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Yukon throne speech says, again, what new gov’t plans to do – North

The Yukon government finally got down to business in the legislative assembly Thursday — by re-iterating most of its campaign pledges and platitudes.

It was the opening of the first spring sitting for Sandy Silver’s Liberals, six months after they decisively won a majority government, ousting the Yukon Party after 14 years. The sitting began with the government’s throne speech, read by Yukon Commissioner Doug Phillips.  

Premier Sandy Silver, backed by his Liberal caucus, speaks to reporters after Thursday’s throne speech. (Claudiane Samson/Radio-Canada)

“Yukoners want their governments to serve them. Your new government is working diligently every day to do just that,” Phillips began.

“[Yukoners] want an economy that respects the environment and the natural gifts of the land. Yukoners also want good government — government that’s approachable, transparent, and accountable.”

What followed was a list, long on promises and short on surprises or detail.

Among the promises:

  • Licensing the practice of midwifery by 2018 
  • Developing a new francophone school
  • Completing the Whistle Bend continuing care facility, “while exploring other options for our seniors to age in place.”
  • Amending the Human Rights Act and the Vital Statistics Act to better protect the rights of LGBT citizens.
  • Expanding e-health services
  • Ensuring carbon tax is “revenue neutral”, with money is redirected back to Yukoners​
  • Improving resource roads to placer operations in the Klondike

First bill will declare a holiday

​The speech also re-iterated the government’s intent to make National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday in Yukon. In fact, it will be the first piece of legislation tabled by the new government, Phillips read.

“On June 21, Yukoners will celebrate the historic and cultural roots of this territory. They will honour and recognize the many contributions First Nations and their citizens have made, and continue to make, to our unique…

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