Nominations: Copperbelt South MLA Moorcroft vows to continue fighting for Yukoners as part of an NDP government
Longtime Yukon NDP MLA Lois Moorcroft has announced she will seek re-election in her Alaska Highway riding of Copperbelt South.
Flanked by supporters and set against a backdrop of the Alaska Highway and the famous DC-3 weather vane, Moorcroft voiced concerns about the Yukon Party's Alaska Highway corridor plan. "Copperbelt South constituents and Alaska Highway business owners have been clear that we need safe transportation routes, but the current Alaska Highway corridor plan doesn’t make the grade. It’s important to get this right."
Since winning the riding of Copperbelt South, Moorcroft has been an effective advocate for her constituents in Alaska Highway country residential neighbourhoods. Her unanimously-supported motion in the legislature to build accessible campsites and facilities during this year's planned Wolf Creek campground upgrades means that more Yukoners will be able to enjoy a jewel of the Alaska Highway. As a member of the Yukon legislature's fracking committee, Moorcroft heard firsthand that the vast majority of Yukoners are opposed to a practice that the committee's expert witnesses stated may lead to significant environmental damage.
"The Yukon government must play a leadership role in preserving our environment, the lands and waters, the boreal forest, and the species – including humanity itself – whose habitat is threatened," added Moorcroft. "We can never replace what we destroy.”
Drawing on her extensive experience both as a government minister and a member of the Official Opposition, Moorcroft believes that Yukon is at a crossroads and requires a combination of legislative experience and diverse voices to effectively represent Yukoners. Moorcroft is excited to use her experience to tackle the challenges of a modern Yukon at the heart of a Yukon NDP government led by Premier Liz Hanson.
“The next Yukon government must live up to our land claims agreements and co-operate with First Nations governments to move forward on land use planning that creates economic certainty in our resource sectors," said Moorcroft. “I am excited to renew my pledge to serve the community, and I hope I can count on my constituents' support in the months ahead.”