon tax first heated issue of Yukon election campaign

The writ hasn't dropped, but the horses have already left the barn

By Nancy Thomson, CBC News Posted: Sep 27, 2016 5:40 PM CT| Last Updated: Sep 27, 2016 5:43 PM CT

Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, centre, has warned that if elected, Liberal leader Sandy Silver and NDP leader Liz Hanson would impose a carbon tax on Yukoners.

CBC reporter Nancy Thomson is the former host of CBC Yukon's noon hour program. Nancy was raised in Ross River, Yukon. She is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program and has been with CBC Yukon for 23 years.

Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski has not yet called this fall's election — that's expected shortly after this week's royal visit — but the political parties are already in full campaign mode, waging a heated and bitter battle over a carbon tax.

The Liberals unveiled their carbon emissions strategy on Monday, prompted in large part by accusations aimed at their leader, Sandy Silver.

The governing Yukon Party has repeatedly warned that if elected, Silver will "force" a carbon tax on Yukoners — something the Yukon Party says it opposes.

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Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, on left, and N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod, right, at the table for the First Ministers' Meeting in Vancouver in March, where they signed onto the Vancouver Declaration. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

Silver has countered by pointing out that Pasloski, along with the other first ministers, adopted the "Vancouver Declaration" on clean growth and climate change, last March. He says that means the Yukon Party is being "disingenuous" when it tells voters it would not introduce a carbon tax.

The Vancouver Declaration states: "First Ministers commit to: transition to a low carbon economy by adopting a broad range of domestic measures, including carbon pricing mechanisms, adapted to each province's and territory's specific circumstances, in particular the realities of Canada's Indigenous peoples and Arctic and sub-Arctic regions."

"Behind the scenes, this government is working on it and has been for several months," Silver said.

"Mr Pasloski is relying on that old adage that if you say something enough times, that many people will believe it, despite all of the evidence to the contrary.

"He thinks Yukoners can be conned, and we believe that that is cynical politics."

'Carve out' to the North on carbon tax?

Pasloski denies that his government is currently working on how to implement a carbon tax. He said he's never supported such a tax, the Vancouver Declaration notwithstanding.

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The Yukon Party has repeatedly argued that Yukoners cannot afford a carbon tax. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

He also disagrees with Silver's assertions that a carbon tax is inevitable, regardless of who's elected.

"We're the only party that's going to stand up against one," Pasloski told CBC. "Let me be clear: we are opposed to a carbon tax in Yukon, and I've said it on many occasions."

Pasloski refutes that the Vancouver Declaration commits his government to adopting "carbon pricing mechanisms," as stated in the document.

He says government officials are working on climate change objectives, but would not say that carbon pricing is among them.

"In fact that Vancouver Declaration gives specific mention [of] a 'carve-out' to the North because of the unique challenges that we face. And the reality is that a carbon tax will make everything cost more money.

"The Liberals admitted that a carbon tax will make everything cost more money, including diapers."

About those diapers...

Talk of diapers has been going on for a while.

Yukon Party began referring to costly nappies in the spring sitting, whenever the cost of living came up for discussion, and when talk turned to carbon pricing.

The Liberals picked up the thread this week, with party candidate John Streicker admitting that, "yes, the cost of diapers will go up."

At least one Liberal candidate has acknowledged that the cost of diapers is likely to go up. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

Streiker's comment provoked an immediate reaction from the Yukon Party, which pounced on the statement as proof positive that a "Liberal carbon tax" would "negatively impact Yukon families."

The Liberals fired back, saying they could not impose a carbon tax on Yukon, because territorial law requires any new tax be agreed to by Yukoners in a referendum.

The Liberals say they would instead work with the federal government "to ensure all carbon revenue collected in the Yukon will be returned to Yukon and rebated to Yukoners."

The NDP, meanwhile, has not yet officially released its platform on carbon pricing, but leader Liz Hanson told CBC last week that she believes Pasloski could be "advocating for how we might more effectively use [a carbon tax]" so that Yukoners, especially those with low incomes, receive tax rebates.

Hanson said the Yukon government should also ensure that half of any carbon tax revenues go directly into renewable energy.

Next week, Community Services Minister Currie Dixon will attend a meeting of Canadian environment ministers in Montreal. Pasloski said Dixon will "very clearly" state his government's opposition to a carbon tax.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How to carbon-proof your wallet

Keith Halliday

by Keith Halliday

Friday September 30, 2016 »

It looks like a carbon tax will be one of the big issues in the upcoming territorial election. Last week Premier Pasloski said he would fight likely federal plans for a national carbon-pricing program that would include the Yukon. The other territorial premiers and Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan have also come out against the idea.

Meanwhile, Liberal leader Sandy Silver wants the Yukon to acquiesce to the national Liberal carbon-pricing scheme, and try to negotiate with Ottawa to make sure it is revenue neutral and that the money stays in the Yukon.

The NDP are also in favour of a carbon tax, and want to see it offset by a refundable tax credit for lower-income earners.

While the political drama unfolds on the public stage, you might be asking yourself how you too can contribute to fighting climate change. Or, in the back of your mind, you might be asking how you can protect your wallet from whatever scheme our leaders end up implementing.

Fortunately, the answer to both these questions is the same. If you can reduce your carbon emissions, you help the planet and save your wallet.

Most conversations about carbon taxes start with energy-efficient light bulbs and fuel-efficient cars. Those are important, and we’ll get to them in a minute, but let’s remember that your carbon footprint is driven by some much more fundamental decisions.

And keep in mind that a “revenue neutral” carbon tax is neutral on average. That is, if the Yukon government takes in a million bucks in carbon tax revenue, it will reduce other taxes by a million bucks. But it is very unlikely to be revenue neutral for you. You may win or you may lose, depending on how much fossil fuel you burn and what other taxes you pay.

The first thing to think about is your line of work. If you’re a placer miner and drive a Caterpillar D9R with an 889-litre diesel tank, you’re going to pay a lot more carbon tax than a web-page designer who bikes to work in Whitehorse. Ditto if you run a trucking or contracting business driving long distances to the communities compared to a delivery or landscaping service in the capital city.

I’m not saying that all placer miners should become web-page designers. Placer mining is way too much fun for that. But unless you can figure out how to pass on the extra carbon tax to your customers, your income is going to take a hit. When you make decisions about what kind of business you do, you should factor this in.

The next big strategic decision is your house. If you live in a big, rambling 1970s-era country-residential home that’s insulated like swiss cheese, you’re inevitably going to end up paying more than if you live in a modern downtown condo within walking distance of work. You’ve got more square feet, higher heating cost per square foot and commuting costs on top.

A quick look at just the commuting costs gives you an idea of the dollars involved in your housing decision. Assume your commute is 25 kilometres and you work five days a week, 50 weeks a year. Based on data from Statistics Canada and Natural Resources Canada, if you’re driving a 2016 Prius then you’ll burn 588 litres per year and pay $681 for your commute. A ten-year old Ford F-150 4X4, on the other hand, will burn 2075 litres and cost $2404 per year.

With a carbon tax at $30 per tonne or 6.7 cents per litre, which is the BC rate, the downtown-living condo dweller would pay $0 to walk to work. The Prius driver would pay $39 and the F-150 owner $138 per year.

If, as many economists expect, carbon taxes will need eventually to rise to the $100 per tonne level to really change people’s behaviour, you can basically triple the amounts above.

After you’ve chosen your line of work and where you live, then we get to lights, insulation and more tactical fixes to your carbon plan.

The Yukon has some great programs that you should think about taking advantage of. On lighting, the new LED lights have improved dramatically in the last few years. Putting one in your living room no longer gives you the impression you’re sitting in a Mars space station. They also use less than a quarter as much energy as the old incandescent bulbs. I talked to one downtown business who thought the initial costs of the bulbs had been paid off by lower power bills in less than two years.

Even better, if you go to inchargeyukon.ca you can find out how our two electrical companies will pay you $7 per package of bulbs. They also pay $10 for block heater timers. Unless you drive around a lot at 2am, you probably don’t need to pay to heat your engine block at midnight.

The Yukon Energy Solutions Centre has a wide range of programs that divert a small part of our transfer payment into your pocket if you buy energy-efficient appliances, water heaters or home insulation. They also subsidize home energy assessments. I got one done, and found that my home, built in 1952, had so many holes that they added up to a 1547 cm2 hole in the wall. That’s like leaving a medium-sized window open all winter.

And my house was rated “average” for the Yukon. Half of the people reading this column have even less well-insulated houses.

What I learned researching this column is a carbon tax gives me an incentive to use less fossil fuel. If I use one litre less, I save six cents (using BC’s tax rates). But, even more importantly, I save $1.15 on the fuel itself.

So no matter what happens in the election, you might as well start carbon-proofing your lifestyle now.

Keith Halliday is a Yukon economist and author of the MacBride Museum’s Aurore of the Yukon series of historical children’s adventure novels. He won last year’s Ma Murray award for best columnist.


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Yukon government insists territory can still win exemption from carbon pricing

by Maura Forrest Monday October 3, 2016 »

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Community Services Minister Currie Dixon insists the Yukon could still be exempted from a federal carbon price, but the federal government has not said that the territory will get an exemption.


The Yukon government insists the hammer hasn’t dropped on a carbon price for the North, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement on Monday that all Canadian jurisdictions will have a carbon price of at least $10 per tonne by 2018, rising to $50 per tonne in 2022.

Community Services Minister Currie Dixon was meeting in Montreal with provincial and territorial environment ministers and with federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna as Trudeau made the announcement in the House of Commons on Monday morning.

“Nobody saw it coming,” he said. “It was a total surprise to all the provinces and territories.”

But Dixon said there’s still a chance the Yukon could be exempted from a carbon tax. The purpose of the Montreal meeting was to work out a recommendation on carbon pricing for the next first ministers’ meeting, which will likely be held in December.

Dixon said he and the other territorial representatives got the provincial ministers to agree to language that recognizes “the unique circumstances of the North.”

That part of the recommendation reads “while carbon pricing can be an effective tool for reducing emissions, unique territorial circumstances … mean that a range of different policy options for reducing emissions must be available for the territories.”

Dixon insists that language, which McKenna agreed to, is tantamount to a request for an exemption.

“I’m interpreting it that there will be a different range of policy options for the territories, rather than a carbon price,” he said.

The News asked the federal government whether a full exemption is possible for the Yukon. In response, a spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change Canada said only that “First ministers committed to consider the specific circumstances of the North. We are working with the territorial governments to address these important issues.”

But the uncertainty allows the Yukon Party to continue to claim that it’s the only party willing to “stand up for Yukoners” against a carbon tax, as Dixon put it on Tuesday. He wouldn’t say whether the Yukon could actually fight the federal government if it decides not to grant an exemption.

“We see the North as being different and we think that the federal government acknowledges that as well,” he said.

Still, Trudeau’s announcement on Monday clearly included the North.

“Provinces and territories will have a choice in how they implement this pricing,” he said. “They can put a direct price on carbon pollution or they can adopt a cap-and-trade system.”

He said the carbon price will be revenue-neutral, with the money collected staying in each jurisdiction. Ottawa will implement a price in any jurisdiction that does not have one of its own by 2018.

Trudeau said the carbon price “will assist Canada in achieving its goals for greenhouse-gas emission reductions.”

In Paris last December, Canada committed to cutting emissions by at least 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, a target set by the former Harper government.

The territory’s opposition leaders were all but saying “I told you so” after the announcement on Monday morning. Both NDP Leader Liz Hanson and Liberal Leader Sandy Silver have been insisting that the federal government will impose a carbon price across the country.

“Our premier was at a meeting where this was signalled in the spring, so it should not be a surprise,” Hanson said, referring to the Vancouver Declaration on climate change signed by all Canadian premiers in March.

“It’s time for the Yukon Party to reconsider its ideological stance on this and to try to be using this as an opportunity.”

She said the NDP would like to see half the revenue from a carbon price used to create a new refundable tax credit, so that low- and middle-income families would receive more on average than they pay in carbon tax.

She said the other half should be used to fund renewable energy projects, with additional support from the federal government.

Hanson wouldn’t say whether the NDP would consider implementing a carbon price that is higher than the minimum announced by Trudeau.

“It sounds to me like he’s chosen a base that makes it relatively easy for everyone to buy in,” she said. “Whether or not Yukon needs to do more than that, I think that’s up to a) the analysis and b) the conversation with Yukon citizens.”

For his part, Silver was adamant that the Yukon Liberals would not impose a carbon tax of their own if elected.

“This is not our tax,” he said. “We’re not implementing a carbon tax, nor would we.”

A Liberal government would wait for Ottawa to impose the price in 2018 and would not increase the tax above the federal minimum, he said.

He said he would make sure that the money collected “goes directly into Yukoners’ pockets,” but wouldn’t say exactly what form that refund would take.

Liberal candidate John Streicker said his party would take other steps to cut emissions in the territory, including retrofitting buildings to make them more energy-efficient and developing local agriculture.

“One of the best ways to (reduce emissions from transportation) is to develop a local economy which isn’t so dependent on bringing goods and services in,” he said.

Interim Green Party Leader Frank de Jong said he would set Yukon’s carbon tax at $30 per tonne in 2017, and would increase it by $10 a year up to $100 per tonne. He said it would be made revenue-neutral through income tax cuts or monthly direct deposits to all Yukoners.

However, any Yukon government that wants to implement its own carbon tax will first have to contend with the Taxpayer Protection Act, which dictates that any new tax must be put to a referendum.

That legislation was passed by the Yukon Party under John Ostashek, premier from 1992 to 1996.

But Hanson suggested it may not be reasonable to allow a former government to tie the hands of all future legislators with that kind of requirement.

“They passed it with the view that they could bind all governments from raising taxes in the future,” she said. “I think that 22 years later, is it time for a conversation? I don’t know.”

Contact Maura Forrest at maura.forrest@yukon-news.com


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Golden parachute: MLAs now qualify for extra severance pay

by Maura Forrest Friday September 23, 2016 »

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First-term Yukon MLAs who are not re-elected can expect a healthy bump in their severance pay.

Last Friday, the severance pay most Yukon MLAs will receive if they’re not re-elected abruptly doubled.

All first-term MLAs are now entitled to $37,895 in severance, up from $18,947. Cabinet ministers are eligible for $58,300, up from $29,150. The premier is entitled to $67,045, up from $33,523.

The hike is the result of a clause in Yukon’s Legislative Assembly Act, which states that MLAs who’ve served five years or fewer are entitled to 25 per cent of their annual earnings in severance. Those who’ve served between five and eight years are entitled to 50 per cent. After eight years, they receive a full year’s worth of income when they leave the house.

Yukon’s last election was held on Oct. 11, 2011. When Premier Darrell Pasloski chose not to drop the writ last Friday, he ensured that the next election will not take place until after Oct. 11, 2016. That means all first-term MLAs will have served just over five years by the time voters go to the polls, and their severance pay will be double what it would have been had the election been held even a few days earlier.

All MLAs receive severance pay, regardless of their reasons for leaving the legislative assembly. That includes Community Services Minister Currie Dixon, who is not running for re-election. It also includes Independent MLA David Laxton, who left the Yukon Party over an allegation of sexual harassment in May and who has not decided whether to run again.

MLAs cannot opt out of receiving severance, said Helen Fitzsimmons, a director with the legislative assembly office. She said the money is meant “to compensate for the time it’s going to take (them) to find another job.”

“It’s hard for them to find a job, especially in a small town,” she added.

Deputy premier Elaine Taylor, deputy Speaker Darius Elias and Justice Minister Brad Cathers are the only MLAs who were elected both in 2006 and 2011. They will receive a full year’s earnings if they aren’t re-elected.

This severance formula was set out in 2007, after a review of MLA pay. Fitzsimmons said MLAs used to receive 25 per cent of annual income as severance, regardless of their number of years in office.

But Liberal Leader Sandy Silver said he would change the legislation again if the Liberals form the next government. His own severance has increased to $46,640 from $23,320.

“It’s just short of a loophole, really, to have such a drastic increase after five years,” he said. He suggested a new formula that would see severance increase by some smaller percentage for each year of service.

In fact, several other jurisdictions have that kind of system, including Nunavut, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.

Ontario has a formula similar to the Yukon’s. But Alberta actually abolished severance to MLAs in 2012, though it simultaneously increased their income.

Fitzsimmons said Yukon’s MLAs are among the lowest-paid in the country, with a basic salary of $75,790. Only P.E.I.’s representatives make less, according to an April, 2016 survey by the Alberta legislative assembly. At the other end of the spectrum, Alberta’s make $127,296.

But Jordan Bateman, with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said a formula like the Yukon’s is “pretty ripe for abuse,” especially when the government has “unfettered control” over when to call an election.

“Why would anyone ever call an election before five years?” he said.

Yukon’s mandates were extended to a maximum of five years in 2002. The 2011 election was held five years and one day after the 2006 election, meaning any first-term MLAs who were not re-elected in 2011 also received double the severance they would have the day before.

In response to questions from the News about the timing of this election, the premier’s office provided a brief response: “Severance was not taken into account in election planning.”

Allan Tupper, head of the University of British Columbia’s political science department, said the income of elected officials is increasingly controversial, particularly because politicians make the laws that govern their own salaries.

“People say ‘I don’t determine my terms and conditions of employment … but here it’s unilaterally developed.’”

But he said there is no perfect model for doling out severance, and every system is prone to certain “aberrations.”

And he believes it’s fair for politicians to receive severance, as they often leave other careers to serve the public.

“In one sense, it’s rooted in respect for people who do public work,” he said. “I think politicians and public officials generally should be well-paid.”

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Does the Yukon really need a government like this? I ask you!

I hope everyone remembers this when the 'equalization' comes up.

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Does the Yukon really need a government like this? I ask you!

I hope everyone remembers this when the 'equalization' comes up.

I don't know , think the Yukon government by Ontario standards in terms of size and such looks more like a district or county council .

I only found the election interesting as its the first significant electoral test for the nationwide carbon tax , first chance actual voters have to pass judgment on it , if the Yukon liberals win the election even when faced with such a negative issue and voters concerned about the cost of living . it be bad news for federal conservatives trying to make an issue out of this , meaning if they don't care or mind the carbon tax up there where it is going to hurt the most , it be less likely other places be concerned

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Yukon premier calls election, saying he'll fight carbon tax 'tooth and nail'

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Published Friday, October 7, 2016 10:26AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, October 7, 2016 5:48PM EDT

WHITEHORSE -- Voters in Yukon will go to the polls on Nov. 7 after a 31-day campaign that is expected to focus on First Nations relations, the economy and a controversial carbon tax on greenhouse gas emissions.

Premier Darrell Pasloski called the election Friday following weeks of unofficial campaigning by all parties in the legislature.

Pasloski made the announcement at a grocery store in Whitehorse, saying he will create jobs and "stand up for our true north."

"I promise to put your families' interests and concerns first, at all times, and I promise to fight the carbon tax tooth and nail," he said.

Pasloski is against the federal government's intention to address climate change by imposing a national carbon tax, saying the North should be exempt because it already has a higher cost of living than the rest of the country.

Next month's election will be the second for Pasloski as premier and leader of the Yukon Party, which held 11 of 19 seats in the legislature at dissolution.

The Opposition New Democratic Party had six seats under leader Liz Hanson while the Liberals led by Sandy Silver had one seat. There was also one Independent.

Hanson rallied her candidates on the city's waterfront and said the Yukon Party has shut out residents.

The election will be a chance for change, she added.

"It's time for a government that understands that Yukon is at a watershed moment, a turning point where we together embrace a vision of a new Yukon," Hanson said.

Silver stood in front of all 19 party candidates, stressing the need to mend relationships with all levels of government.

"The Yukon has gone through a very stressful period of partisanship, of governments and citizens and conflict, of people no longer talking to each other. It's time to put all of that behind us to start pulling together again," he said.


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( the Yukon liberal party has taken the predictable route of using trudeau's "change " slogan and wants carbon tax money from the Yukon to come back to the Yukon ? ok but then why take the money from people if your just going to give it back ? this tax is getting confusing )

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AT CENTRE STAGE – Liberal Leader Sandy Silver (gesturing) looks at several of the party’s candidates this morning during his response to today’s announcement that Yukoners will choose a new government on Nov. 7.

‘We are the change Yukon needs’

Yukon Liberal Leader Sandy Silver says his party is ready to get to work

By Stephanie Waddell on October 7, 2016

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Yukon Liberal Leader Sandy Silver says his party is ready to get to work diversifying the economy, building better relationships with other governments and balancing economic and environmental interests.

“We are ready to hit the ground running the day after the election,” Silver told reporters and party supporters who gathered this morning at the Liberal headquarters for the Nov. 7 election, at the Yukon Centre Mall.

Inside the headquarters, signs for each candidate were stacked and lined up against the walls, ready to make their way to the campaign trail.

Silver – and Liberal candidates who stood behind him – was responding to the territorial election call issued this morning.

As the candidates streamed into the press conference, cheers and applause erupted among supporters. Silver paused to get a picture of the other candidates running under the Liberal banner before he headed for the podium.

“This team will engage openly and honestly with all Yukoners. It’s a strong, strong group of people,” said the Klondike MLA, citing the extensive experience of the Liberal team.

The lineup includes those who have worked in management, operated businesses, have an understanding of social issues, and more.

The Liberal party plans to run a campaign that’s positive, inclusive and responsive to Yukoners.

A territorial Liberal government would make positive changes for the territory, including restoring the relationship the territory has with other governments.

“It’s time to honour the treaties,” he said.

He stressed the need for the Yukon government, First Nations, businesses, non-governmental organizations and others to work together to improve the territory.

“We need to grow the economy,” he said, as he stressed the need for both environmental stewardship and good jobs in the territory.

Throughout his comments this morning, he was clear he believes the interests of the environment and the economy can be balanced.

The Liberals will reveal more details of their platform in the coming weeks. Silver is promising a plan that would diversify the economy and keep Yukon dollars in the territory.

“We don’t want to put all our eggs in one basket,” he later noted on diversifying the economy.

In the lead-up to the election call, the Liberals have already revealed some pieces of their platform. Those include plans to eliminate the small business corporate tax and bring the general corporate tax down to 12 per cent from the current 15 per cent. The party argues that would help businesses grow and lead to new jobs.

It also outlined plans for a federal carbon tax, noting a Liberal government would push for any money collected through the tax to make its way back into Yukoners’ pockets.

While the Yukon Party has pledged to fight any sort of federal carbon tax, the Liberals argue the territory has little influence over whether a federal tax is instituted.

There is, however, room for discussion on how the tax will work, and it is there that the Liberals will pursue seeing the funds returned to Yukoners, Silver stated in announcing the plans.

The former school teacher argued this morning the approach the Yukon Party is taking to fight with Ottawa is “antiquated,” and a move the government has taken on other matters with other governments.

The territory, he said, needs to have a plan in place to deal with issues and work with other governments on matters.

The Liberals, he said, are embracing a new, inclusive approach.

“No party has a monopoly on good ideas,” he said.

He later added it’s time to put behind the conflicts and start pulling together again for a territory where everyone can meet their potential.

“We are the change Yukon needs,” Silver said.


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5 things to watch during the Yukon election campaign

Carbon tax, economy, First Nations relations, health care, resource development

By Nancy Thomson, CBC News Posted: Oct 12, 2016 12:39 PM CT| Last Updated: Oct 12, 2016 1:18 PM CT

CBC reporter Nancy Thomson is the former host of CBC Yukon's noon hour program. Nancy was raised in Ross River, Yukon. She is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program and has been with CBC Yukon for 23 years.

It's week one of the 2016 Yukon territorial election campaign, and the parties are already rolling out elements of their platforms.
■Find all our Yukon Votes 2016 coverage

That will continue, and Yukoners can expect the rhetoric to fly fast and thick.

Here's a look at some key issues likely to dominate the campaign leading up to voting day, Nov. 7.

Carbon tax

The hot air around a possible carbon tax this election could be enough to heat several large public buildings.

Although it's not a new issue (the Northern premiers made their concerns well known earlier this year, and that displeasure manifested again during the premiers meetings in August), recent developments have catapulted it onto centre stage.

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Yukon Party leader Darrell Pasloski announced the election call last week in a Whitehorse grocery store. He said a carbon tax would raise the cost of living for Yukoners. (Dave Croft/CBC)

The federal government's announcement this month that all jurisdictions will have a carbon tax by 2018 is a red flag for the Yukon Party, which has seized on the issue to attack the Liberals and the NDP. The spectre of a new tax has been raised to instill alarm in voters' minds and the Yukon Party will use it as a wedge issue, in particular against the Liberals, whom it accuses of rolling over to the dictates of Ottawa.

The federal government has already said it will "work with territories to address ... specific challenges" associated with carbon pricing — and federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna reaffirmed that provinces and territories will use the revenues "as they see fit."

But it may be difficult for voters to pare down to reality with the rhetoric flying. The irony is that whoever forms government will need to work with Ottawa on carbon pricing, in order to make sure Yukon gets the best deal possible.


As always, jobs and the economy will constitute the bread-and-butter of the campaign.

Focusing on the financials is a slippery slope for the reigning Yukon Party though; the Conference Board of Canada says Yukon's economy is the worst in the country right now, with further drops in the gross domestic product (GDP) forecast over the next two years.

Yukon premier downplays gloomy economic forecast

Yukon employment statistics reflect an equally grim picture: the August figures put Yukon at 7.8 per cent unemployment, higher than the national average of 7.0 per cent.

The territory has a real paucity of private sector jobs, with but one operating mine (Capstone's Minto mine) still in production.

That leaves government capital spending as the main economic driver — never a healthy situation — and one that opposition parties say is exacerbated by outsourcing the big government government projects (the new F.H. Collins school, the hospital expansion, Whistle Bend extended care facility) to non-Yukon companies.

Premier Darrell Pasloski has said "this election isn't about the past five years, this election is about the next five years."

That may be the safest line to take when the rearview mirror reveals an unflattering economic picture.

First Nations relations

This is without a doubt a major sore point for the Yukon Party — and it's a wound that both the Liberals and NDP hope to turn to their advantage.

Court cases between the Yukon government and First Nations have contributed to a pronounced antipathy towards the Yukon Party.

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Three Yukon First Nations filed suit in Yukon Supreme Court last October against the federal government over amendments to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA). (Nancy Thomson/CBC)

Federal legislation, such as Bill S-6 (which amended the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act, or YESAA) prompted a lawsuit from three Yukon First Nations, after a prolonged and bitter fight.

Premier Darrell Pasloski enthusiastically supported the bill before last fall's federal election, then abruptly changed his tune when the Trudeau Liberals were elected, saying it was federal legislation, and tried to wash his hands of any Yukon involvement.

But both former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt have said, on the record, that Pasloski specifically pushed for the four amendments to YESAA that First Nations rejected.

Then there's Pasloski's dog whistle: "democratically elected governments will make decisions on public lands," a line he used in reference to both Bill S-6 and the Peel Watershed land use plan (which the Supreme Court of Canada will hear in March).

That whistle clearly telegraphs the Yukon Party's ideology when it comes to self government agreements. And while it's aimed at the Yukon Party base, First Nations also got the message, loud and clear.

Winning this demographic will be an uphill battle for Pasloski and the Yukon Party.

Health care, mental health, extended care

Yukon's aging demographic means that health services for seniors and the availability of extended care are hot topics for anyone who's elderly, is approaching their retirement years, or has a parent or relative who may need care.

The lack of extended care beds is at near-crisis level: the Yukon Hospital Corporation acknowledged that many of its hospital beds are occupied by people who should be living in a long-term care facility.

The corporation rushed ten extra beds at the Thomson Centre into service to help offset the immediate need, and points to the Whistle Bend extended care facility as the long-term solution (expected to open in 2018).

New long term care beds ease Whitehorse hospital crowding

Yukon government presents design for Whistle bend continuing care facility

What started as a 300-bed facility met stiff resistance, so now the Yukon Party calls it a "150 bed" facility, ignoring the fact that its design actually calls for a second phase of 150 beds.

Some Yukon seniors have balked at the thought of moving to an enormous facility, in particular elders in the rural communities.

"When we were kids they took us away" to residential school, said one Kaska woman in her 60s. "Are they going to take us away again when we're old?"

Meanwhile, there's a chronic lack of "on-the-ground" mental health services. The Yukon government finally released a mental health strategy last spring, but it did little more than offload the delivery of services to First Nations and NGOs: there was no provision, for example, for extra mental health nurses or community workers.

Expect the party platforms to focus heavily on mental health delivery and also bear in mind that solid advances in this area won't come cheaply. Mental health specialists are costly — but the alternative costs much in human misery.

Resource development and fracking

​There's no getting around the fact that what little private sector Yukon has is heavily resource dependant. And that's a problem when commodity prices are in the toilet. The Yukon's economy contracts and government becomes the only game in town.

The Yukon Party makes no bones about the significance of mining, and its support for the industry. The Liberals also support the resource industry, including the development of conventional oil and gas deposits.

Yukon to spend $150K to study Liard Basin potential

Yukon government says yes to fracking in Liard Basin

The NDP stop short of endorsing any oil and gas development, saying alternative energy should be pursued instead.

Gas wells like this one dot the landscape of northeastern B.C. (CBC)

And that brings us to fracking. Yukoners will hear much about fracking during the next four weeks, and it's likely the issue will almost always be raised by the NDP.

The NDP will use it as their "wedge issue" against the Liberals, and will continue to accuse Liberal leader Sandy Silver of supporting a moratorium on fracking.

Silver has said unequivocally that "there will be no fracking under a Liberal government." But nevertheless we can expect the NDP to be unrelenting in their focus on fracking during the campaign.

The real elephant in the resource room is, of course, government court battles with First Nations, which (rightly) scares the bejeebers out of mining investors.

Consider that the traditional territory of the Ross River Dena Council has been under a staking moratorium for the last several years with no clear end in sight.

That Kaska territory holds some of the richest mineral deposits in the Yukon.

That's just one example of the cost of battling First Nations over resource development. And that gets us back to those other key issues — the economy, and First Nations.


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Liberals promise to improve government procurement

by Maura Forrest Friday October 14, 2016 »

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Yukon Liberal candidate for Porter Creek South Ranj Pillai speaks at a press conference on Tuesday.

The Yukon Liberals are promising to improve procurement practices if elected, to make it easier for Yukon companies to compete for government contracts.

The party is promising to tender construction projects that have to take place during the summer season no later than March of each year.

It also says it will implement the recent recommendations made by a procurement advisory panel by 2018.

Those recommendations include making bid requirements simpler, and improving communication from the government and training of government staff.

“We are all better off when a Yukon company wins a contract,” said Porter Creek South candidate Ranj Pillai on Tuesday. “The money stays here and circulates here.”

A number of the Liberals’ other commitments are somewhat vague. The party is promising to “ensure all tender submissions demonstrate measurable Yukon benefits as part of the evaluation process” and to ensure local contractors “have a level playing field.”

But the Liberals are also planning to double the exemption thresholds under the agreement on internal trade to $100,000 for goods, $250,000 for services and $500,000 for construction.

“Procurement under those thresholds should be through competitive bidding only for Yukon businesses,” Pillai said.

He also said locally manufactured products will be given preference for government procurement.

The Liberals also want to put in place a five-year capital plan “that will create certainty and inform the local business community.”

On Tuesday, Pillai criticized the Yukon government for awarding “more than $250 million in government contracts” to outside companies in recent years.

“When the largest projects underway are being headed by outside companies, you are not building local capacity or long-term economic sustainability,” he said.

Chief among those projects are the $150-million Whistle Bend continuing care facility, the $72-million Whitehorse hospital expansion and the $51-million F.H. Collins Secondary School.

But the Yukon government has argued that many of its contracts do go to local businesses. It claims that 75 per cent of services and construction contracts, by number and value, have gone to Yukon companies for the five years ending in 2014-15, the last year for which data are available.

It also says that between 2010-11 and 2014-15, 14 of 15 major capital projects were awarded to local contractors, with the exception of the F.H. Collins school.

But Pillai said those figures don’t represent what local contractors are experiencing.

“I think the Yukon Party can package the data in whatever way they want,” he said. “The Yukon people are saying there’s big problems.”

Lynn Hutton, president of the Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce, said the Liberal announcement shows the party is listening.

“I’m glad it’s a subject,” she said. “Let’s focus more on what we can control — local procurement — rather than fighting a federal-level (carbon) tax.”

The Yukon Party has also pledged to improve procurement in the Yukon. In August, the government announced it would approve a fall capital budget or a multi-year capital plan by the fall of 2017, to ensure tenders are issued ahead of the summer construction season.

It also plans to reduce barriers for local contractors, review the bid challenge process and improve training of government staff.


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More resources for RCMP, community programs: Yukon Party

by Pierre Chauvin Wednesday October 12, 2016 »

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The Yukon Party says it will deal with the territory’s rash of property crimes and fight drug trafficking with more resources for police and community programs.

Much of Friday’s announcement, such as promising to continue funding Crime Stoppers and the Kwanlin Dun safety liaison officer program, and building a new RCMP detachment in Faro, consisted of measures the Yukon Party government has already initiated.

The promises are aimed at addressing concerns heard from citizens on the campaign trail, Riverdale South candidate Danny Macdonald told the News Tuesday.

“We are looking at ways with stakeholders and RCMP to improve community safety for Yukon families,” he said.

But the Yukon Party also says it will provide the RCMP with more money to increase neighbourhood patrols. Exactly how much money would depend on what the RCMP requests, Macdonald said.

“This government has always met the requirements the RCMP (put forward) and we will continue to do that.”

The Yukon Party also says it will work with the RCMP to restore the auxiliary constable program to full strength.

In February the RCMP decided to scale down its auxiliary constable program across Canada, citing concerns for constable safety.

Auxiliary constables are unarmed, trained civilians who assist the RCMP. In Yukon, that meant more personnel working on check stops looking for impaired drivers. Since February, that type of support isn’t possible anymore.

“We have an isolated (RCMP) M division, with limited resources,” Macdonald said. “They can’t be calling in other resources (on) short notice.”

The scale-down means more regular officers working on check stops when they could be assigned to other duties, he said.

The Yukon Party also said it would look at replacing RCMP detachments throughout the territory, including the Faro one.

The new Faro RCMP detachment was first announced in March 2014, when the government earmarked $3.6 million for construction.

In January the government cancelled the tender after bids came in too high. No timeline or budget were released by the Yukon Party for the detachment replacements, only a promise Faro’s would be replaced “immediately.”

The Yukon Party also said it would continue with two other initiatives announced during the last legislative session.

During the 2016 budget address, the Yukon government announced the revival of the Crime Stoppers program, with a $21,000 grant for startup costs.

Crime Stoppers programs can’t accept government funds for cash rewards, but there are other costs like marketing, which includes placing ads to promote the Crime Stoppers phone line and website, said Mike Pemberton, one of the volunteers working to bring back the program.

The community has been asking for Crime Stoppers to be brought back, Macdonald said.

“Crime Stoppers have proven successful in other jurisdictions,” he said. “The RCMP identified it as a very effective tool in reducing property crime and criminal behaviour.”

In May, the government announced $1.4 million for Kwanlin Dun’s community safety liaison officer program, part of a bigger plan to make the McIntyre neighbourhood safer for residents.

Macdonald insisted there are more justice announcements to come when asked about the party’s plan to deal with the root causes of crime.


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Yukon Party stands firm against carbon tax, though others disagree

Darrell Pasloski says he doesn't need studies to tell him the carbon tax is bad for Yukon

By Dave Croft, CBC News Posted: Oct 17, 2016 6:42 PM CT| Last Updated: Oct 18, 2016 1:13 PM CT

Yukon Party leader Darrell Pasloski says it's common sense to assume the carbon tax will have an overall negative impact on the territory.

Yukon Party leader Darrell Pasloski says he doesn't need a study to tell him the carbon tax is bad for Yukoners.

Carbon tax first heated issue of Yukon election campaign

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"Every time there's a new cost in the system, ultimately it's the end user or the consumer who's going to pay more," Pasloski said on Monday.

"The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has just recently came out saying at $50 a tonne, that the average Canadian household is going to pay almost $2,600 extra dollars in taxes."

Pasloski promised another $33 million for energy retrofits to government buildings on Monday, if his party is re-elected. Last week, he pledged $47 million for similar upgrades to 20 schools in the territory.

Altogether that will reduce the Yukon government's greenhouse gas emissions by 15 per cent, Pasloski said.

"Yukoners are looking for leadership — a party that's going to stand up and say that we can do our part and reduce our emissions, and not swallow a new tax," he said.

But Whitehorse engineer Forest Pearson disputes that. He's known for building super energy-efficient homes, and wrote on his blog earlier this month that the Yukon Party has it all wrong.

Forest Pearson
Forest Pearson says that contrary to the Yukon Party's stance, the carbon tax can be good for the territory. (CBC)

"The carbon tax will have almost no measurable impact on the price of goods (and zero impact of the cost of services) because the amount of fuel used to transport goods to the Yukon is very, very small, relative to the value of the goods," Pearson wrote.

2 cents per litre of gas

Pearson says people will see the difference at the gas pump, and on heating fuel, "but it is not much of a difference."

He says the $10 per tonne tax will translate to about two cents per litre of gas.

He also argues that a national carbon tax is an advantage for Yukon, as the territory has a highly educated workforce employed mainly in sectors that produce relatively little carbon.

Still, Pasloski said families who cannot afford extra expenses will be hit hard.

"Our plan will put money into the economy, by creating new jobs as opposed to sucking huge amounts of money out of taxpayers pockets, money they don't have to pay their bills or buy food or to buy hockey equipment for their kids," he said.

But Pasloski has not considered using carbon tax revenue to lower taxes for low income families, or other uses.


An earlier version of this story said that Darrell Pasloski based his stance against a carbon tax on common sense rather than analysis. In fact, he did not say that.

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