Yukon NDP will take big money out of politics

Yukon NDP Leader Liz Hanson announced today that the Yukon NDP will take big money out of politics, banning corporate and union donations to political parties as well as donations from outside of the territory.

“It’s time to take big money out of Yukon politics. Yukoners are fed up with a government that just hasn’t been there for them. Democracy belongs to people, not to whichever special interest group can pay the highest price,” said Hanson.

The Yukon NDP Opposition caucus proposed this idea in the spring, at which time both the Liberal Party and Pasloski’s conservative Yukon Party were opposed. The NDP says that bringing this proposal forward in the election will allow Yukoners to have their say.

“When parties take big donations from outside of the territory or from special interest groups, that can affect how decisions are made. It’s hard to stand up for Yukoners when you’re answering to others. It’s time to make Yukon elections about Yukoners,” said Hanson.

 

THE FACTS

Corporate, Union and Outside Donations to Political Parties in The Yukon


Between 2011-2015, inclusive, the parties have raised the following amounts:

  • Yukon Party: $364,732
  • Yukon NDP: $334,269
  • Yukon Liberal: $166,853

Of that, the total Bank, Corporate and Union donations for each party is as follows:

  • Yukon Party: $258,869 (71%)
  • Yukon NDP: $41,642 (12%)
  • Yukon Liberal: $12,700 (7.6%)

The portion of Bank, Corporate and Union donations from outside of the territory is:

  • Yukon Party: $141,400 (39%)
  • Yukon NDP: $6,492 (2%)
  • Yukon Liberal: $10,900 (7%)

In 2015, the Yukon NDP outraised the other parties, while accepting no union or corporate donations.

Total Donations 2015:

  • Yukon Party: $69,615
  • Yukon NDP: $71,101
  • Yukon Liberal: $20,275

Of that, the total Bank, Corporate and Union donations for each party in 2015 was:

  • Yukon Party: $42,300 (61%)
  • Yukon NDP: $0 (0%)
  • Yukon Liberal: $1000 (0.5%)

 

 For more information, please contact:

Denise MacDonald
Communications Manager, Yukon NDP
w: 668-2203 
c: 332-0895
yukon@ndp.ca