Good Government

Working with and for Yukoners

Yukon is a place we can be proud of. We know that by working together and by trusting each other, we can accomplish great things. So many of us were involved in Yukon Cares, giving time, money, clothing and more to welcome Syrian refugees into our community. The same spirit guided our work together to create and sign our Yukon First Nation Final and Self-Government agreements. Yukoners and the territory are better because of that.

Yukoners like to get along, support each other, talk about and work through issues to find solutions, cooperate, collaborate and share opportunities. Yukoners expect their government to do the same.

It is time for a feminist government that believes in social justice and the wellbeing of all Yukoners, not just the favoured few.

We will reflect the values of Yukon people. A New Democratic government will put transparency, accountability and democracy at the foundation of our governance. We will always put Yukoners first and will work with the public, First Nation governments, municipalities and stakeholders to build a better Yukon. Reconciliation with Yukon aboriginal people will be a guiding principle.

Working together in common cause for a better Yukon

A YUKON NEW DEMOCRATIC TEAM WILL

  • restore respectful working relationships with all First Nation governments based on the honour of the Crown and a generous understanding of our commitments and obligations to First Nations instead of an approach based on minimum requirements
  • work with Yukon First Nations, the Government of Canada and Yukoners to collectively engage in a process to achieve a fundamental shift in our relationship with Yukon aboriginal people and to turn the page on government to government relations, including First Nations who have not signed land claim settlements – by building trust, respecting and honouring aboriginal rights and titles and First Nation Final and Self-Government Agreements, and by implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • work with the Government of Canada and Yukon First Nations to implement the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People as a framework for reconciliation and in a manner that protects all of the provisions of First Nation Final and Self-Government Agreements
  • work with the Francophone community to respect their rights and breathe new life into the Languages Act, public services in French and other community development priorities, including education, recognizing the importance of linguistic duality in Canadian and Yukon history and understanding the necessary of an open dialogue to increase the partnership between the speakers of both official languages
  • make National Aboriginal Day a statutory holiday
  • set a more respectful tone in the Yukon Legislative Assembly, by our MLAs’ own behaviour and by the way business is conducted
  • work with Yukon’s cultural communities of New Canadians and permanent residents on ways to enhance an inclusive Yukon, celebrate diversity, encourage community involvement and support the path to citizenship and opportunity

Walking the talk on transparency and accountability

A YUKON NEW DEMOCRATIC TEAM WILL

  • amend the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act based on the principle and presumption that government information ought to be accessible to the public and make recommendations from the Privacy Commissioner binding on government
  • take a participatory approach to budget-making — from the bottom up — by asking the public, Yukon First Nations, municipalities, local advisory councils, NGOs and community organizations to recommend priorities for territorial capital and program expenditures
  • ensure capital project decisions are based on demonstrated public needs and priorities
  • increase the accountability of MLAs to the public by creating opportunities for the public to speak to the legislature and committees
  • introduce paid lobbyist legislation including a publicly available lobbyist registry to ensure that when government deals with lobbyists, Yukoners will know about it
  • ensure legislative oversight over all government spending and give Members of the Legislative Assembly the information and tools to review government plans and budgets
  • develop new legislation to fill important gaps and update legislation, such as the Legal Profession Act and the Dental Profession Act, that has not kept pace with current practice or modern standards important to Yukoners, healthy communities, business and the economy
  • support the Yukon Human Rights Commission, Child and Youth Advocate and the Chief Electoral Officer so they can do their work on behalf of Yukoners in an effective and timely manner; and consistent with respecting its independence, invite the Human Rights Commission to appear annually before the Legislative Assembly.

Believing in a responsive, working democracy for all Yukoners

A YUKON NEW DEMOCRATIC TEAM WILL

  • modernize our electoral system to re-invigorate our democracy by establishing an Electoral Reform Commission to engage and collaborate with Yukoners to develop, and put forward to Yukoners, a proposal for the best system to replace our out-dated first-pass-the-post voting system, including consideration for fixed election dates and proportional representation
  • ban corporate, union and outside contributions to Yukon political parties so that government is accountable to individual Yukoners above all else
  • pass legislation to require by-elections in the event an MLA crosses the floor to sit as an independent or switches parties so that voters from the riding will have the final say
  • make government appointees to public bodies representative of the diversity of our population, including but not limited to gender parity, racial diversity and regional representation.

Respecting our public service employees

We value the skills, abilities, expertise and work of government employees. We respect their contribution to the development of public policy and their participation in the operations of government. Government employees are on the front lines of service to the public.

A YUKON NEW DEMOCRATIC TEAM WILL

  • work with departments, public service unions and managers to address the culture of fear that may have silenced employees’ ability to do their work effectively, provide professional advice for decision-making within government, and their ability to be involved in public issues
  • amend the Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act to strengthen protection for employees
  • work with the public service and unions to review the use and treatment of on-call and auxiliary government employees while performing the work of a full-time position

LET'S BUILD A BETTER YUKON. IT'S TIME.