Question re: Territorial formula financing - April 7, 2016

Mr. Silver: Mr. Speaker, this year the annual transfer payment from the Government of Canada to the Yukon is on the rise again. It’s at a record level, in fact. We received $21 million more than last year and we continue to rely on Ottawa for more than 80 percent of our budget.

Despite years of promises from the Yukon Party, we remain as dependent as ever on Ottawa. The Yukon Party promises to make Yukon a net contributor to Canada and we are failing in that regard. Despite yet another increase, the government is still unhappy and wanted more from Ottawa. The changes should come as no surprise to the Premier because he and a former federal Conservative Finance minister signed the agreement that we have in place now. Changes that were implemented last fall are part of that agreement, and the government has known about these changes since 2012, and certainly since 2014.

Mr. Speaker, will the Premier confirm for the record that the transfer payment from Ottawa is up some $21 million over last year?

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Statement by Klondike MLA Sandy Silver on 2016 Budget

“The goal of this budget is to try to buy Yukoners’ hearts and minds with their own money.

A look at the long term plan shows a spike in capital spending that drops off dramatically after the next election.  What the territory needs is a consistent project building schedule that ensures local contractors receive the lion’s share of the work, and keeps dollars in Yukon.  The largest project in the budget is being built by an Outside contractor.

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In recognition of Martin Kienzler, Outstanding Partner Award

Mr. Silver: Mr. Speaker, I would like to rise today on behalf of all of my colleagues in the Legislative Assembly to pay tribute to Dawson City resident and Yukon government employee, Martin Kienzler. Aside from his many contributions to the community, he was recently awarded the Outstanding Partner award by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Jeane Lassen becomes Liberal Candidate for Takhini-Kopper King

Whitehorse – Known to most Yukoners as an Olympic weightlifter, Jeane Lassen, who became the first Yukon athlete to participate in a Summer Olympics at the 2008 Beijing Games, will now be the Liberal candidate for the riding of Takhini-Kopper King.

Lassen, who grew up in the Takhini Trailer Court, announced earlier this year that she would be seeking the nomination for her home riding.

“I want to give back to my community,” Lassen said. “I feel so fortunate to have been able to represent Yukon and Canada all over the world as an athlete. I’ve learned many lessons in my sports career both on and off the field of play. I feel that using what I’ve learned to help serve others is what makes those tough lessons truly worthwhile.”

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Yukon Liberals set Whitehorse West nomination meeting

Whitehorse – The Nomination Meeting to select the Yukon Liberal candidate in Whitehorse West has been set for April 19th, 2016.

The meeting will be held at 7 PM at the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre.

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Yukon Liberals set Takhini-Kopper King nomination meeting

Whitehorse – The Nomination Meeting to select the Yukon Liberal candidate in Takhini-Kopper King has been set for April 6th, 2016.

The meeting will be held on April 6th, at 7 PM at the Canada Games Centre-Meeting Room #2.

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Yukon Liberal Party hosts first two nomination meetings

Whitehorse - The nomination meetings for Yukon Liberal candidates in the ridings of Mount Lorne Southern Lakes and Whitehorse Centre will take place on March 2nd and 3rd respectively.

John Streicker will represent the party in Mount Lorne Southern Lakes and Tamara Goeppel will be the nominee for Whitehorse Centre.  Both candidates will be acclaimed.

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Taylor bows out to manage business interests, assist parents

Whitehorse Rod Taylor announced today he is ending his bid to represent the Yukon Liberal Party in the next territorial election in order to manage growing business interests outside the Yukon and to have the flexibility to provide support for his family in Ontario. Taylor is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the International Ecotourism Development Corporation, a company that creates world class eco-resorts as well as provides consultation services to the tourism industry. 

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Yukon Liberals set Whitehorse Centre nomination meeting

Whitehorse - The Nomination Meeting to select the Yukon Liberal Party Candidate in the riding of Whitehorse Centre will be held on March 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the High Country Inn, room B1.

To be eligible to vote at the nomination meeting, voters must reside in the riding of Whitehorse Centre and either:

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Yukon Liberals set Mount Lorne - Southern Lakes as first nomination meeting

Whitehorse - The Nomination Meeting to select the Yukon Liberal Party Candidate in the riding of Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes will be held on March 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Mount Lorne Community Centre at Km. 1, Annie Lake Road.

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