Electoral Process

Voting is the cornerstone of democracy.  Improving the Yukon electoral process so that the voices of people are heard and respected through their votes is important. 

A Yukon Liberal government will:

  • legislate fixed election dates, and
  • strike a non-partisan Commission on Electoral Reform to consult Yukoners on possible options for territorial electoral reform.

Yukon Legislative Assembly

The Legislature must be a place of respect, accountability, inclusiveness and transparency in order to ensure government works for the people of Yukon.

A Yukon Liberal government will:

  • require all Yukon Government entities to appear before the Legislature at least once per year;
  • create a publically disclosed Lobbyist Registry;
  • legislate fixed calendar dates for legislative sittings, and
  • establish a formalized process for legislative returns.

Life-Long Learning

Lifelong learning is essential to our economy, our society, and our future; everyone is a stakeholder. The pillar of institutional learning is more than creating a university as a legacy project; it is a continual level of support of all areas: adult basic education; skills training; post-secondary education; literacy; on-the-job training; professional development and employment supports.

A Yukon Liberal Government will:

  • work with Yukon College and the private and public sectors to identify employment and service gaps and create training opportunities for interested Yukoners to train, upgrade, retrain, or expand existing skillsets - especially in Yukon communities;
  • partner with NGOs, the private sector and First Nation Governments to implement the Yukon Literacy Strategy to develop education, training and literacy programs to help reduce social and economic disparities between Whitehorse and the communities, and
  • develop a plan with Yukon College for the transition to a university in a manner that builds on existing College programs and maintains a focus on basic adult education, trades and professional training, second language support programs and high school upgrading.

K-12 Education

Improving educational outcomes is crucial to the future of our territory. Our schools will succeed if the community is invested in their success, if students are motivated to learn, and if parents and teachers have the supports they need in and out of the classroom.

A Yukon Liberal Government will:

  • enhance education governance, in consultation with partners in education, by exploring the establishment of an additional school board(s);
  • support the implementation of a student-centered, Yukon version of the revised B.C. K-12 curriculum that focuses on skills and experiential learning while maintaining academic standards and improving graduation rates;
  • ensure that schools have the necessary resources (e.g. in-school social workers, psychologists) to facilitate health services work within all Yukon schools;
  • support the First Nations Education Commission in their efforts to realize their vision for education;
  • develop incentives and increase opportunities for teachers in rural Yukon to remain in and integrate with communities;
  • review teacher hiring practices in conjunction with the Yukon Teachers’ Association, and
  • work with the Commission Scolaire Francophone du Yukon, l’Association Franco-Yukonnaise, Yukon francophone families and Francophone and French immersion schools to plan for a new Francophone secondary school.