Consultation on Improvements to Alaska Highway
The Yukon NDP will launch meaningful, comprehensive consultations with communities and businesses, and make the most dangerous sections of the highway safer, such as the South Access intersection.
Our community has many concerns about the Alaska Highway, including safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, but also broader issues such as the impact of highways on physical and mental health, bringing First Nations to the table in the spirit of meaningful reconciliation, lighting and stop lights, beautification, public transit, equity and accommodating a variety of users.
None of these issues can be addressed without meaningful community consultation, and yet Pasloski's government recklessly began construction without taking local citizens experiences and needs into consideration.
“Local residents and small businesses have noticed that construction started this summer on the highway without further input of the community as promised,” notes Yukon NDP candidate for Mountainview Shaunagh Stikeman. “We need to ensure improvements increase accessibility for small businesses, ensure safety for commuters and create safe spaces for pedestrians and cyclists; Darrell Pasloski’s plan fails on all of these,” says Stikeman. “It is clear that the government has lost the trust of Yukoners, wasting time and money on a project that doesn’t address the needs of our community.”
Yukon NDP candidate for Copperbelt South Lois Moorcroft reports that, as Highways Critic, she "challenged our government to be accountable to community and it paid off: they slowed down their rushed implementation plan and are now backing down from plans to waste millions on twinning,” said Moorcroft. “The Yukon NDP worked incredibly hard as Opposition over the last five years. We will work even harder in government to develop infrastructure with Yukoners, for Yukoners.”