Pillai Wins Yukon Liberal Nomination in Porter Creek South

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Whitehorse: Ranj Pillai won the Porter Creek South riding nomination in front of a packed room at the Church of the Northern Apostles.

“I must thank the residents of Porter Creek South for inviting me into their homes and for sharing their concerns, fears and dreams for the Yukon,” said Pillai. “My time on the doorsteps has taught me that this election is about respect. It is about respect for our children, for the people that are hurting and need our help, for our environment, for the Yukon business community and for our First Nations Governments.”

Pillai highlighted that the journey began 52 days prior to the nomination. Pillai was motivated by his duty to public service and the strong leadership of Sandy Silver, and encouraged by his wife Delilah and their two sons.

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Statement by Klondike MLA Sandy Silver on Supreme Court of Canada Peel decision

“Land use planning brings certainty for economic development while protecting our shared environment for future generations. When these decisions are left to the Supreme Court of Canada to decide, we lose our ability and responsibility to negotiate our shared future through a local lens.

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In recognition of Stephen Kozmeniuk

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I rise on behalf of all of my colleagues in the Legislative Assembly to pay tribute to local born-and-raised Yukoner, Stephen Kozmeniuk. As many of you have heard, Stephen is credited as the songwriter and producer on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, which won the best rap album at this year’s Grammy Awards. This is one of the highest accomplishments anyone in the music business can receive, and I congratulate him on that. During the highly publicized Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar performed the song that Stephen wrote and produced, The Blacker the Berry, which became one of the most impassioned and widely discussed songs after its release.

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Question re: Tourism statistics - May 25, 2016

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Earlier this year, the government released its annual tourism visitor statistical report after spending $600,000 on a new visitor tracking program. The government released the report without these new numbers saying that they were simply unavailable; $600,000 and no new numbers is not a great return on this investment. Yukon tourism operators are forced once again to rely on border crossing numbers as they have for many years. The contractor from the 2012 study has asked repeatedly for access to the data that was collected at that cost of $600,000 and has repeatedly been denied that information from this government. They have even filed an access to information request to get that data so that it can be distributed to the industry.

Why is the government fighting the release of this information?

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Question re: Investment in infrastructure development - May 24, 2016

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I would like to follow up on the question of infrastructure spending that I raised last week. While the Premier has been busy asking Ottawa to send more money, the Minister of Community Services has stated that he is worried too much money is on its way and the Yukon would not be able to keep up with its share. The government has known since last fall that a large influx of cash would be on the table from Ottawa and seems ill-prepared to take advantage of it.

Now, one option for the Government of Yukon to pursue would be to approach Yukon First Nation development corporations as a potential source of capital in order to take maximum advantage of the federal infrastructure dollars.

Madam Speaker, has the government even looked at this option?

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